Jeff The Thinking Stick Utecht’s latest posts, “I don’t want to integrate it, I want to embed it” and “Embedding the tool is only the first part” got me thinking – then I read all the comments (18 in total so far) and had to add the phrase “the way we do business here” from Will Richardson and the word “grafting” from Ric Murray to my thinking.
What’s going on in our classroom? Integrating? Embedding? Grafting? Or is it just the way we do business here? Honestly? I think most of the time is a bit of all four! Integrate means find a place where it fits – well that’s what I do when I discover a new web2.0 tool and I desperately want to share it with my students. Embed means to incorporate or contain as an essential part or characteristic. Our wikispace is an essential part of our learning, it’s the “go to place” for everyone – we wouldn’t be room18 without our wikispace. Grafting means to join or unite closely, or “seamless- invisible” from Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach. We use what ever tool, what ever technology helps us the most to learn, to teach others, to display our learning, to extend our learning or to share our learning. It’s intertwined, interlinked and intermingled and “it’s also the way we do business here.”
So what’s going on in your classroom?