Matryoshka Posted June 9, 2012 Share Posted June 9, 2012 I'm looking for science with an online/computer-based component for dd next year (she'll be in 6th), and K12 or Plato are the top two contenders I've found. Has anyone had a chance to use or examine both of these to compare? As far as I can tell from samples/descriptions I've been able to see: Plato is online only, no book, nothing to write, no hands-on experiments. Lessons are mostly auditory/read to the student/text of what is read is not on screen. With K12 the student reads the content from online text. There is a student book (to record things? or what is in it? I'm a bit unclear) and about biweekly offline, hands-on labs for which you can buy supplies from K12. Both have online animations and tests/quizzes. What I'm trying to figure out in addition is depth of content in relation to each other. Plato is cheaper (especially with this HSC buy), but I'll have to find some hands-on component to supplement. I know Plato is often used by gifted/advanced kids, but is that because it's content is superior, or just because most of those gifted kids are using it younger than its stated target audience (I notice a lot of the kids using it are 3rd/4th rather than middle school - is Plato really anything special compared to other middle school programs like K12, or just advanced content more accessible for younger gifted kids because there's almost nothing to read/write?) Any feedback or advice?? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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