Acellus Launches the Internet of Learning — a New Internet for Education

Today our world is under cyberattack. It’s becoming a very big, a very dangerous, and a very expensive problem. Not surprisingly, then, our schools are under cyberattack. To protect school networks from these attacks and still provide the enrichment of digital resources, Acellus has created the Internet of Learning — a new Internet designed specifically for education that gives students access to essential information without opening the door to Internet-spawned distractions and malicious network intrusions.
A New Internet is BornThe idea for the Internet of Learning came while I was attending an MIT course on Advanced Cybersecurity taught by Dr. John Williams, one of the foremost thinkers in the field. His presentation highlighted the critical condition of the cybersecurity world now and how we need breakthrough technologies and radical new approaches, because what we’ve been doing isn’t working.That’s when I envisioned a new Internet for education. If we made a separate Internet for l…

New Acellus Feature: Students Can Now Upload Assignments

Many types of student assignments need to be uploaded to the teacher for grading.  The process of uploading homework in Acellus has now been significantly expanded with the new Acellus student upload feature. With the new feature, assignments can be uploaded to teachers digitally, either in the form of a text document or as an image.
When students click the ‘Special Lessons’ button and find they have an assignment to do, they can click ‘Add Work’ to have the option of creating a document or an image that they can then ‘Turn In.’

By choosing ‘Upload a Picture’ on a mobile device (including Acellus locked-down devices), students automatically activate that device’s camera and can snap a picture of their work. They can then make adjustments and re-snap the picture or ‘Save’ it to work on later. Once they are satisfied with the picture, they can “turn it in”  for their teacher to review.
Students can also choose to create a text document without leaving Acellus, which, in addition to the con…

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 Problem? Or the Solution!
The challenge of effectively educating students with special needs grows as that population grows. Yet, by training these students to take waiting positions in STEM-related fields, we are solving the problem of their education while at the same time solving the problem of unfilled STEM jobs.
The Acellus Coding Course featured in the STEM Robotics Lab teaches students to program using Blockly, a coding language where students program with small blocks of code tha…

"Foundations of Music" Course - New Acellus Elective

The new Foundations of Musiccourse 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, explain their unique characteristics, and perform samples of the types of music played by them.
The use of special video effects, along with ample opportunities for students to see and hear different instruments, ensembles, types of music, and performances, engage students in a rich music experience.
This course has been noted by developers involved in its creation as one that will get students very excited…

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 would see and expressions they would hear in the classroom, and how to exchange phone numbers and email addresses.
To further broaden students' exposure and deepen their appreciation for the language, each set of words/phrases is introduced with a brief glimpse of its setting in historic and modern French culture. The topics covered and the cultural side-notes are particularly relevant to students, making the course both interesting and useful.
A notable fea…

New Instructional Standards in Education Course Targets Teaching Career

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 the classroom, and meeting the basic day-to-day requirements and responsibilities of teaching, Mr. Edmond also includes strategies on how to cope with the inevitable behavior challenges in the classroom. 
Other course highlights include recognizing different teaching and learning styles, establishing a tone of respect and fairness in the classroom, and practicing overall good teaching ethics and attitudes.
“Instructional Standards in Education” gives students a well-rounded introduction to a career in education. For more details about the course, see Instructional Standards in Education and Training

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 course establishes a solid introduction to the field.
In addition to teaching the concepts, the instructor models different accounting operations in real-life scenarios, showing students how they work in actual practice. This empowers students with knowledge and insight they can apply to actual situations they will likely encount…