My First Blog Post

Is iomaí cor sa tsaol

There is many a twist in life

Hello/Dia Duit!!

This is my first post. Starting this blog, I will share interests I have, whether it be my passion for speaking my native tongue, the music I listen to daily, fitness progress, or my experiences hiking and kayaking.

I hope I can motivate people through this to try Irish even if it is not your national language. Stress is a part of life and everyone has experienced it. I love music and try to work out everyday. These are great therapy for me physically and mentally. When we exercise, our heart rate increases and our body pumps more oxygen to the brain. This process has an affect on our overall positivity. I find this works great for me, and i’m sure it will for anyone!

Blogging is a new challenge for me. I understand new experiences are beneficial because twists and turns help people learn and prepare for the future. Feedback is very much appreciated.

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Digital Badge Assignment 4b – Cumulative Critical Review of My Learning

During this module we tackled different aspects of the digital world. In this review, I discuss the areas I feel I progressed most, in terms of understanding social media and its purposes.

LinkedIn and Networking

When thinking about my traits prior to this module, I would say that I am not outgoing and that I am an introvert and that meeting new people makes me anxious. Before this module, I always worried about getting a job after college. Now I feel more confident after learning about networking and LinkedIn. I understand that making a connection with other professionals can help with aspects of my future career (Mariliza, 2017). As a result, I decided to arrange one to one meetings with, one of my Irish language lecturers, a former secondary school teacher and one of my brother’s friends who is also a teacher. I wanted to gain a better understanding of the career field. I learned that it is more comfortable and more effective to meet one on one as it is not as intimidating as a gathering or an event. We arranged the meetings on zoom, however, in future It would be more effective in person.

Along with the peer feedback process, these meetings demonstrated to me, how valuable listening to different perspectives can be. This meeting certainly helped me with regards to my career planning and career goals. After speaking to my Irish lecturer, I realize that there are opportunities to translate Irish with the European Commission because of the lack of translators. We also discussed job opportunities with Irish organisations such as TG4, Conradh na Gaeilge, Foras na Gaeilge and ainm.ie which have a vital role in promoting the language.

Prior to this module, I understood that recruiters use social media to support their recruitment process. I am not very active on social media so I never believed this could hinder me. However, I was not aware that there was a platform where I could consciously show my skills and sell myself. That platform is LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a platform that I feel is essential to jobseekers. It provided me with an area to develop my professional image (Fulton, 2016). I feel that this could help me expand my network in the Irish language field. I plan to keep using LinkedIn to stay in touch with professional contacts in college and to build new connections that may help me in future.

Digital Footprint

I learned a lot regarding my digital footprint. Although they may deny it, these online records are used by employers. After reading and attempting to rewrite Facebook’s Privacy Policy and researching Facebook’s history of failing to protect user privacy (Sanders, 2019), I learned to be more wary of my data online. Trying to rewrite the policy in a simple syntax helped me understand my own privacy and gave me a wider view of Facebook’s purposes to collect our data. I did google search my name to assess my digital footprint, finding a picture of me with a bottle of beer in my hand. I understand how this may reflect on me professionally and so I will be more conscious in future. Overall, this process persuaded me to review and adjust some of my privacy settings on all social media accounts.

Online Collaboration

Prior to this module, I had little or no knowledge of online collaboration. Due to this, I approached it with an opened mind. I quickly learned that Online collaboration ‘refers to the tools and platforms people use to work together within a digital environment’(Warren, 2019). One of these tools is blogging. Before this module I knew that a blog was similar to a diary. I didn’t however, understand and appreciate the benefits that blogging can have as part of online collaboration. Blogging has improved my ability when writing, in terms of analysis and creative skill. This has and will attribute to my academic writing in future.


I find that the reflective process is very rewarding as well. It is a way that myself and others can assess my own learning collaboratively and reflect on it effectively. The Peer feedback process made me reflect which was rewarding. One example of assessment feedback that made me consider my learning was that I did not provide any links between new knowledge and previous knowledge. Another was that I showed no evidence of integration of prior knowledge, feelings or attitudes with new knowledge, feelings or attitudes, and therefore not arriving at new perspectives.

Blogging proves to be an effective way to connect prior knowledge and new knowledge as it uses ‘personal opinions, thoughts, connections and real life stories in order to interact with others via the web’ (Kendrick, 2007). When thinking about my learning, I need to construct new information into my existing mental framework in order to learn effectively (Lamon, n.d.). In future, I plan to assess my existing knowledge and beliefs about the subject by writing down any conception I may have, whether it be right or wrong and revisit this knowledge after studying the subject. Giving and receiving peer feedback was beneficial as it allowed me to identify areas that I could improve on. The process gave me a well-rounded viewpoint and helped me to develop as a learner.


Fulton, C., & McGuinness, C. M. (2016). Digital detectives: Solving information dilemmas in an online world. Kidlington, UK;Cambridge, MA, USA;: Chandos Publishing is an imprint of Elsevier. doi:10.1016/C2014-0-02094-1

Lamon, M. (n.d.) Learning Theory Constructivist Approach. education.stateuniversity/  Retrieved from: https://education.stateuniversity.com/pages/2174/Learning-Theory-CONSTRUCTIVIST-APPROACH.html

Mariliza, K. (2017, May 11). Ten important benefits of Networking. CareerAddict. Retrieved at: https://www.careeraddict.com/benefits-networking

Principle Kendrick, (2007, September 27) Connecting New Knowledge to Prior Knowledge [Blog Post] Retrieved from: https://kendrik2.wordpress.com/2007/09/27/connecting-new-knowledge-to-prior-knowledge/

Sanders, J (2019, July 24). Facebook data privacy scandal: A cheat sheet. TechRepublic. Retrieved at: https://www.techrepublic.com/article/facebook-data-privacy-scandal-a-cheat-sheet/

Is it possible to control your digital reach? How can social media tools facilitate your efforts in managing your digital footprint?

I understand that you cannot change your digital reach, but you can control it and make personal decisions that protect your digital footprint. Previously, I understood that people could view and share your information, before you get the chance to remove it. LinkedIn is a website that is used to connect people using an online CV. The impression your share with people on social media such as this, can either improve or damage your chances of being employed (Fulton, 2016). LinkedIn is more enhanced than a written CV and can strengthen the network of people you know and work with.

While privacy policies can be long and use complex language, rewriting the Facebook policy made me consider my privacy much more in depth than prior to this exercise. Peer feedback helped me realize what tools were available. Facebook privacy settings allows me to manage my digital footprint (Charles, 2016). I can control who can see posts on my timeline, whether it will be friends only or public to the world. We need to reflect on how posts might make you feel in future (Fulton, 2016). It was important for me to review my setting for the safety of my friends aswell, as they may be pictured in photos with me. Although the privacy policy is complex, the privacy settings prove simple to navigate and proves a useful tool to manage your digital footprint.


Charles, C. (2016, December 5). 5 important Facebook privacy settings you NEED to get right. Thatsnonsense.com. Retrieved at: https://www.thatsnonsense.com/5-important-facebook-privacy-settings-need-get-right/

Fulton, C., & McGuinness, C. M. (2016). Digital detectives: Solving information dilemmas in an online world. Kidlington, UK;Cambridge, MA, USA;: Chandos Publishing is an imprint of Elsevier. doi:10.1016/C2014-0-02094-1

My Facebook Privacy Policy and Rationale

This privacy policy is important to you if you are starting to use Facebook. After reading this, you will understand your rights and you can use Facebook safely. If you are under 18, ask a parent to read with you.

Informed and Conscious use

You have the right to informed and conscious use, (knowing that the internet wants to keep you online). If you spend too much time online, speak to a parent for advice on how to avoid overuse.

You have the right to digital literacy (knowing how to use Facebook and it’s purpose)

We at facebook want to know about you and how you use it. We will collect information on your messaging, your location. What other kind of information do we take from you?

You have the right to know who has access to your information

-People, pages and accounts you are connected to.

-How you use everything on facebook.

-The phone or laptop etc you use.

-Activities off facebook and offline such as websites you visit, purchases you make, games you play.

You Have the right to know our purposes for using your information. How do we use it?

-We make your news feed more suited to you.

-We suggest events, friends.

-We take your location to improve our products including ads (You can change this in privacy settings).

-We help partners (companies we work with) see how well their ads and products are doing on Facebook.

-To Promote safety, integrity and security.

How is this information shared?

-It is shared by people and accounts you communicate and share with.

-Content others share or reshare about you.

-info about your active status or presence on our products.

-Apps and websites on or using our products.

-A new owner

-Partners (companies we work with) who use our analytics services.


-partners (companies we work with) offering goods, services in our products.

-Vendors (company or person that sells good and services) and service providers.

-Researchers and academics.

-Law enforcement or legal requests.

What is our legal basis for processing data? / Why do we collect information?

We collect, use and share the data that we have in the ways described above:

as necessary to fulfill our Facebook Terms of Service or Instagram Terms of Use;

consistent with your consent, which you may revoke at any time through the Facebook Settings and Instagram Settings;

as necessary to comply with our legal obligations;

to protect your vital interests, or those of others;

as necessary in the public interest; and

as necessary for our (or others’) legitimate interests, including our interests in providing an innovative, personalized, safe, and profitable service to our users and partners, unless those interests are overridden by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms that require protection of personal data.

Use your rights provided under the GDPR

Under the General Data Protection Regulation, you have the right to access, change, port and erase your data. Learn more about these rights and find out how you can exercise your rights in the Facebook Settings and Instagram Settings. You also have the right to stop and restrict certain processing of your information.


You have the right to delete what you have put up.

When you delete your account, we delete things you have posted, such as your photos and status updates, and you won’t be able to see that information later. Information that others have shared about you isn’t part of your account and won’t be deleted.

Safety and support if something goes wrong

Safety and support is very important and we encourage parents to teach their children about safe internet practices. To learn more, visit our Safety Centre.

To protect minors, we may put special safeguards in place (such as making it more difficult for adults to share and connect with them)



Visit these pages for more about safety and support.

Notifications of changes to this policy

We’ll notify you before we make changes to this policy and give you a chance to read the new policy before you continue using Facebook.

If you are unsure or do not understand any of this policy, please ask a parent or get in contact with the safety centre below.



At the beginning, I try to encourage readers, especially children to keep reading by stating the importance of the policy before using Facebook. I did not understand very well how Facebook worked until my early twenties and so I think anyone under 18 should get help from a parent to read and understand with them.

I excluded ‘Device Information’ and ‘Measurement Partners’ because the policy needs to be as short as possible in order for people to read it. I tried to use short sentences and simple language such as ‘language’ for words like ‘data’. I excluded Facebook’s use of our camera because I don’t believe it is necessarily improving our experience.

Digital Badge 4- LinkedIn


The first things an employer will see on my LinkedIn profile above, is that I work part-time while studying a Master’s degree, which is a effective first impression to leave. Managing both of these responsibilities proves a good skill. Time management is significant to employers. Having completed a college degree, an employer can understand that I have the dedication and follow-through needed to earn the degree. The employer can also see that I work as a waiter at banqueting which demands me to be a multitasker, team player, problem solver and good communicator, all of which are traits important to employers no matter what field of work.

Digital Badge 3-Critical Analysis of my Learning

This week I used the social media tool screencast-o-matic video, recording, editing and uploading a short video on how to search for google images. I am happy and pleasantly surprised with how accessible and useful the video was to record and upload. I feel that most people could use this tool without difficulty. The screencast-o-matic allows you to adjust the display to the full view of your screen, helping others visualise information and visualise my approach to searching google images. This is greater than simply sharing instructions with written words. My instructional video is a form of data visualisation and like infographics and analytics, their aim is to take complex data which is presented in text form and make it easier to understand through a more simple and attractive presentation (Fulton, 2016). This video instruction proves to be more valuable than using written words.

As well as this, I learned the importance of visual analytics to anyone or any brand who wants to be successful. I had no prior knowledge of this use and I feel it is valuable to me now. Social analytics is the gathering and interpreting of social media related data (The Detailed Guide to Understanding Your Social Analytics, 2019). These serve as a tool for us to visualise information and allow us to gain a better view of conditions. Both Infographs and visual analytics allow us to share, understand and consume a large amount of data. After utilizing these social media tools, I consider them to be a very valuable type of communication.


Fulton, C., & McGuinness, C. M. (2016). Digital detectives: Solving information dilemmas in an online world. Kidlington, UK;Cambridge, MA, USA;: Chandos Publishing is an imprint of Elsevier. doi:10.1016/C2014-0-02094-1

The Detailed Guide to Understanding Your Social Analytics (2019, October 30). Retrieved from https://www.lyfemarketing.com/blog/social-analytics/

Digital Badge Assignment 2 – Critical Analysis of My Learning

Pinterest is different to other platforms in that visuals are likely to be the first thing you see; colour and images are used to focus the attention of the audience on your message. Pinterest is one platform that is being used to create and manage information using narrative appeals, such as personal stories accompanied by photos, this is influencing people to decrease their vaccination intentions (Guidry, 2015).

My Maps is a tool that I can visualize data with. Overlaying data is a powerful skill in managing online information. Managing data is a useful skill that will help in my future studies. The tool allows me to hand draw points, lines and polygons on my map with the drawing tools. As well as making your own detailed map with different layers, this social media tool allows us to collaborate with other people’s maps. Collaborating online by creating and managing this mapping information is allowing people to learn about places they may never get to see. Visualisation data such as mapping, is enhancing our understanding (Tableau, 2020). Pocket is an app that is useful for my academic studies because I can save articles and ideas in one place to develop later.

All these platforms are educational, nevertheless we do need to manage appropriately everything we create, as to not manipulate and influence people negatively.


Guidry, J. P. D., Carlyle, K., Messner, M., & Jin, Y. (2015). On pins and needles: How vaccines are portrayed on pinterest. Vaccine, 33(39), 5051-5056. doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2015.08.064

Tableau. (2020). Retrieved from https://www.tableau.com/learn/articles/interactive-map-and-data-visualization-examples

Digital Badge 1-Critical Analysis of my Learning

Creating this blog and trying different approaches has allowed me to discover my writing voice (Thomson, 2015).  In my first post, experimenting with the syntax and layout style has made me consider the voice I want to share with users online and who I want to attract. Considering how open and dangerous the web is, I understand I should not reveal everything, however.

I feel Blogging could benefit me regarding explaining a point and being precise in academic writing. I will focus on one topic or idea in a blog post and develop it. Practicing this in my blog will help me in academic writing when I develop an argument in an essay for example. Blogging is similar to a personal journal in that we monitor our progress and it allows us to learn by reflecting. This is an important step in becoming an effective learner (Fulton, 2016) and will prove helpful in my academic studies.

Giving and receiving peer feedback, listening to other perspectives opened my mind up to new ideas. Feedback is beneficial because I can take advice on board that I may not have even thought about before. Assessing the other’s work with the assessment rubric helped me identify digital competencies by making me consider areas others succeed in and could improve on (Fulton, 2016). This can also improve my own work. Giving and receiving feedback is collaborating online just like Wikipedia, Duolingo and blogging. Online Collaboration can help me grow academically and as a person.


Fulton, C., & McGuinness, C. M. (2016). Digital detectives: Solving information dilemmas in an online world. Kidlington, UK;Cambridge, MA, USA;: Chandos Publishing is an imprint of Elsevier. doi:10.1016/C2014-0-02094-1

Thomson, P. (2015, December 7). Blogging helps acedemic writing [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://patthomson.net/2015/12/07/blogging-helps-academic-writing/

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus you own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.

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