PLATO Learning, Inc. has announced that it has released PLATO Earth and Space Science, the final curriculum in the PLATO Middle School Science Series.
PLATO Earth and Space Science includes multimedia lessons and activities that use animation, experiments, investigations, video, and audio to bring science concepts to life, according to the announcement. Each lesson uses theme-based scenarios to engage students in scientific inquiry, problem solving, and critical thinking. A test-item bank allows teachers to assign objective-based pre-tests and post-tests to determine level of understanding and prescribe appropriate instruction.
Designed as a flexible instructional tool, the PLATO Middle School Science Series can be implemented for multiple uses: as a self-study tool, as a remedial curriculum in credit recovery programs, in teacher presentations to introduce concepts, for test review, as a supplement to GED instruction, or to complement textbook lessons. Each lesson is aligned to state standards and the guidelines set by the National Science Foundation, the Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) lab and the AAAS Project 2061.
PLATO Earth and Space Science is the final release in the PLATO Middle School Science Series. PLATO Life Science was released in 2003, and PLATO Physical Science was released in September 2004. With the completion of the PLATO Middle School Science Series, PLATO Learning is now able to offer a comprehensive middle school package that includes standards-based mathematics, reading and writing, social studies, and science content, all with built-in assessment, the announcement states.
Source: PLATO Learning, Inc., http://www.plato.com