Some parents ask similar questions such as: “Is this type of home schooling right
for me and/or my child?”
The section below will help you to better understand the “Cyber School” home schooling
service so that you can make an informed decision.
What Cyber School is offering is completely revolutionary!
Students receive a login and password that will enable them to access the virtual
classroom and all classes. All lectures are online and access to broadband internet
and a printer is essential. Students will also need a reliable pc and speakers. Whenever
required, worksheets can be downloaded and printed out for age appropriate exercises.
Text books are also used.
The virtual classroom consists of a tutor that connects via a webcam and connects
to the classroom interface. At the same time, all registered students login and also
connect to and join the classroom. The tutor then commences teaching. Some features
1. The tutor can see all registered and attending students by name. Any absent students
will be sent an email at the click of a button informing their parents of their non
2. The students will be able to see and hear the tutor via a dedicated window on
their screen. (Approximately 10 x 8 cm) The size of this web cam window is small
by design as this reduces the quality of the internet connection that students will
require to watch and hear the tutor. Hence they require speakers or a headset to
hear the tutor speaking.
3. When a student wishes to ask or answer a question, he clicks on a “gain access”
request button and the tutor can elect to give him access to the classroom. He will
then ask his question via instant messaging, with all text appearing in a general
window for all attending students to read. The tutor can then respond and all connected
students can hear the response as well as watch the tutor.
4. Students can upload files (completed assignments) for access by their tutor. Likewise,
the tutor can introduce documents, pictures and other downloads for the students
to access during class.
5. Students will take online exams. Multiple choice exams (we call them Assessments)
will be graded immediately, whereas descriptive text input answers will be graded
manually by the tutors. All exams, including the questions, student’s answers and
the tutor’s comments (in descriptive text input only) will be stored for later revision
During the year, you will be able to monitor and track your child’s progress via
the Reporting Module. This ensures they never fall behind and any areas that may
need extra attention can be attended to. Far better to correct an issue before it
becomes a problem! With our system, you will know well ahead of time if there are
any issues and will be able to take corrective action to sort them out during the
What about external exams?
If your child has passed with us, he will also pass any of the equivalent tests at
any traditional school. You may need to comply with the regulations in your home
country, if they exist.
Must my child be registered with the Department of Education?
You may need to comply with the regulations in your home country, if they exist.
Please consult the relevant authorities for more information.
I am unsure about using the Internet?
I am sure you agree that we all live in the Information Age, whether we like it or
not. So we have two choices; we can bury our heads in the sand and hope it goes
away (which it won’t) or we can embrace it and master it for our own benefit! Like
it or not, we need to accept that this is the way of the world and the sooner we
and our children learn to work proficiently with the internet, the easier it will
be for us in the long run.
I've never had access to the Internet?
That's no problem.... We cater for parents and children that have had little exposure
to computers or the internet. Firstly, our system is very easy to use and you require
no experience or know-how in order to access classes.
How will I know if my child is coping or needs extra revision?
Your child will regularly take online “self test” quizzes made up of different slides
and each slide consists of multiple-choice questions. These questions will assess
whether he understands what has been covered during that particular section. Your
child will click on the answers of his choice and will have to continue repeating
the questions until he selects the correct answers. As soon as your child chooses
the right answer, he is allowed to proceed to the next slide in the quiz.
In addition to the regular quizzes, your child will complete multiple-choice Assessments
on a regular basis. This "graded" evaluation ensures that he understands what has
been done during the previous few weeks. Your child completes the Assessments once
and the final score is displayed as soon as all the questions have been answered.
This grading system charts your child's progress throughout the year. All the scores
can be viewed in his online Assessment Report Module, as well as a running total
which indicates what overall grade has been achieved to date. This makes revision
far superior to existing paper based systems being used by traditional schools.
Is it legal to educate my child at home?
Yes - It became legal in many countries for parents to
teach their own children at home decades ago. Cyber School
is a supplier of extra lessons from Grades 2 to 12, to
parents intending to teach their own children at home,
which conforms with the home education guidelines laid
down by numerous governments. Most do permit the use of
tutors to assist the parent in this task. That’s where we come
How much time needs to be spent on the internet?
Students will spend up to 3 hours per day online. Wherever possible, they will be
given extra work offline or have tasks that they can complete using their text books.
How much bandwidth will be required and what quality is required?
Bear in mind that all students will need reliable broadband internet access. This
means a pc and broadband connection. There are various wireless packages on the market
but the fastest ADSL is the recommended option. We cover this in more detail in the
Basic Access Instructions offered below. Each student will use approx. 13 megs of
data per hour, i.e. Based on 4 hours of instruction per day, 22 days per month, =
1.144 gigs per month. (Best to plan for 3 Gigs per month).
We recommend that you test your internet connection to see that it is of an acceptable
standard. To do this, go to http://pingtest.net/. Take the test by clicking “Begin
Once completed, your test results will be displayed and your line quality given a
score. If your line quality score is an A, B or C, your quality should be fine for
our purposes. If not, then you need to ask your service provider why and when they
are going to fix it to an acceptable standard.
What about children accessing unsuitable web sites if they have access to the internet?
Once you register, we will tell you where to download free parental guidance software
that will allow you to block access to any unsuitable web sites.
How will my home schooled child socialise?
Children need to play with friends of their own age. Parents can network with other
home schooling parents, living in their area. Some schools allow home schooled children
to join their sports teams in the afternoons. These schools charge a fee for the
child to participate in matches with the school team. Home schooled children can
also join Sports Clubs or Playgroups in their specific area. It is important to
study your child's needs and decide where his/her talents lie e.g. arts, crafts,
music, sports etc. and then organise weekly lessons. Church groups also provide
plenty of social activities for families on a regular basis.
The advantage of home schooling is that parents can choose their child's friends,
unlike traditional schools whereby children may be negatively influenced by unsuitable
friends. Your child doesn't need to have twenty friends; four good playmates is
about the same size group your child would socialize with in a traditional school.
In addition to this, children have siblings, cousins and neighbours whom they often
What languages are provided in the curriculum?
English is the language of instruction, and additional languages can be offered if
the demand exists.
Will my child be able to proceed on to university, other farther studies or go back
to “traditional school”?
Absolutely. Our curriculum offered is no less a standard as that offered in a traditional
school. As a result, your child will not be prejudiced in any way regarding the standards
offered, and he should be able to either go back into a mainstream school at anytime
or proceed on to tertiary education.
What if I need support during the year?
If your child has any academic problems during the year, you are always welcome to
contact his or her tutor. If you are not happy with the outcome, you can escalate
the matter to the administration department for farther investigation. Professional
support is at hand and you are never alone in this process.
Can I found out more about learning online and the systems you use to teach?
Yes, to understand more about how the courses are delivered,