Transform the instructors first?
Here's a short Twitter conversation that I had with Mary Zedeck on Wednesday:
I've been thinking about the question that I asked Mary. I wonder how many P-12 teachers or postsecondary faculty have had transformative experiences using technology. In other words, how many of them have personally intersected with some of the world-changing and paradigm-shifting possibilities that are out there? And for those who have, how many of them really understood what happened (i.e., how many recognized the bigger implications of the event that they personally experienced)?
Can we realistically expect educators who have not personally had (and understood) transformative technology experiences to create such experiences for their students? If not (and I'm guessing not), what implications does this have for our preservice and inservice training efforts?
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