FAQ – NeS Online Courses
FAQ – NeS Classes
What are NeS live online classes?
NeS live online classes are offered on the NatureGlo’s eScience (NeS) website. All classes are recorded and students can take any of the live classes either partially or completely by recording, for optimal flexibility with the busy homeschool schedule. Class content is available for up to a year from the date of enrollment.
Live classes meet at set dates and times with NatureGlo using the Zoom live classroom. Students are given the Zoom live links. Links are included for computers, phones and other mobile devices.
What Worldview are NeS classes taught from?
NeS classes are taught from a neutral worldview, or non-religious point-of-view so that students from both faith and non-faith worldviews can feel comfortable together in a class setting. NatureGlo does not teach origins in her classes. Religions or worldviews are NOT to be discussed or debated in NeS classes either in the live classroom setting, or in any of the class comment sections or other NeS student sharing platforms.
Is NeS accredited?
NatureGlo’s eScience is a class/curriculum provider, lead by instructor, Gloria Brooks. Therefore, NeS is not a school and cannot be accredited. Parents can save student work completed in NeS classes in a student portfolio for the state.
Can middle and high school students get credit for taking NeS classes?
Yes, however, parents are the record keepers as NeS is a class/curriculum provider. Check with your state homeschool requirements for science and math and adjust your chosen NeS class study to those requirements. NeS lessons, class work, and live class hours can potentially be applied as credit to any high school math and science curriculum you are currently using. All NeS online classes (live or recorded) have more than enough content to fulfill work for a substantial amount of credit hours. Parents and students simply record how many hours of work are put into each lesson per course or stand-alone lesson.
Class work includes total participation in the live class, viewing recorded lessons to their entirety, completing the study guides, doing the Quizlets (if provided), viewing all content given per lesson (web pages, downloads, and videos) on NeS’s Virtual Library of web resources. Credit hours can also include student completion of multiple short projects or one lengthy project per class. Student project and activity ideas are usually available per lesson taught from that lesson’s web resource page on the class NeS Virtual Library.
What technology do I need during NeS live classes?
You’ll need a high speed Internet connection. You can use any device with a a microphone and a web cam. Most laptops, tablets and phones come with a built-in camera and microphone. NeS uses Zoom for the live classes. The Zoom live classroom has webcam and microphone capabilities. NatureGlo uses both her webcam and microphone to communicate with students. Students, likewise are given permissions to turn on their webcams and mics to answer questions, do a show and tell, make a presentation or share other class related content.
What courseware does NeS use?
NeS is built on a WordPress platform using the LifterLMS class content building plugin.
What are NeS Self-paced Classes? (Coming soon)
NeS will be offering self-paced classes guided by pre-recorded lessons with Slideshows, study guides, lesson enhancing YouTube videos and web resources. The self-paced class option allows students to work through the class content at their own pace. Parental guidance may or may not be necessary according to the student’s level of independence and abilities.
Students are given up to one year after enrollment to complete the self-paced class content. Guidelines for completion are offered per self-paced class.
What learning resources are students given in NeS online courses?
Students are given resources per live or self-paced class. Most live and recorded short 1 – 3 mini classes (called eWorkshops) include both a copy of the lesson slideshow and its accompanying study guide. The study guides include questions referring back to the Slideshow content which students can glean the answers from during the live or recorded classes.
Additionally, every lesson has a course website resource link. Lesson web resources include the best of the web links about the topic, projects, activities and informative and or tutorial videos.
Does NeS offer grading services?
Yes and no. NatureGlo doesn’t personally grade student work, however, study guides can be used by parents, many of which include answer keys, for grading. Also, many lessons include an online automated program called Quizlet which offers online games, flashcards for study and an automated graded test which parents can use to collect grades per lesson. Parents and students are responsible for recording the Quizlet and or study guide grades by tallying them all up at the end of the course to get a final grade average for the course. I offer a certificate of completion for all 6-week classes.
What supplies do students need for NeS courses?
Student supplies per NeS class should include the following with a few optional items:
- Blank notebook for note-taking and journaling per class or a 3-ring binder divided up by tabs per class
- Portfolio – manilla folder or other chosen way to keep papers organized
- A mechanical or regular graphite pencil with a good eraser. It’s suggested that students use a pencil for both journal sketching exercises and note-taking as it’s easy to erase mistakes.
- Colored pencils
- Optional: other coloring media including paint, crayons etc.
- Optional: camera and video recorder