New Product Review: Edmentum’s Plato Social Studies Courseware™

Edmentum’s Plato Courseware™ is an online program that supports instruction in self-paced, remediation, and credit recovery programs. Plato provides comprehensive instruction in each of the core subjects, as well as in other content areas (e.g., world languages). Instruction is provided online and includes printable materials. Learning List recently reviewed the publisher’s courses for high school social studies. These courses include Texas U.S. History, World History Survey, World Geography, Economics, and U.S. Government.  [Read more…]

Each course is organized in units that begin with a pre-test that assesses students’ mastery of learning objectives. Based on pre-test results, teachers may exempt students from some or all of the unit’s lessons or use results to provide targeted remediation. Lessons are structured as tutorials followed by mastery tests. The tutorial provides direct instruction and guided practice in an interactive slide show format. Lessons are structured as tutorials followed by mastery tests. The tutorial provides direct instruction and guided practice in an interactive slide show format. Across courses, tutorials may include embedded videos, interactive timelines, and learning activities. Mastery tests are checks for understanding.

Each unit ends with a “Unit Activity” and a post-test and each semester ends with a cumulative exam. Unit Activities are performance tasks that require students to review the unit’s content, read and evaluate sources, and present a written argument that incorporates sources. Unit and semester tests are made up primarily of multiple choice questions and are taken online.

About Edmentum*

Edmentum’s Plato Courseware is a standards-based online learning program grounded in a tradition of solid research, sound pedagogy, and applied innovation. Edmentum develops rigorous, relevant curriculum that challenges your students with a 21st century approach – engaging them with interactive, media-rich content.

Whether your students are falling behind, at grade level, or advanced, accommodate their unique needs in an environment in which they will thrive. Plato Courseware can be used in a lab setting, a blended model in which online courses supplement the traditional classroom, or through a completely virtual experience.

*Information in this section is provided by or adapted from Edmentum.