ERIC Number: ED470280
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Volusia County, Florida. PLATO Evaluation Series.
An evaluation was conducted to determine how the PLATO Pathways program was used in three high schools in Volusia County, Florida: Deland, New Smyrna Beach, and Atlantic. Of the many PLATO sites in Volusia, these three were selected for study because of the representative patterns of low, medium, and high PLATO use. PLATO is a computer learning approach that can be individualized. The evaluation was a descriptive study that compared the three sites and suggested possible areas of improvement for future PLATO implementation and use. Among the findings was that the School Board-mandated assignment of PLATO labs to support school district athletes was well-intentioned, but caused much uncertainty. The factors that seemed to accompany successful implementation were a dedicated laboratory manager, strong building leadership, and creative training and incentives for faculty. These factors were consistent with those outlined in one of the PLATO technical guides. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: PLATO Learning, Inc., Bloomington, MN.