This course is designed for AMPS students to learn science through an on-line curriculum format instead of the traditional teacher-led class. Students progress through the program at their own pace and according to their ability. Plato Courseware is a standards-based online learning program designed to be:
Rigorous: proven to improve student achievement
Interactive: media-rich content actively engages students
LOGIN: Students can access their Plato courses by logging in at http://ple.platoweb.com with the following credentials:
Account Login: aps8
PLATO Name: first initial followed by last name in all lower-case (i.e. jdoe)
Password: student ID number
REQUIRED MATERIALS: Students will need a one-subject notebook that will remain in the classroom at all times, as well as a pen or pencil to take notes.
INTERNET USE: While Plato is an on-line format, students may NOT, for any reason, be on the internet while they are in class. Cheating is taken very seriously, and significant consequences will enforced if students use search devices or other web-sites besides the Plato Courseware site. Students caught cheating must re-take any related coursework. Please note that instructors have the capability of seeing student activity (or non-activity) in real-time.
OUTSIDE OF CLASS: Students are able to login to Plato at home to work on their lessons. However, they may NOT click into any tests or exams. Doing so will constitute cheating and will result in a failing score. Work at home should include reading, studying and taking notes from the tutorial. All student work is time and date stamped for instructors to verify.
NOTES: As you work through each class, you must take adequate notes from each lesson assigned.
These notes need to be information learned during the tutorial. Be sure to click into and study all sections within the tutorial.
If you do not provide adequate notes from the lesson, you will not earn credit in the class.
Notes must be printed in your own hand-writing; not typed or copied from on-line sources.
All notes must also be dated and titled.
Students cannot share notes with others; doing so would constitute cheating.
When students finish each course, they MUST turn in all of their notes and will not get them back.
PARTICIPATION: Student can earn up to 20 points weekly for their participation and effort. If they use their time wisely and focus on their lessons, they will earn 4 points each day. If they are not progressing through their lessons at an adequate pace, points will be deducted.
MASTERY TESTS: At the end of each lesson, students much earn a minimum of 80% (or answer 4 out of 5 questions correctly) on their mastery test. This score will be recorded in the gradebook and will be worth 10 points. Again, if they do not earn 80%, they must return to the lesson and study before attempting to take the test again.
UNIT QUIZES: At the end of each unit, students must pass the Unit Test with at least 70%. If you require additional attempts to earn 70%, you must go back into the tutorial and log additional time, as well as show instructors the notes you took from the lesson before the test will be unlocked. Each unit test will be worth 50 points.
FINAL EXAMS: Mid-Term and Final Exam Tests can only be taken once. The score earned stands as is and is worth 20% of your grade.