We know the importance of using exemplars in learning. They show students the high quality expected of them in their learning.
How many professional development and conference sessions show exemplars of student technology-infused academic learning? When we see stellar exemplars, we raise up to that level. How many professional development and conference sessions model technology in the same way that they want the teachers and students to use it? Or do conference sessions and professional development talk about technology and talk about the learn?
I am fascinated that many technology in education conferences and much professional development in schools focus on technology without concentrating on the student academic learning. Students usually do not realize the high level of learning expected of them unless we clearly show it to them. The same is true for teachers. Does each session start with exemplars of student academic learning? Does each session show how teachers and students help the students to arrive at that high level through technology? Or do the sessions focus on the mechanics of the technology? What are these sessions really modeling?