I had one of those moments in my Language of our Times class today when you know technology has become normalised within your classroom.

Poet Alicia Sometimes was visiting, running a workshop to help my students gain insight into how to begin writing Spoken Word poetry. After watching a couple of examples from YouTube and discussing how they might get started, they launched into groups to begin the writing process.

What happened next?

Google Drives were opened, members of the class created a Doc and shared it with others in their group and the writing process began.

Just like that. No prompting. No suggestion that Google Docs would be a good way to collaborate. Nothing.

Normalisation of technology use.

Technology as facilitator for learning.

As it should be.


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7 responses to “Normalisation

  1. Very Cool! This is right on so many fronts, Whoohooo!
    YES “Normalisation”: that is what they NOW just do when given the chance.
    ALSO “Authentic” This is what works best for them given alternatives to try.
    AND “Student Voice” letting them choose from what they have explored or seen modelled.
    Of course these points are due to you guys having done the hard work to nurture and enable this. Well Done, Exciting stuff!

    • jennylu

      Thanks Rolfe. It’s so satisfying when you see it happening as normal practice. Makes all the hard work worth it. :)

  2. What a lovely example Jenny of normalised practice in action.

    Wondering if you are ok with me using this in an educational presentation about social authoring. I would link back to your post..

    If you would like to have a look at the presentation as it is at the moment, please visit

    Chrissi from the UK ;)

  3. Pingback: ICT and Normalisation | ednastrange

  4. You are living the dream! :)

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