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Plato Comes to

Plato Comes to. Shelby County. AETC Birmingham, AL June 12, 2003. Shelby County. Plato Comes to . Handout available at:. http://www.shelbyed.k12.al.us/ tech/aetc03.htm. Introducing . Beth Glasgow Technology Resources. Chuck Hanke Pelham High. The Brains. The Brawn.

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Plato Comes to

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  1. Plato Comes to Shelby County AETC Birmingham, AL June 12, 2003

  2. Shelby County Plato Comes to Handout available at: http://www.shelbyed.k12.al.us/ tech/aetc03.htm

  3. Introducing Beth Glasgow Technology Resources Chuck Hanke Pelham High The Brains The Brawn Physics, AP Physics, Programming I & II Specializing in Middle School

  4. The Problem Students that do not pass one or more sections of the Alabama Graduation Exam

  5. Solutions • Reinforce required skills at all grade levels • Identify the at risk students • Reemphasize the missed skills in the regular high school classroom • Offer special remediation classes • Offer remediation materials • Offer instructional software programs like PLATO

  6. What is PLATO? • PLATO is a computer-based instructional system designed to enhance the learning process. • Additional resources for the teacher What isn’t PLATO? • plug the student in and the teacher walk away software

  7. User roles in PLATO • PLATO Administrator –usually a teacher or an aid that is on site and does needed tasks such as adding alignments and creating instructors • Instructor – teachers/aids that create classes, student users and assign modules • Learners - students

  8. PLATO Time Line in Shelby County 1999 – 45 LAN licenses purchased for the Success Program at the Shelby County School of Technology. 2000 – 25 LAN licenses purchased for 9 high schools 2001 - 9 additional LAN licenses for SOT 2002 – 8,10,or 20 LAN licenses purchased for 6 middle schools 2000 – present – approximately a dozen stand-alone licenses purchased for special ed and/or homebound students

  9. PLATO Training Time Line in Shelby County Dec 2000 – 2 day training for 2 chosen PLATO administrators at each high school (PLATO) These teachers were asked to go back on site and train their fellow teachers July 2002 – Plato administrator training for middle school teachers (PLATO) Sept 2002 – Principals at each middle school introduced to PLATO in a hour training session (local) Oct 2002 – PLATO Round Table (local)

  10. PLATO Time Line in Shelby County cont. Oct 2002 – Integration training in content areas: Reading, Writing, Math (PLATO, ½ day each) Oct 2002 – Additional ½ day administrative training (PLATO) Nov 2002 – On-site instructional training (local) Dec 2002 - On-site instructional training (local) Feb 2003 – On-site instructional training (local) Feb 2003 - On-site instructional training (local) Feb 2003 – PLATO for ESL (local) Mar 2003 – PLATO in the Content Areas (local)

  11. PLATO Instructional Models • Skill Development • (remediation) • Review/Reinforcement • (reinforce classroom teaching) • Enrichment • (additional activities) • Problem Solving • (applied learning)

  12. PLATO Courseware see Scope and Sequence Curriculum Courses Modules Tutorial Application or Drill Mastery Test

  13. Shelby County School of Technology Columbiana, Alabama Graduation Exam 02-03 -School of Success Students 10/23 Reading 4/4 Science 9/23 Language 5/25 Math

  14. Calera High School 100% of the 2003 graduates passed the High School Graduation Exam 02-03

  15. Pelham High School 100% of the 2003 graduates passed the High School Graduation Exam 02-03

  16. PLATO Technical Considerations • Workstation requirements • Network requirements • Server requirements • Tech Support considerations • Setup and Upgrading

  17. WorkstationRequirements Operating Systems Supported XP Professional XP Home Windows 2000 SP2 Windows NT Workstation 4.0 SP 6a Windows ME Windows 95/98 SE

  18. WorkstationRequirements Hardware Minimum: Pentium II 233 MHz 64 MB RAM Win 95/98/ME 128 MB RAM NT/2000/XP Preferred: Pentium III 450 MHz 128 MB RAM Win 95/98/ME 256 MB NT/2000/XP

  19. WorkstationRequirements Hardware Screen resolution: 800 x 600 High Color (16 bit) Small fonts Hard drive: 20 GB

  20. NetworkRequirements Network Software Windows 2000 Server Windows NT 4.0 SP6a Novell 4.1, 5.0 Network Cabling Category 5 copper, 4 twisted pairs, 100m runs Optical Fiber

  21. NetworkRequirements Network Speed 100 MBps Network Switches and Routers Cisco 2600 router Cisco Catalyst 3500 ethernet switch GB capable Cisco Catalyst 2950 ethernet switch 10/100MB

  22. NetworkRequirements Network Equipment Closets Smart UPS Telephone Equipment Racks

  23. ServerRequirements Minimum: Pentium II 233 MHz 256 MB RAM Preferred: Pentium III 600 MHz 512 MB RAM (dedicated Plato) Drives: CD-ROM 8x or faster Hard drive 40 GB

  24. Tech SupportConsiderations • Network Technicians (local) • PLATO Tech Support • Workstation Technicians (local) • On-site PLATO Administrator(local)

  25. Setup and Upgrading Requirements • Functioning Network • Server Setup for Installation • Workstation Setup and Networked • System Installation • Courseware Installation • Alignments • Enter Users • Upgrades

  26. __  Database corruption problems  Courseware and database files not secure  Need for substantial training +  Results can be seen  Students overall enjoy working independently on the program/computer  The curriculum/software is deep and wide

  27. Helpful Resources System requirements http://platosupport.plato.com/requirements.asp Utilities Guide for PLATO Pathways http://platosupport.plato.com/downloads/LAN/pathways/pway_utilities.pdf PLATO SUPPORT SERVICES Web site: http://platosupport.plato.com Support Request: http://platosupport.plato.com/SupportRequest.asp Email platosupport@plato.com Voice: 800-869-2200

  28. PLATO representatives Chris Roberts 205-939-0019 Account Manager for Alabama Robin Daugherty 800-869-2058 Client Services Manager Kyle Hall District Manager South Central District

  29. Thanks for coming to Shelby County Plato Comes to Questions ?? Email Chuck or Beth chanke@shelbyed.k12.al.us bglasgow@shelbyed.k12.al.us

  30. Shelby County Plato Comes to Handout available at: http://www.shelbyed.k12.al.us/ tech/aetc03.htm

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