News 12 This Morning at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, April 14, 2011
AUGUSTA, Ga. --- Some call it the wave of the future, attending public school classes online.
The Dewyea children set up their school headquarters inside their dining room, before they put their pencil to the paper, these siblings log online. "I like it because I'm with my mom all day, and with my brothers and sisters," said Seth Dewyea who attends 3rd grade classes online.
For the Dewyea's it started with their older brother Luke. He did not like the traditional classroom setting so the family enrolled him in the Georgia Cyber Academy program. It's a charter school for parents looking for a different option. "When your in school you feel uncomfortable, if you are learning stuff and don't understand it," Luke explained.
Kelly Dewyea, Luke's mother says, "There are strengths and weaknesses you notice with your children. Having two boys, English and language arts weren't great. They are very sports oriented."
Jenny Allen a teacher with the Georgia Cyber Academy says, "I do have a lot of students that work above grade level. When they finish 3rd grade material they move onto fourth grade material, that would be hard to do in a traditional brick and mortar setting."
When Allen dons her headphones she's ready to talk to her group of students through her online chat room. She admits it can be different and the face to face social interaction may be lacking, but there is a flip side.
"A lot of the students that are reluctant to respond maybe very shy. In a virtual setting they have the microphone. They can respond without judgment of their peers," Allen added.
"It helped him be able to take a deep breath when he didn't understand something, and not get upset and worried he was going to get left behind," Dewyea said.
Since their classes are accessible from anywhere, when the Dewyea family goes out of town now they take school with them.
There is no tuition for the Georgia Cyber Academy because it is a part of the public school system. They are holding open enrollment for for the 2011-2012 school year. If you are interested in finding out more information you can visit their website at http://www.k12.com/gca/enroll