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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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Acellus Streamlines Enrollment With Sign-In Card Update

The process of getting new students started in Acellus has been simplified in the past by the Acellus Sign-In Card — a printable guide that contained the basic information students needed to access the Acellus system. Acellus Sign-In Card This information included such things as their Acellus ID and their student password. However, with the increase in the different computer devices and platforms students are now using, the start-up process has become more complex. To compensate, we have updated the Sign-In Card to add important additional information such as details...

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Credit Recovery Feature — Teachers Can ‘Assign All Concepts’

Acellus recently created a feature that allows teachers to instantly put struggling students into the Credit Recovery Mode — for any class at any time. (See details on my Credit Recovery Mode post). Credit Recovery - Assign all Concepts One of the advantages of the Credit Recovery Mode is that teachers can personally assign the topics the students work on, customizing their study to just the concepts they missed. However, there are occasions where a student needs to study all of the concepts instead of only...

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Acellus Releases British Literature Course for High School

British Literature English IV is a robust high school English IV course for 11th and 12th grade students that examines British Literature as it has developed though the ages against an historical backdrop. It exposes students to classic works of fiction and nonfiction, including epics, legends, poetry, histories, novels, and drama from early Anglo-Saxon texts to post-modern pieces. Acellus Releases British Literature In addition to the study of literature, the course includes four units focused on writing to give students practice in critical thinking which...

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Acellus Releases German I Course

Acellus has released a new German language elective. The course, German I, is geared for students who want to learn German as a second language. German I - New Acellus ElectiveThe course is well-rounded, setting a background for the language with an overview of German-speaking countries, cultures, and peoples. It lays a foundation for the language with lessons on vocabulary, basic grammar, and sentence structure, and then covers common greetings and conversational patterns students will need to know for real-world conversations. Students learn how to understand...

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Acellus Adds Teacher Lesson Upload Support

PDFSupport for PDF files has now been integrated into Acellus. Teachers who want to add their own custom ‘Special Lessons’ to Acellus and courseware developers who are creating Acellus course materials can now upload PDF files without the need to install a plug-in. Now, when teachers want to add additional materials to go along with existing Acellus lessons, they can do so by uploading them as PDF files. These lesson enhancements can then be viewed by students on all supported devices, including on locked-down Acellus tablets. The...

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