"Cyber school? What? What are they talking about? Hmm....I'd better listen to this a little more closely!" And, what I heard on the morning radio show totally blew me away! I have friends, who have family members that home school their children. But honestly, this was the first time I'd ever heard the term, cyber school! And, I've got to tell you - the Mother and Son who were being interviewed were very happy and excited about this learning experience.
So, off to my computer I went! I Goggled "cyber school elementary" and the first entry was in my own State of Colorado - Colorado Virtual Academy Here it was, in my own backyard and I didn't even know about it! The Colorado Virtual Academy (COVA) offers a virtual learning experience for students in K -12. The instructors are qualified and experienced Colorado-licensed teachers, who are available to students both online and by phone. COVA provides a K12 curriculum which covers both core subjects and electives, online planning and assessment tools, resources, textbooks and much more. They also profess to have a very supportive school community, which organizes monthly activities for COVA parents, students, and staff. Outside of the learning materials that you may be required to purchase, COVA provides a tuition-free public education for grades K-12.
So....what do you think about this? Will this be the new wave of the future? Will cyber school someday replace the brick and mortar schools? If children are now learning at home - won't they be missing out on all the social learning aspects that a traditional school provides? Sports? Activities? After school programs?
I would love to hear your comments!