Online Learning provides learning opportunities for all students through an online platform. IPS students can accelerate their learning through online courses. These classes can be completed independently of their traditional class setting or in a computer-based lab during their school day. Students who participate in Online Learning have the support of licensed teachers who instruct, monitor and grade student work and achievement. Online Learning is designed for students who are highly motivated and looking to advance their academic career or recover credits.
Track Student Progress
One of the most important aspects of supporting online students is to help them stay on pace with the course and monitor their progress. These are instructions on how to monitor your student’s progress.
- Log in to your student’s account:
Account: Student can crovide
Password: Student can provide
- The student home page will look like this image. Where it says “Current Grade” it will also say “Course Grade.”
- Current Grade is the grade your student has earned on the work the student has completed with a score of 80% or better.
- Course Grade is the grade your student would have in the course if the student stopped working right now. This is the grade that will be on the student transcript.
- The Progress Bar is color coded to let you know if your student is on pace. Green is on pace and red is behind pace.
- There is a marker on the bar that shows where the student’s progress should be.
- In class, students can retake mastery tests and unit tests to improve their score. They cannot retake end-of-semester tests.
- The goal for all students should be to earn an 80 percent or higher on all activities and complete all assignments.
How do I use the program?
When you log in the first time, it will prompt you to watch an orientation video. This should answer most of your questions. If you have questions after watching the video, please ask the lab specialist at your school or message your online teacher through the PLATO messaging system. Online teachers visit buildings on a weekly basis. If your content area instructor does not visit your school, he/she will arrange to meet with you via the PLATO messaging system.
How long do I have to complete the course?
You have one semester to complete your PLATO course(s). You will be given a deadline date by your counselor. The spring 2018 deadline date is June 6, 2018. If you complete a PLATO course before the deadline date, you may begin a new PLATO course by scheduling an appointment with your school counselor. Your counselor will help you decide if there is time to complete another course. All PLATO courses must be completed by the end of the semester. There is an extension request process for documented cases of hospitalization, death in the family, or social-emotional trauma. Counselors have the extension request forms.
What do I do if I need help?
If you are taking your course in a lab at your school, you can speak with the lab specialist. If you are taking your class either during the day at school OR after school, send your online teacher a message through the PLATO messaging system.
- Website: PLE.PLATOWEB.COM
- Account Login: INDYPSD
- Username: Counselor will provide
- Password: Counselor will provide
- Login: Go to ple.platoweb.com and enter account login INDYPSD.
- Be respectful. While it is easier to say hurtful or disrespectful things without standing face-to-face with someone, it is important to remember that your classmates and teachers are real people who are affected by the words you say and write. It is essential to keep in mind the feelings and opinions of others, even if they differ from your own. If you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face, don’t say it online either.
- Be aware of strong language, all caps and exclamation points. It is easy for written text to be misread and misunderstood. Have you ever sent a text message with good intent but your recipient thought you were being rude? If so, then you’ve experienced this firsthand. By being cognizant of strong language, you can identify potential confusions before sending messages. Tip: Read everything out loud before you send it.
- Be careful with humor and sarcasm. Certainly you shouldn’t avoid being funny. We love to see your personality shine through in online classes. Many of our teachers are exceptionally funny too. But like mentioned in Rule No. 2, make sure that it is clear you are being funny and not being rude. Emoticons and smileys can be helpful when conveying humor or sarcasm so that it is read correctly. Just remember to keep the smiley faces away from academic papers
- Yes, grammar and spelling matter. While texting, text speak can b gr8 4 ur friends. In an educational setting (even online) however, keep it formal. Your written communication should be professional and reflect proper writing style. Save written shortcuts and less than stellar grammar for Snapchat if you must, but follow grammar rules for school.
- Cite your sources. Whenever you are sharing an idea that originated from someone else (even if it is not word-for-word), it is good practice to cite that source. This applies to discussion forums too. If you read a great thought in your text, share it, but be sure you let your audience know where you saw it first.
- Don’t post or share (even privately) inappropriate material. Enough said there. Nothing is truly private online.
- Be forgiving. Remember that not everyone will know these rules before posting. Try to be understanding of others when they struggle with written communication. It is very different than simply talking to a person face-to-face.