Flipping and Flexing in Science: Video Lessons and the i2Flex Model

Flipping and Flexing in Science: Video Lessons and the i2Flex Model

Labrini Rontogiannis (American Community Schools (ACS) Athens, Greece)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0267-8.ch017
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Abstract

The Digital Native is experiencing education during a very unique time. Learning with the help of technology, becoming independent and flexible learners, will only build on the skills they need to face a rapidly changing world and truly become architects of their own learning. The i2Flex model (a blended learning model) allows curriculum demands to be met while creating a learning environment whereby Middle School Science students are motivated and become engaged in higher order skills. This chapter will discuss the i2Flex philosophy and how the flipped classroom complements this methodology and allows students to build on higher order thinking skills within a K-12 international school setting.
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My “Flipped” Journey

During my first year of teaching at ACS Athens 10 years ago, our school had a set of computers in the library, chalk at our desks and an overhead projector positioned in the middle of our rooms. Today, three computer labs, two laptop carts, a dozen iPads and a computer, starboard and projector in my classroom, have transformed my teaching and learning. Technology has infiltrated education at an exponential rate, and rightfully so. With the profile of the 21st century learner changing, so must the methods used to teach them and inspire them.

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