During Mrs. Wright’s Back-to-School Night address, she said that there are times that “I engage people in an educational technology conversation, or describe new technology initiatives, but people walk away from those conversations not knowing what I just said, more confused or just believing me because they have faith that I know what I am talking about.” So, this blog will detail some of the slang, tech jargon and the alphabet soup of acronyms that I may throw out during conversations and emails. The blog will be like a Wikipedia of terms you may hear around BCA, and it will continually be updated as BCA continues its investment in 21st Century Skills. At this point you may already be asking yourself, “What are 21st Century Skills?”
21st Century Skills
21st Century Skills are a set of knowledge, work habits and skills deemed important for success in today’s higher education arenas, ever-changing job market and information age. There are three categories of 21st Century Skills: learning, literacy and life skills. For more specific skills you can visit here.
Learning Management System/LMS/Classaide
Learning management systems or LMS are software/applications that assists in the delivery of electronic education. Here at BCA, our LMS is called Classaide. Classaide is a BCA-specific software that allows students have access to digital class content, websites, multimedia, discussion boards and even to turn in assignments! Features can be added at any given time to help with the delivery of course content. A great feature about an LMS is that students can have access to their learning on any type of device whether it be a phone, laptop, PC or tablet. Students have access to their learning any time, any place. Learning management systems even have the capabilities to eliminate snow days!
A flipped classroom takes the “lecture” or teaching piece of the classroom and assigns it for homework, usually in the format of a short video or demonstration. Then, during class time, students are given more learning opportunities, time and personalization to work on and apply what they learned the night before.
For more about flipped classrooms visit this helpful site.