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Students Can Now “Retake” Previous Lessons to Boost Scores

When students struggle with a concept in an Acellus video lesson, it is usually apparent by their low score after they complete the problems. While some students are not affected by these occasional lower scores, diligent and conscientious students are, and they would even be willing to do extra work just to improve their grade. At the same time, if a teacher — or even Acellus — were to assign these difficult lessons to the student to take over again, most students would be less than motivated to complete the work. To solve this...

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Acellus Releases New Course – AP European History

Acellus has added a new course to its Advance Placement offerings – AP European History.  AP European History Course - Acellus The course leads students through the cultural, economic, political, and social developments that shaped Europe from 1450 to the present, with special focus on analyzing the influence those developments had at the time and continue to have on the world today. AP European History is organized by historical periods that are marked by the notable ideas and events that altered the course of history during each. Students begin by...

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Acellus Enhances Notifications to Teachers

While Acellus allows teachers to stay on top of student work realtime via the Live Class Monitor, it also sends them Notifications of important student events, such as when a student has passed an exam, when a student is struggling in a lesson, or when a student has failed an exam. Failed Exam Notification These Notifications appear in the teacher’s Messages. Now, Acellus has added some important enhancements to these Notifications. In addition to basic student and course /lesson/exam name information, teachers will see more detail,...

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Acellus Releases New Foreign Language Course – Spanish II

Acellus Spanish II Course Acellus has just released Spanish II — the next in its series of Spanish language courses. Spanish II continues to build on the foundation of vocabulary and grammar laid in Spanish I and is organized around different settings that include daily routines, travel, health, emergency situations, and personal interests in fields like sports, music, and art. The course gives extra attention to the present, preterit, and imperfect verb tenses, which allows students to converse about topics in different time frames, such as...

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New Message Flag Aids Teacher/Student Communication

New Message AlertWhile teachers have had the option of sending messages to Acellus students whenever they felt a need to do so, students were only aware of these messages if they went back to the student login screen and checked their message icon. This meant that if students were watching videos or working on problems and then logged out of Acellus without going back to the login screen, they were not aware of their new messages until the next time they logged back into Acellus. To...

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Acellus Grade 6 Math Course Targets Spanish-Speakers

Acellus has just released a new math course for middle school - Grade 6 Math-Spanish. Acellus Grade 6 Math Spanish The new course is especially designed to help Spanish-speaking students progress in their understanding of mathematics while at the same time reinforce their understanding of English. Grade 6 Math-Spanish continues to build a strong foundation in mathematics, covering important concepts such as ratios and rates, solving problems with negative integers, using expressions and equations to solve problems, and developing an understanding of statistical thinking. One of the features of...

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Acellus Releases German II Course

Acellus German II CourseAcellus has just released German II — the second in a series of German language courses targeted for high school students. The course builds on the foundation laid in German I, expanding grammar and vocabulary skills to increase students’ ability to understand and speak the language. The focus for the course includes learning correct verb tense and sentence structure, which students then apply to common settings such as home, shopping, travel, sports, recreation, and in expressing personal emotions. German II adds extra enrichment...

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Acellus Releases New AP Computer Science A Course

Acellus Blog Post - AP Computer ScienceAcellus has added a new course to it current Advanced Placement course offerings with AP Computer Science A. This high school course instructs students on the core aspects of computer science, including how to create and implement computer programs that solve problems relevant in today’s society. Students will also learn how to deploy programming tools and how to effectively respond to complex problems through hands-on applications and examples. The Acellus AP Computer Science A course has been audited and...

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Optimize Learning — Become an Acellus Power School

Acellus Power Schools2 We have learned from schools who are using Acellus that the most effective way for them to take full advantage of the system’s many powerful features is through full deployment —becoming an Acellus Power School. We call it a “Power School” because it empowers students, empowers teachers, and empowers administrators. Becoming an Acellus Power School allows teachers and administrators complete flexibility in deploying Acellus, whether in blended learning models, special education, credit recovery, or gifted and talented programs, and includes ready availability...

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New Action Log Helps Teachers Keep Track of Changes

As teachers are working with Acellus, there are occasions when it is important for them to know what Administrative Actions have been taken regarding their classes. Since Acellus supports a shared-administrative access, it can sometimes be difficult to tell who made what changes. The new Acellus 'Action Log' provides this information in a manipulative interface that allows teachers to see what changes were made, when, and by whom (and even some things Acellus has done for them behind the scenes). The Action Log helps minimize confusion by keeping track of who did what.

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Acellus Releases Spanish I Course for High School

Acellus has just released its new Spanish I course, targeted for high school students and classified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages guidelines (ACTFL) as a Novice Mid-Level performance course. New Spanish I Acellus CourseThis course is ideal for students who wish to begin learning Spanish as a second language. It lays a foundation of basic vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure, and it gives students exposure and practice in understanding and conversing in Spanish in a variety of common,...

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Acellus Exam Proctoring Now Gives Teachers More Flexibility

Acellus Exam Proctoring Educators today face a growing number of unique teaching situations, including environments such as distance-learning and teaching methods such as blended learning. In these environments, unlocking and proctoring exams can become a tedious process, especially when many students are going at their own pace. At the same time, it is important that teachers be able to intervene at key moments, such as right before a critical Exam, to make sure that students are on track. To address this issue, Acellus has added another level...

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