The Control Data PLATO project evolved over time and eventually gave birth to two of the most widely adopted product lines for personal computers and Internet, PLATO Learning (now Edmentum) and NovaNet (later acquired by Pearson Education). These systems and others like them have been used in tens of thousands of schools across the country, primarily to provide intervention and remediation for struggling students. Because these students were often recovering credit or retaking material for other reasons, they worked through the computer material with some help from a teacher, but with limited interaction with the teacher and little or no interaction with other students. Credit recovery was a major driver of early CAI programs in schools, and credit recovery remains a major element of the digital learning landscape.
(see: Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning report – 2015)
Many C, D and F student problems stem from a general boredom with contemporary US K-12 education. Make learning fun and challenging and the boredom goes away. Making up the educational ground they’ve lost can be overwhelming for an under-achieving student. The i.pel online Remedial Education experience will be filled with interactive media, graphics, and video which engage the student and makes catch-up study work fun and almost like no work at all.
i.pel’s credit recovery solutions will focus on student knowledge gaps by providing them with personalized learning programs the lack of which has traditionally prevented students from moving forward. Using pre-tests to identify the gaps on which each student must focus a customized make-up program can be developed for each failing student. All such programs will be based on state and Common Core Standards.