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Acellus Adds New Grading Feature — Attendance

Student Attendance - Blog PostAcellus teachers who are looking for a way to include student attendance as part of overall student performance can now do so, either with or without impacting student grades. This new Acellus feature generates a score based on student Attendance and integrates it right into the Acellus Gradebook.  For greater flexibility and control,  the Attendance feature allows teachers to determine both if and how much students’ individual attendance will impact their grades.   Acellus...</p><a class=Continue Reading


New Acellus Course – AP Computer Science Principles

AP Computer Science PrincipalsFor students preparing for high-tech careers, Acellus has released its latest technology-focused high school course, AP Computer Science Principles.  This rigorous curriculum introduces students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, big data, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impacts. Taught by Acellus Course Instructors Robert Getka and Lori Hunt, the course is California A-G Approved and has been audited and approved by College Board to provide students with a college-level learning experience.  In this course, students will learn to create and implement computer...

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Move to Mars ? Or Fix Up Earth — the Hydrogen Community

Telegraph - Roger BillingsTo me, developing the first hydrogen-powered home — the Hydrogen Homestead — wasn’t just a project to prove I could do it. To me it was a model for things to come.  Now, these many years later, an entire Hydrogen Community is on the near horizon.  I recently shared with the students I am mentoring some of the technologies I developed while working on the Hydrogen Homestead, and we then explored what we would need in order to make an entire...

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…another of my favorite quotes

This quote by one of my mentors, Bill Lear, reflects an attitude he literally engrained in me during the time I spent as his protege. A man of few words, he occasionally let spill some glimmering shards from his store of razor-sharp wisdom:

Leave your mark on the world... 
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" … To get there, what you need is an idea!  Too many never arrive because they haven’t decided where they’re trying to get...

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Acellus Offers New AP Environmental Science Course

Acellus AP Environmental ScienceThis new Acellus AP course is close to my heart because of its focus on caring for our environment, something I have been involved in with my hydrogen work over the past 50 years. The course is targeted for advanced students who are looking to understand the intricate interrelationships of the natural world and how to evaluate and responsibly solve environmental problems. It takes a scientific approach to examine principles, concepts, and methodologies in interrelated fields such as geology, biology, chemistry, and...

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…another of my favorite quotes

I came across this quote by Charles Kettering — reminding me to keep trying: 

Keep Going 
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" Keep  on  going  —  and  the  chances  are  you  will  stumble  on  something,  perhaps  when  you  are  least  expecting  it.  I  have  never  heard  of  anyone  stumbling  on  something  sitting  down. " - Charles Kettering

  I have found in my own life that you can stop and figure out if it really can...

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Catch My Interview on Microsoft TV

GoldKey SecurityFor anyone that’s been wondering what in the world GoldKey is all about and how it secures GoldBook computers, you might want to check out my interview on Microsoft OEM TV.  I was interviewed by Microsoft Executive Brian Wilson about GoldKey security, the GoldBook Pro computers, and how Acellus works to provide secure, focused learning for students.  In the interview I have the opportunity to explain how GoldKey works and why it is such an important tool to help protect our students...

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Tech-Gadget of the Day

Dr B with Ember MugFor the tech-gadget lover in us all, I’ve just discovered something I’ve got to share — something I’ve been looking for for a long time.  OK, it’s just a coffee mug. But it’s a coffee mug that keeps my coffee at just the right temperature. We all know coffee isn’t the same when it’s not the “right” temperature. When it is, it’s a whole different experience. Normally that lasts for about 90 seconds. But this mug keeps it at the same...

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Acellus Releases AP Statistics Course

AP StatisticsAcellus has just released the latest in its AP course — AP Statistics. In this course, students learn about the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data.  Taught by Acellus Course Instructor Kristina Francis, the course has been audited and approved by the College Board to provide students with a college-level learning experience.   Students should successfully complete Algebra II prior to taking this course. Learn more about new Acellus AP Statistics course and watch a sample...

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Acellus Announces Science Fair Winners

Acellus Science FairCongratulations to the winners of the Acellus Science Fair 2018! We are proud of the effort these students have made and also recognize the guidance and support of their teachers and parents.  This is the third annual Science Fair for Acellus, with participants ranging in age from 5-18 and coming from schools across the United States and from several countries abroad. Since the Science Fair is open to students from such a large, diverse area, participants “enter” their projects via a video...

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