To meet the educational needs of our gifted and talented students, our à la carte courses have two components:
1. Live Webinars:
Students attend interactive, live webinars at set times during the week, as found in the webinar schedule. Students are invited to interact with their classmates and instructor via live audio and text chat while viewing educational material displayed on the virtual whiteboard. To protect privacy, comply with criteria set by many charter schools that we work with, and to keep focus on the lesson, webcams are not used during the webinars. By not having a webcams feed, students (and teachers) are free to wiggle around, be any age, wear whatever they feel comfortable in, and be in various locations that may distract others. Find out more in our FAQ.
Our standard courses have a single-weekly, 50-minute webinar, while our higher-level courses may have longer or twice-weekly webinars. All of our webinars are recorded for later review and asynchronous learning.
2. Classroom Activities:
Students are able to access all of their courses at any time in the virtual classroom. There they have the opportunity to communicate with classmates and instructors, complete weekly activities, and review their progress.
Our classroom weeks are divided into three sections: Required, Highly Suggested, and Optional. In the Required Section, students complete activities such as reading assignments and threaded forum discussions between students. Athena’s educators provide the opportunity to explore subject matter further through activities in the Highly Suggested and Optional sections.
Our assignments and activities are designed to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter. Additional activities may include videos, science experiments, art projects, Minecraft™ activities, and more. The level of exploration is entirely up to the student and their parents. Athena’s can fit into nearly any educational lifestyle.