FAQ – NeS Digital Curriculum
What ages are NatureGlo’s eScience (NeS) lessons appropriate for?
The curriculum has been written and taught to middle/high homeschool and school students (ages 12 and up), although, upper elementary students join in the live online classes as well. “Age appropriateness” really depends on the student’s level of reading, understanding, and interest in the topic. INTERESTED learners of all ages can enjoy the content and take from it what they will. Content can also be saved and revisited later at greater depths as the student matures.
How can I open a zip file?
Here are WikiHow’s web page instructions about how to open zip files with illustrations included.
How can NeS Slideshow lessons and or full course curriculum be incorporated into my student’s science studies?
NeS curricula can be used as an elective, a unit study, as a break from the usual science and math studies, and or for enjoyment.
Has the NeS curriculum been field tested?
Yes! I still use this curriculum to teach live online classes to homeschoolers of multi-ages. This curriculum has been taught and gone through multiple revisions (a never ending story) since 2011.
How can the Slideshows be played?
The pdf Slideshow files can be played using free apps such as the free Adobe Acrobat Reader download.
Can I use NeS Slideshow presentations on any of my mobile devices?
Yes, you can! PDF files can be read on any computer or device.
Why are NeS presentations unique?
The NeS Slideshows aren’t the average or traditionally illustrated slideshow. NeS Slideshows can be compared to Smithsonian’s field guides or Eyewitness Book style illustrations. Each slide makes use of beautiful nature and art photography, many with detailed diagrams. Without repeating backgrounds, NeS Slideshows are a break from the usual traditionally made presentations. The presentations make use of high-resolution nature photography from the public domain and creative commons sources. Even NatureGlo has added some of her best nature photography to many of the PowerPoint lessons!
How do the study guides fit in with the Slideshows?
The study guides enhance the Slideshow experience by giving students interactive questions referring back to the Slideshow content. Each study guide includes Slideshow interactive questions, many with sketching opportunities and a journal template to fill out about their favorite species or highlighted person of study with room to make a sketch of their species or person (MathArtist or scientist).
Why are NeS files locked?
This is how I protect my long hours of work as my curriculum gets out there.
What’s the teaching or learning duration for a Slideshow lesson with accompanying study guide?
As long as you and your students want. Each lesson can take as little as an hour, or as much as a week or more, depending on how deep your students dig into the content with the online suggested resources and activities from NeS’s Virtual Libraries.
How can students get more out of each lesson than just using the Slideshow and study guide?
Each lesson can potentially have its own student chosen project, activity or experience. I offer web resources from my NeS Virtual Libraries (go ahead, have a look). Typically, students select a project based on their favorite topic and can take them anywhere from a day to several weeks or months to prepare. Project and activity ideas are offered from the NeS Virtual Libraries, but, project choice and duration are up to the teacher and students. Student project rubrics are provided with each lesson or course curriculum.
Is the curriculum aligned with state or national science and math standards?
No. However, we believe the depth of study and opportunities for student engagement with hands-on projects can potentially exceed standardized education or be a supplement to an already standardized curriculum.
What is your refund policy?
NatureGlo’s eScience digital product sales from the NeS Shop are final and there are no refunds. Before purchase, please make sure you have the appropriate hardware/software to use the digital files and that the file format is useful for your needs.
What is your copyright policy?
NatureGlo’s Slideshow & study guides are only to be used by the purchaser, their immediate family living in their household and for the teacher/purchaser’s classroom use.