NovaNet is Helping Students at Carrick HS

posted Dec 6, 2012, 8:47 AM by Jim Lenkner   [ updated Dec 18, 2012, 2:38 PM by Unknown user ]

Written By: Christian Freeberg

Summer may seem far away to us but when you’re a high school student sitting in a class barely keeping your own head up while a teacher lectures on about the differences between prokaryote and eukaryote cells, it can seem like it might never come. For most students the school year ends just in time to jump in a pool or go to a drive-in movie, but for the students who struggled throughout the year, a different much more terrifying fate lies ahead: Summer School.

But summer school is no longer the only option. With advances in technology and the integrating of computer technology into schools, students can now take online classes to help them recover lost credits needed for graduation. One of those programs is called NovaNET. NovaNET is an online credit recovery program. While serving at the Hilltop Computer Center I have had a chance to see just how great and effective this program is. Our site has partnered with The Neighborhood Learning Alliance to provide Carrick High School students with not only access to NovaNET but also on-site tutoring.

Students are recommended to the program by their teachers or guidance counselors. They are also assigned the classes they will need to take by the same teachers or guidance counselors. Once recommended, they are given a username and password to enroll into NovaNET as well as an enrollment packet that they fill out and return to the NovaNET site coordinator.

The NovaNET sessions are held Monday through Thursday from 3 PM to 5 PM. The students are each given a notebook and pen to use for the day and then they simply log on and begin. Each lesson begins with a pre-test. The pre-test determines what the student already knows so that the lesson can be geared towards focusing on what they need to go over. The lessons contain readings, videos, guided practice, quizzes, and a final post-test. The student must get at least an 80% on the post-test to pass the class.

While mentoring during these NovaNET sessions I am able to provide one-on-one assistance with any problems the student may be having. Through the administrator account I can also see when students get flagged. This happens when they are having trouble passing a quiz or post-test. The flagged students can then get the tutoring help they need without having to ask for it because in some cases the student may feel they don’t need or want help.

NovaNET is a great program and I’ve really enjoyed my time tutoring at Carrick High School. It’s really great to see a kid put his hands in the air and cheer once they pass a quiz or post-test they were struggling with. I think that any school would benefit from integrating it into their afterschool programs and I think that a lot more students are going to be enjoying their summers thanks to it.