Online Enrichment Courses for Gifted and Talented Children Ages 5-17
Students enjoy innovative online courses in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) + Humanities
New and Improved! SIG Online Learning utilizes the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS) and follows a programming that includes synchronous (instructor live face time) and asynchronous (independent) experiences.
The synchronous component includes both academic and social class meetings facilitated by Zoom, while the asynchronous component provides independent and self-directed opportunities for students to engage in unique activities and tasks relevant to enrolled courses.
Students need access to the Internet and basic word processing, a web camera, and presentation software (such as Word and PowerPoint) on a regular basis. Students should have a level of comfort with creating new documents, videos, and presentations, navigating the web to conduct research, and saving/uploading documents. For ages 5-8, parent support may be required for asynchronous and synchronous experiences up to the weekly time commitment of selected program and for older students as needed based on comfort and experience.
This program is open to students who are gifted, academically talented, and creative students who demonstrate eligibility or have participated in any SIG program.
SIG encourages all students who have an interest in our course topics to apply for courses and experience creative and critical engagement with like-minded peers.
Visit our eligibility page for SIG admissions requirements.
- Course Structure: The 3-week Summer Online Investigators and Innovators Programs offer students a virtual opportunity to experience our unique onsite courses available for the 2021 SIG summer. Students work on asynchronous (independent) and synchronous (scheduled virtual face time class meetings) each week for the course. All course work is provided through the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS). The purpose of each course is for students to engage in virtual learning experiences in varied fields of interest and then to apply their new knowledge within personally meaningful products.
- Course Supplies: Designated courses have required or optional course supplies and books students can secure pre-program. Course supplies range from $10-$50 and books range from $10-$30. Course supply information for each session is shared on the student portal 4 weeks before the program begins.
- Synchronous Course Meetings:
- Academic class meetings: Instructors host three 1-hour live class meetings each week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at designated course times for instructional purposes. Synchronous academic class meetings provide collaborative learning experiences to activate curiosity, promote real-world applications, communicate multiple perspectives, and dive deeper into course topics. Visit the Summer Online Investigators and/or Innovators Program courses for more information on the synchronous schedule by course and session.
- Social Mixer class meetings: SIG hosts one 1-hour social class meeting each week on Wednesdays to provide students opportunities to cultivate friendships, socialize with new peers, and expand awareness of culture within multi-age groups through guided activities and experiences. Visit the Summer Online Investigators and/or Innovators Program courses for more information on the social mixer synchronous schedule by session.
- Asynchronous Course Work: Instructors post asynchronous course materials on a weekly basis through the Moodle learning management system (LMS) for students to work on independently during the week. Course assignments are posted on Mondays and students have the flexibility to work on asynchronous work throughout the week with the expectation for an end-of-week submission (Fridays). The asynchronous time commitment is 3 hours a week, 9 hours for each course and may vary based on skills and interest in the course.
- Time Commitment: The time commitment for each course for the 3-week session is a total of 21 hours, of which 12 hours are synchronous and 9 hours are asynchronous. Weekly, students can expect to be engaged 4 hours for synchronous class meeting (3 hours academic + 1 social live class meetings) and 3 hours of asynchronous (independent work).
- Technology requirements and competency: Students need access to the Internet, a web camera, and basic word processing and presentation software (such as Word and PowerPoint) daily. Students should have a level of comfort with creating new documents, videos, and presentations, navigating the web to conduct research, saving/uploading documents, and video conferences. Parent support may be required as needed based on comfort and experience.
"This is our second SIG online course and we can’t wait to enroll again. The classes are stimulating; the teachers find incredible online resources that engage the kids and the forum really provides a classroom feel. We highly recommend SIG Online and have recommended it to many friends." ~ Parent, Summer Online
"SIG is a great academic program that allows the conscientious student to enjoy the summer activities without feeling the constraints of daily school routines. The courses offered and curriculum are at a high level. My son looks forward to SIG each year!" ~ Parent, Summer Online
Summer Online 2021
See the Summer Online Learning Program FAQs.
Session 1 Dates: June 7 - June 25
Ages: 11-17 years
*Students must be 5 years by June 25, 2021 to enroll.
Session 2 Dates: June 28 - July 16
Ages: 5-17 years
*Students must be 5 years by July 16, 2021 to enroll.
Application Deadline: June 21, 2021
Session 3 Dates: July 19 - August 6
Ages: 5-17 years
*Students must be 5 years by August 31, 2021 to enroll.
Application Deadline: July 12, 2021
Tuition per course: $1495*
*Fee does not include cost for books or course supplies, if applicable. Application Fee: $100
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
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