This page is designed to provide a quick orientation to help you get started using AthenaBridge software. Create a free account (for teachers of grades 5-12 only, for other uses please see the pricing on our homepage). This software runs in the web browser; no downloads are necessary.
Video of a Blended Classroom Debate (In-Person & Online)
We recommend blending this software with in-person discussion: 15 min online, then 15 min in-class discussion, then 10 min online, and then 10 min in-class discussion. Opening up an online participation channel has several advantages:
- allows for a much higher bandwidth for simultaneous communication and interaction (with in-class discussion a max of one person can speak to the class at any given time),
- gives students an opportunity to practice written communication,
- gives shy students a chance to add their ideas, and
- bypasses the popularity contest by letting students examine ideas based on reasons without knowing who wrote them (only the teacher knows).
Be sure to watch the 7-min video, then get started by creating a free account!
After you set up a conversation (which can consist of brainstorming, deliberation, summarization, and/or voting) send students the link to that conversation and then they can create their own non-admin account there.
We are committed to helping you get the most out of our software. Please do not hesitate contact us with your questions and suggestions: firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to leave suggestions in the comment section below.