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Sunday, April 15, 2012

"Equipping Every Learner for the 21st Century", brought to you by Cisco, the manufacturer of Wi-Fi and other communication devices

"Equipping Every Learner for the 21st Century", brought to you by Cisco, the manufacturer of Wi-Fi and other communication devices.  It is available here:  http://www.cisco.com/web/about/citizenship/socio-economic/docs/GlobalEdWP.pdf

It appears that Dr. Rock got his 21st Century Learner Profile ideas for technology in the classrooms by copying Cisco's message, "Equipping Every Learner for the 21st Century".  It incorporates almost all of Dr. Rock's terms, and he covers all of the bases brought out in the article, but it still does not prove that there are any gains to be had for the students...  It just means, if the bond passes, that we, the taxpayers of CCS (of which Dr. Rod Rock is not one), will be paying a big chunk of change until 2029 for equipment that is thus far, unproven to be beneficial for learning and may prove to be so harmful to the students and employees, that the district may have to ditch the whole plan, while we continue to pay for it, long after it is no longer being used, or, if they go ahead with it and use it, our children and teachers may have their health affected permanently from the low level long term Wi-Fi radiation from the use of the wireless devices in the schools and at home.

Dr. Rock is the MSDC (Michigan Staff Development Council) Executive Board President (also known as Learning Forward Michigan).  See link here: http://www.msdconline.org/BoardofDirectors/tabid/291/Default.aspx  This organization provides education and lobbying efforts for teachers.

Dr. Rock is pushing for Apple iPads for the wireless devices with which he intends to equip at least a large subset of the students.

It makes me wonder if he expects his next job to be working to spread the gospel of Apple (iPads), Cisco (wireless communication), or "Learning Forward"...  

However, he has now backtracked on the "one to one" AKA "1:global" devices for all students.  As of the 4/9/12 Clarkston Community Schools school board meeting, it is now 1:1 for 6th to 12th grades, 1:2 for 3rd to 5th graders with none of the devices going home with the students, and "classroom technology" for preschool to 2nd grade.  So the plans have changed yet again, but do you hear him crowing about that?   


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