Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Building the OMG Classroom: Anthony A. Luscre, Director of Technology for Mogadore Local Schools (OH) and Owner of SearchFindKnow.com, Will Present a Session Entitled "OMG, I CNT BLIEV WE R REALLY GTTNG 2 DO THS IN SKUL."

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Building the OMG Classroom: Anthony A. Luscre, Director of Technology for Mogadore Local Schools (OH) and Owner of SearchFindKnow.com, Will Present a Session Entitled "OMG, I CNT BLIEV WE R REALLY GTTNG 2 DO THS IN SKUL."

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ANTHONY A. LUSCRE, director of technology for Mogadore Local Schools (OH) and owner of SearchFindKnow. com, can trace his passion for discovering new information back to before the advent of the web with his first-grade Christmas wish list that included a set of encyclopedias. He speaks frequently on educational techwinology and will present a session during FETC entitled "OMG, I CNT BLIEV WE R REALLY GTTNG 2 DO THS IN SKUL."

The editors of T.H.E. Journal asked Luscre to write a bit about what it takes to create what students will describe as the "OMG Classroom." Here's what he had to say:

STUDENTS SPEND A lot of time outside of school using high-tech forms of communication, so why not capture these skills to improve student learning? Data from a recent Pew Research Center survey shows more than 75 percent of teens own cell phones, 73 percent use online social networking sites, and 38 percent share artwork, photos, stories, or videos online. Despite these statistics, schools and teachers have done little to capture this usage to benefit instruction and student learning, and to take advantage of the situation.

THE CHALLENGE

My challenge to teachers is to create assignments, projects, and techniques to capture your students' attention. Projects should be technology-rich, highly engaging, and fun learning experiences that reflect real-world skills. One indicator of success will be when parents ask their children, "What did you do in school today?" and the students forgo the usual "Nothing" and answer with, "OMG, I can't believe what we got to do today!"

THE DEATH OF ...

I know many teachers are leery of embracing students' outside-of-school technology use. They reply with statements such as, "Texting will be the death of proper spelling, grammar, and syntax," and, "Having always-available web access will be the death of learning facts." That's why the first portion of my presentation focuses on what I call the "litany of this new technology will be the death of ..."

For example, according to Socrates (469-399 B.C.), writing was going to be the death of thinking and debate. …

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