The Most Dangerous Word in Education

It’s integrate.  Hands down.

To me, to integrate means to assimilate.  To integrate something means to fit it into the existing and traditional containers of education.  To integrate means to find a way something new can be used to do something old.  To integrate means to find a way that something that could potentially create new directions, new tangents, and new patterns of behavior can become educationally compliant.

Incomplete puzzle with missing piece on human handEducators want to integrate technology.  Or, do educators want technology to disrupt what it means to engage in an education?

Here is the new one.  It gets asked all the time.  How can educators integrate design thinking into the classroom?

Perhaps a better approach might be to “integrate” the classroom into design thinking.  It’s my belief that you really don’t teach cell division, Hemingway, or World War II with design thinking – it’s not a focus on integrating it into established curriculum or methodologies.  You use design to rethink everything and create new conditions for teaching and learning.

A focus on integration takes a new idea and looks inward.  Perhaps a new approach may favor a different direction, one that looks beyond the expected and to an unknown location where a different and better experience is possible.


  1. Tom Turner says:

    When I work with educators I like to use the word ubiquitous when it comes to the use of technology in their classrooms. It needs to be there with a specific goal or target in mind.

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