PLATO Courseware – FREE Resource for Home School Families
We are extremely excited to continue offering an online resource to homeschooling families again this year! PLATO Courseware is a curriculum resource that is available to Home Schooling Families through the TST BOCES Home Instruction Office. Courses are offered for students in grades 6-12. This resource is paid for by the TST BOCES Home Instruction Office and is therefore free to Home Schooling Families that report to TST BOCES. While you are planning and creating your instructional plan, you will have the opportunity to utilize the PLATO curriculum resources as additional supplemental material or as the basis of your instructional plan.
To be an effective instructor for your child/children, you must be very comfortable using online technology. Although the TST BOCES Home Instruction Office provides free access to this technology, parents/guardians are fully responsible for course selection, instruction and course management including reporting. Instruction is not provided by TST BOCES or Edmentum. It is highly recommended that parents/guardians who wish to use this instructional tool participate in quarterly trainings offered for free on the TST BOCES campus.
TST BOCES hosts PLATO webinars and workshops periodically throughout the year for families interested in using this Courseware and for those who have already begun using it. The PLATO Learning Environment Tutorials will give you a good idea of what the program looks like and how it works. The course catalog is also available for viewing to determine whether PLATO has the right courses for your family. Watch for PLATO training announcements to appear in the “Upcoming Events” section of the main Home Instruction webpage!
How it Works
Parents/instructors and students interested in using PLATO will be assigned their own logins and placed into a “class” together. Parents/instructors will be able to select, assign, customize, manage, grade and pull reports on their child(ren)’s coursework across any grade level within that class. All reports must be submitted to the home instruction office via email, US mail or fax.
If you are interested in using PLATO Courseware, please submit requests for user logins via email.
Be sure to include your district of residency, your child’s name, your child’s academic grade level, and the name of the parent/teacher who will be managing class assignments.