Normalisation

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.

7 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

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 http://www.slideshare.net/chrissi/social-authoring-for-melsig-event-at-ljmu-3-june-2014

    Chrissi from the UK ;)

  3. Pingback: ICT and Normalisation | ednastrange

  4. You are living the dream! :)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s