When you hear a family is homeschooling their child, it often doesn’t mean what it did 20 years ago. Many times the family is actually schooling their child through a cyber charter school, a home-based education program. PA Virtual Charter School is one of several cyber charter schools available to Pennsylvania families and has been serving students since 2001. While the phrases are often used interchangeably, it’s important to note that homeschooling and cyber schooling are not the same. In this post, we will cover the top three differences between attending a cyber charter school and homeschooling.
Parents have a lot in common. In spite of varied backgrounds, cultures, and belief systems, we can probably all relate to sleepless nights, toddler tantrums, and sticky kisses. As our children reach school age, the similarities continue. We are expected to help our students succeed in school by communicating with teachers, assisting with assignments, and supporting student learning at home.
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For the past 20 years, PA Virtual Charter School has been educating students across Pennsylvania in a cyber learning environment. As advances in technology have created more opportunities for virtual learning, many parents may wonder how reading is taught in a cyber school and how students are supported in this model. In this post, I will explain how I teach students to read in a virtual learning environment and the benefits that come along with it.
With everyone’s lives quickly changing due to advances in technology, more and more opportunity for virtual learning is emerging. PA Virtual has been teaching students online for the past 20 years. While a traditional brick and mortar school may be a good fit for some children, a cyber charter school might be more suitable for your child. There are many advantages of choosing the cyber model when it comes to your child’s education. Considering the safety factors of a virtual environment is a huge factor that might impact your decision as well. Cyber schooling takes place from the comfort of students’ home environments, which limits the outside forces that often disrupt brick and mortar learning.
There are always plenty of questions parents have about PA Virtual and cyber charter schools in general when they start looking into the cyber education model. Over the past 20 years of serving Pennsylvania families, we have noticed a handful of questions that are frequently asked by prospective parents. In this post, we’ll be answering some of the most common questions that parents ask before they enroll their child with PA Virtual Charter School.
Synchronous and asynchronous are big words that can have a big impact on your online education experience. What do they mean? Is one better than the other? How do you know which one you will prefer without experiencing it? When I attended PA Virtual, I had my share of synchronous and asynchronous courses. Today, we will walk through their mechanics, personality traits that fit well with each, and their strengths and weaknesses. By the end of our time together, you should have a better idea of which instructional mode would be the right fit for you or your student, which will make your cyber charter education an even more profitable experience.