PLATO activities use a variety of methods for checking Learners understanding of the content.
Below are some tips on entering answers along with navigating and completing activities in PLATO content.
Problems advancing in activities
- Wait until the audio and animation has finished completely before the forward arrow or Next button will become available.
- The activity may be waiting for input from you to complete required tasks on the current screen before allowing you to advance to the next screen. Replay the audio or re-read the question in order to proceed in the activity. For example, some English lessons contain "strategy alerts" where the audio instructs the learner to click on each strategy in order to advance.
- If you're unable to move forward with right arrow after reviewing the topic or vocabulary, click the back button to return lesson, then click forward to skip the review or vocabulary portion.
- Some PLATO content, such as Beginning Reading for the Real World, Basic Skills for the Real World, and Job Skills for the Real World contain different types of menus in the activities. The first menu to appear contains only a single choice and is not really a menu, but rather a placeholder indicating which activity you are currently working on. The other activities will be grayed out. After selecting the activity, another menu appears along with audio. This menu lists the activities contained within the module. This is the same list as the one on assignment page. The others activities will be grayed out as well. When you have finished the activity, it will return you to the second menu where you can proceed to the next activity in the module. Click the Stop button or Door icon to exit the activity and return to the assignment page.
Unable to view Passage
- Click Show Passage button if the passage does not appear on Assessment test question.
- If the passage does not appear after clicking Show Passage, check for and turn off popup blockers in your browser.
Answer not accepted or marked incorrect
- For some questions in PLATO content, symbols and formulas are not allowed as part of the correct answer. Reread the question carefully, check your work and re-enter the answer. If necessary, review the tutorial or application to identify the correct form of the answer.
In Algebra 1 & 2 (v4.0 & v5.0), the lesson activities (Tutorials, Applications, Mastery Tests) only accept symbols such as decimals and negative signs if the correct answer includes them. This means that if the student is trying to enter in a negative sign and the answer doesn’t include one, they won’t be able to enter it in. This impacts the lesson activities, but not the CLA’s. In addition to both Algebra 1 and 2, this will also be the case in Integrated Math 1-3 as well as state-specific courses like NC Math 1-3, GA Math courses, etc.
- If you're unable to advance after selecting an answer, ensure you are following all the instructions to complete the question or task. In some PLATO content, it requires you to select more than one answer or perform multiple tasks in order to advance. Select all possible answers or perform all tasks to advance in the activity.
- In some PLATO content, such as Beginning Reading and Math Expeditions, in order to have the answer judged as correct the learner needs to drag the correct answer to the answer box and then click the Check button. It is not sufficient to highlight the answer and select the Check button; that is counted as incorrect.
Foundational Math stuck "Loading"
- Foundational Math activities require audio to run. The learner must have speakers or headphones to complete the lessons.
To drag the answer to an answer box
- Click the correct answer.
- Hold the mouse button down while you drag the answer over to the answer box, then release the mouse button. The answer will now be in the box. Click the Check button to have the answer judged as correct.
- If you decide to change your answer, click the new answer and hold, then drag the answer to the answer box and release the mouse button. Click on the answer box to get the new answer to appear in the box, then click the Check button.
Obtaining completion status
- Complete all parts to the activity and advance until you receive the Congratulations screen before exiting.
- Some tutorials in PLATO content include a Continue button in addition to the forward arrow or Next button. Click the Continue button where applicable to ensure all screens have been reviewed.
- As you work through activities, look for prompts that require you to click on various objects on the screen.
- In PLATO content such as Biology and Chemistry, the tutorials are split into individual scenes, each of which may contain multiple screens within the same scene. To ensure completion of all scenes in the tutorial, use the white arrow to move through the activity instead of the NEXT button.
- The EXIT button in the lower right is to be used only to exit an uncompleted activity that you will return to later. In order to complete the tutorial, complete all the last scene, then select the Exit to Main Menu button (not the EXIT button on the lower right). Note that there may be several parts to any scene, including the last scene in the activity.
- Using the Jump (frog) button to advance through the activity will not present you will all the screens necessary to receive completion status for the tutorial.Best practice is to use only the white arrow to proceed through the activity the first time. If you are reviewing a part of the tutorial you have previously completed, then you can use the Jump button to move to another part of the tutorial.
- For additional Tutorial completion requirements see What are the requirements for a Learner to complete a Tutorial
Working with lesson activities
- The Lesson Activities are embedded in the tutorials and explorations. Some activities ask students to examine specific concepts and their applications. Other activities are designed to reinforce concepts through practice. The activities are in the form of offline documents where students can record their responses.
Obtain completion status in offline and exploration activities
In an exploration activity module, found in PLATO content such as Art History and Appreciation, Computer Applications and Technology, Consumer Math, and Health, the Record Completion activity is there for Learners to self report completion of the exploration activity that accompanies it. The module will continue to show In Progress until the Record Completion activity is marked Finished.
- Select the exploration activity, which will open an Adobe PDF document. Follow the directions or do the reading as appropriate. Print the document if necessary to fill in answers. Turn the completed document into your Instructor.
- Exit the exploration activity when complete. The exploration activity itself will not indicate any completion status (Not Started or Completed).
- Click Finished? next to the Record Completion activity.
- Click OK to confirm you have finished the exploration activity.
- The completion status for the offline activity will always appear next to Record Completion (Not Started or Completed).
See the link below for more information on offline activities:
Re-entering activity starts it from the beginning or wrong page
Some modules, found in PLATO content such as Math Expeditions, Reading Explorations, Projects for the Real World and Beginning Reading for the Real World include the tutorial, practice, and quiz within a single activity. Once you're in the activity, there may be sections to choose from or it will automatically guide you through each section. The quiz must be passed with a score of 80% or better to achieve mastery status for the module. The activity will remain In Progress until mastery is achieved. There is no bookmarking in these activities. If you exit before completing all sections of the activity, the progress will not be saved and you it will restart from the beginning when launched again.
To save and exit an activity in PLATO Life Science, Physical Science, or Earth and Space Science to complete it later, answer the question on the current screen, then exit. Advancing to the next question, but not answering it will bring you to the next question when you relaunch the activity and as a result, completion status will not be met until you go back and complete all unanswered questions.
Homework Answers and Reading Guide Answers
Some courses, such as PLATO Course American Literature A & B, PLATO Course Math 6 A & B, PLATO Course Math 7 A & B, PLATO Course Middle School US History A & B, and PLATO Course Personal Finance, include Homework Answers and Reading Guide Answers for the learner. Similar to lesson activities, these are included for the learners to self-check and is by design. This allows students to check their own work without requiring teacher intervention. You’ll notice the answers are very similar to what you might find in the back of a math or English textbook, it’s just the answer. By providing it this way, students will have to do some work, demonstrate thought, but then be able to easily check if they got the right answer. The goal is for them to go through this kind of practice and to prepare them for the submission.
How to restart a completed tutorial
If you receive the completion screen that says, "Congratulations, you have completed this tutorial" when trying to restart a tutorial from the beginning, click Help > Start Over. Use other options available, such as Jump and then click on a section to review or use the navigational arrows.
PLATO Support is unable to edit status of activities or enter answers. Please contact your Instructor for further assistance with answering questions and navigation in PLATO content.
Refer to How to tell which Content Player is being used in Plato Content for more information on the types of content.
For additional information about using PLATO as a Learner, please refer to the Student Orientation tutorial and Learner Guide:
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