At TCEA 2008, Tim Wilson of the Apple Distinguished Educators interviewed me about the Generation YES approach to professional development. The 14 minute podcast is on the Apple Learning Interchange site.
We discussed how to help teachers quickly move to student-centered uses of technology. Many professional development sessions focus on teaching tool features, yet this method can sometimes result in less teacher confidence as they become overwhelmed. By teaching students, or teaching students and teachers together, teachers can see how quickly students learn technology and that their fearlessness overcomes many obstacles. Teacher fears need not translate to student fears, but it’s hard for teachers to believe that until they see it with their own eyes.