Acellus Blog for Educators


A 10-Inch Robot is Poised to Revolutionize STEM Education for Special Ed

The robot — Cellus Bot — is part of the new Acellus STEM Robotics Lab designed to pique the imagination while building STEM skills in students with special needs. Why STEM for Special Ed? We know from recent studies that the number of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) alone is on the rise – 1 in 45 at the latest report. We also know that a large number of students diagnosed with an ASD actually gravitate toward STEM fields — fields where job demand far exceeds qualified applicants. The...

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“Foundations of Music” Course – New Acellus Elective

The new Foundations of Music course is an Acellus elementary school elective that gives students a basic but broad introduction to music. It includes a brief history of western music, with its different periods and musical types, and highlights some of the famous composers from Bach to Aaron Copland. It also gives students an overview of world music traditions and sounds, as well as basic instruction in music notation. One of the course highlights is the demonstration of different musical instruments by members of the U.S. Army Field Band, who give a brief history of their instruments,...

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Acellus Expands High School Language Electives with “French I”

High school students wishing to study French as a second language now have that opportunity with Acellus’ newly released “French I” course. A major objective of the course is to help students become conversant in French in a variety of situations and environments. The lessons present sets of words and then use them in common phrases that students will most likely need to understand and may want to use. Students learn to converse on practical subjects such as types and styles of clothing, places to go in the city, objects they...

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New “Instructional Standards in Education” Course Targets Teaching Career

For students interested in pursuing a teaching or administrative career in education, Acellus now offers the “Instructional Standards in Education and Training” course that gives an eye-opening overview of what to expect and how to prepare. The course provides an abundance of practical and valuable information and insight, delivered by veteran Acellus teacher Todd Edmond, who draws on a wealth of experience from his own teaching career. Beginning with the preparation necessary to become a teacher and continuing with getting a teaching job, creating lesson plans, organizing self and classroom, and...

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Acellus Adds “Introduction to Accounting” to Career & TechEd Electives

The new Acellus “Introduction to Accounting” course gives a comprehensive overview of the field of accounting and is targeted to students who are contemplating an accounting or accounting-related career. The course is also worthwhile for students who anticipate starting their own business or who otherwise need a basic understanding of financial operations. “Introduction to Accounting” covers the fundamental accounting principles from financial statements, accounts payable/receivable, inventory, and payroll to more advanced subjects such as financial ratios, cash controls, special assets, taxes, regulations, and ethics. The breadth of the topics addressed in the...

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New Acellus Course – Grade 6 Science

Grade 6 Science is a new, integrated course that covers material from several different science fields, including astronomy and earth science. One of the highlights of the course is the virtual lab, where students see demonstrations and experiments that help them cement in concepts they are taught in the lessons. For details on the new Grade 6 Science course plus a sample lesson, visit https://www.science.edu/acellus/course/grade-6-science/

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New Acellus Course – Elementary Ecology

We are pleased to announce the release of a new Acellus science course, Elementary Ecology. The course, which targets Grades 2-4, explores different ecosystems and includes engaging virtual field trips. Elementary Ecology is part of an ongoing Acellus thrust to both expand and enhance the elementary education curriculum, including all CORE subjects and a broad range of electives. For more information on the Elementary Ecology course and to view a sample lesson, see https://www.science.edu/acellus/course/elementary-ecology/  

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New and Improved Placement Exams 

The Placement Exams are quite often a student’s first introduction to Acellus. As such, we want this experience to set the mode of how stimulating and engaging these courses are; yet, what student enjoys an exam? Even more, what students enjoy an exam on concepts they haven’t learned? Our challenge was to assess students’ knowledge adequately enough that we could determine their current academic level and yet keep them pumped up and motivated at the same time. We took the challenge head-on and made some enhancements: The Placement Exams no longer jump right in with difficult questions. Instead,...

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New Filter – Common Core vs Not Common Core 

With Common Core and other standards now added to the curriculum mix, it has become an increasing challenge for teachers to determine which courses fit district mandates, teacher preferences, and student needs. Acellus now provides a filter to help teachers find the courses they are looking for when they are setting up a new class.  They can select a filter that delimits course listings by standard. Since some districts require Common Core-based curriculums and others proscribe them, teachers can now specify ‘Common Core’; ‘Not Common Core’; or ‘Both.’ Thanks to you teachers that have...

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Pre-Exams Adapt to Student Effort

Pre-Exams, though not popular among students, have increasingly become a requirement in education to show academic progress. The challenge has been to make Pre-Exams effective for educators yet not demoralizing for students.  We feel the new Pre-Exam feature in Acellus has taken a big step in meeting this challenge. To accomplish our goal, we made the Pre-Exams responsive to student actions, continuing to present material when students are active, and shortening the exam when students indicate they are lost. To achieve this solution, we first had to determine why Pre-Exams were...

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Pre-Exams – Now an Option

The value of Pre-Exams is something many educators have strong feelings about, one way or the other. To accommodate these preferences, Acellus now gives teachers the choice of whether or not students take a Pre-Exam before they begin a new course. While some educators strongly prefer a pre-examination to serve as a benchmark that can be used to show academic growth, others prefer to have students start right out on the course and skip these exams altogether. With the new option, the decision of having students complete a Pre-Exam or to...

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Exams – Retry for Extra Credit 

We recently announced the Exam Recovery Mode, a way in Acellus for students who fail an exam to automatically have another chance to review the material and retake the exam. However, there are many students who actually pass an exam yet feel they have not done their best and would like another try. There is actually a lot to be learned from going back over the questions missed and filling in the holes. Acellus now gives students this option in “Exams.” When students complete an Exam, they can choose to ‘Continue,’ which moves them ahead...

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