PLATO Online Orientation

Welcome to the online PLATO orientation. In this orientation, you will learn about the technical requirements for PLATO and how to complete your assignments using PLATO courseware.

You might be wondering what PLATO is. PLATO is a web-based program that will help you improve your knowledge and skills in key academic areas such as Math, English, Science, and Reading. Because PLATO is web-based, it runs in your Internet browser. If you are using Windows, you must use Internet Explorer 7 or higher. If you are using a Mac, you must use Safari 3.2 or higher.

The orientation is divided into 9 different topics. On the left hand-side of the screen you will see the 9 different topics. When you click on each topic, an explanation will appear on the screen as well as a video for you to watch. The videos for the topics are located at the bottom of each page.

Please make sure to read the information on each page and watch each video. To learn how to use PLATO, start with the first topic at the top and work your way down the menu list.

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PLATO Frequently Asked Questions

Why can't I log in to my account?

Make sure that you used your lastname_firstname as your password word and that you used the underscore _ and not the dash - .

Once I am logged in, the program does not work. What is wrong?

Make sure you are are using Internet Explorer 7 (Windows) OR Safari 3.2 (Mac). Also, you must have your pop-up blocker turned off. PLATO modules will not run if you pop-up blocker is turned on.

I completed several modules in PLATO, but the next time I logged in none of my work was saved. What happened?

You didn't quit the module properly. Whenever you are finished with a module, click the "EXIT" button. If you do not leave the module by clicking the "EXIT" button, none of your work or progress will be saved.

I want to take a Mastery Test, but the test is locked. What should I do?

In order to unlock a Mastery Test, you need to complete the Tutorial for that module. Watch the Tutorial again and the Mastery Test will become unlocked.

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