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The Katy ISD Board of Trustees will take action on several agenda items at the April 23 meeting, including purchasing a new social media threat monitoring service and approving contracts for districtwide upgrades. Here are all the items trustees will take action on at the next meeting:   view article arw

The Coppell ISD Board of Trustees recently approved expanding the district’s open enrollment program to include New Tech High at Coppell for incoming 9th and 10th graders who live in the city of Coppell, but not within the attendance boundaries of CISD. Open Enrollment applications for new students to the program for the 2018-19 school year begins Friday.  New Tech High at Coppell will host an open enrollment information meeting for its potential open enrollment students on May 1 at 6:30 p.m. in its media center. view article arw

The Katy Independent School District is considering a social media threat alerting service that would be intended to help sift out possible online threats. The program is called Social Sentinel. The Katy ISD technology department spoke to the Board of Trustees during its study work meeting Monday night about how the program works. Using geographic region or geo-location, Social Sentinel would scan public posts every day on 12 social media sources, including Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and others.  view article arw

Some 2nd grade students in Snyder are doing some impressive coursework. They're putting their math, science and communication skills to the test through computer coding. Teacher Carolyn Torres says going to the coding lab is "their favorite part of the day," calling it the "skill of the future." The students use an app to learn coding. The app is a game that requires tiles. Each tile represents something different. It's up to the students to create the correct sequence to move their character and have him accomplish a goal. To be successful, the students have to use critical thinking, communication and collaboration with their team. view article arw

Brownsville Independent School District teams swept the middle school division of the GreenPower USA South Texas Electric Car Competition held April 6-7 at the Brownsville-South Padre Island International Airport. The GreenPower USA event was part of a series of competitions across the nation and an outgrowth of HESTEC, or Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology week at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. view article arw

As the school year heads into the final stretch, there's one Central Texas school starting something new -- something that only a handful of schools in the country have. On February 14, 2018, a mass shooting happened at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students were killed. This caused many districts across the country to try and figure out new and proactive ways to keep this from happening in their communities. view article arw

Little Elm ISD has launched a new program – digital parent bingo – to help students learn about “digital citizenship.” “Digital citizenship not only teaches students the etiquette involved in being a smart and effective participant in a digital world, but it empowers and equips students with essential life tools to help them navigate challenging digital-based situations,” said Salima Hudani director of educational technology, at Foundations for the Future Charter Academy. view article arw

Students taking the online version of the high-stakes STAAR today were temporarily kicked out of a software program that runs the test midway through their testing. One local teacher said the glitch caused her to panic for a brief moment as she was not able to administer the test to her students. "You find that out and you think, oh no, their going to panic, or they're going to stress out," said English II Teacher for River Road High School Sasha Smith. view article arw

The popular video game Fortnite continues to capture the attention of North Texas teens. It appears teens aren’t only playing at home, but also at school. The mobile version of the game makes it possible for students to play on smart phones and tablets. view article arw

'God" triumphed over "Chris Rock" at AP Calculus Friday morning at Lumberton High School. In Kahoot!, an online quiz game accessed by cell phone, senior Trent Stoute beat out his classmates, calculating derivatives in one hand and submitting the answers on his smart phone in the other. "I'm coming for you! I'm four points behind," one student called out. The program enables students to create their own usernames, like "Pink Panther" or "Chris Rock," who placed second in the friendly competition. view article arw

On their third day in class, students in an ACE 3D coding/printing class at Greenville Middle School were busy tweaking their designs for cellphone and tablet holders. “Mine could hold a phone in either landscape (horizontally) or portrait (vertically), but with the tablet, it tipped over when the tablet was in portrait,” said student Hunter Williams, after testing his earlier design. “The ABS plastic it’s made of his pretty light.” In the same lesson, the students’ teacher, Tim Vangeloff, also discussed the importance of scale in a design, using a 3D printed prosthetic leg to illustrate the concept of scale. view article arw

Dive Brief: Web filters like Lightspeed Systems' Relay, available as a Google Chrome plug-in, are helping districts manage students' devices from a single dashboard and avoid potential crisis situations, according to EdTech: Focus on K-12. Since adopting the plug-in last summer, Missouri's Morgan County R-1 School District has reportedly avoided four such situations, with the superintendent, resource officer, and technology director using it to filter websites; scan emails, searches and Google Docs; and find lost devices. view article arw

Abilene Independent School District administrators have their work cut out before May's school board meeting concerning the district's technological future. They have to decide whether the district should pursue Apple iPads for students and teachers, or if Dell Chromebooks are better. After months of debating, crunching numbers and testing the products with their own fingers — as well as with the fingers of the staff and students — they are having a hard time choosing. "I was amazed at how closely the two were rated (by the testers)," Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Abigayle Barton said Thursday. view article arw

The Pearland ISD robotics team Pearadox qualified for the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology World Championship after winning the quarterfinals and semifinals at the 2018 Colorado Regional in Denver in March. The team competed with 52 other teams to earn the coveted spot. view article arw

To Elizabeth's shock, her son, who was a senior at McNeil High School in northwest Austin, became the center of a viral video. “It really freaked him out because he had no idea,” she said. Elizabeth does not want to be identified, but says her son was filmed inside a restroom at McNeil High School, which was then posted to Snapchat, showing her son in a stall and his private area. Cory McMahan and Corbin Banda are now charged with Invasive Visual Recording for secretly recording the video and making it public. A grand jury indicted the seniors last week for the recording that happened in November 2017. The two students have not yet been arrested. view article arw

In an effort to retain elementary school students in La Joya I.S.D., the school board has approved three schools to specialize in science, technology, engineering, math and fine arts. The district says that because other valley districts offer specializations at the high school level, La Joya wants to offer it to some of its elementary schools. view article arw

Finding new ways to promote accelerated education and learning in students, La Joya Independent School District is making waves in the Rio Grande Valley. At the March 28th school board meeting, it was announced that starting in the 2018-2019 school year, La Joya ISD will give elementary students the opportunity to attend a school geared more toward their interests. Dr. Gisela Saenz presented on the topic and spoke about the district’s decision to move forward on this. view article arw

Students in the Bryan school district will have expanded opportunities to learn vocational skills with the district's purchase of a new facility that will become the district's Career and Technical Education Center. The former BMI Defense Systems facility on Mumford Drive off Harvey Mitchell Parkway near Texas 6 includes 35,000 square feet of manufacturing, lab and classroom space and 14,456 square feet of office, research and meeting space on 119 acres. view article arw

Discovered by a security researcher last week, the files confirm that AggregateIQ, a British Columbia-based data firm, developed the technology Cambridge Analytica sold to clients for millions of dollars during the 2016 US presidential election. Hundreds if not thousands of pages of code, as well as detailed notes signed by AggregateIQ staff, wholly substantiate recent reports that Cambridge Analytica’s software platform was not its own creation.  What’s more, the files reveal that AggregateIQ—also known as “AIQ”—is the developer behind campaign apps created for Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, as well as a Ukrainian steel magnate named Serhiy Taruta, head the country’s newly formed Osnova party. view article arw

Social media has a bad reputation when it comes to mental health. While many of us are happy to aimlessly scroll through Twitter and Instagram, we're also aware that it might benefit us to put our phones down every now and then. According to new research from this year, staring at screens for too long could make us less happy. The study, published in the journal Emotion, was led by psychologists at San Diego State University. It found, through a national survey of over a million 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-graders that teenagers who were glued to their smartphones and computers were noticeably unhappier. view article arw

The Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees on Monday approved the expenditure of $27.7 million from the 2017 technology bond fund and $277,393 from the general fund on Apple products and services, as well as mobile device management for the next school year. Bryon Kolbeck, chief technology officer, said the plan is to provide iPad Pro 10.5 devices to grades four through 12 and iPad 9.7 to pre-kindergarten through third-graders as class sets. Over the course of five years, the rollout is expected to cost $50.1 million when factoring in the $2.3 million that will be saved in residual value from reusing existing iPads. That expenditure is $353,923 less than the bond budget. view article arw

Sixteen Lancaster High School students participated and placed in the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) Math, Science, Engineering competition held at the Tarrant County Community College SE Campus in Fort Worth, TX. These students, along with at least 200 other students from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, engaged in a single-day of STEM-related competitions. Lancaster High School Engineering Club Sponsor Charles Richardson stated that this is the fifth year that his students have participated in this annual competition. “It is our goal to continue to prepare the students to meet the challenges of the 21st Century through these events,” he said. view article arw

Cy-Fair ISD’s Career and Technical Education department is designed to prepare students for careers in a variety of industries, ranging from agriculture to computer science to welding. About 30,000 students are enrolled annually across 135 courses, said district CTE Director Denise Kubecka. Students have the opportunity to earn one or more of about 40 certifications by the time they graduate, potentially saving thousands of dollars, she said. view article arw

Bay City High School Career and Technology Education (CTE) students enrolled in the Health Tech program got to visit one-on-one with Memorial Hermann Life Flight team members on February 23rd. The Life Flight Team met with the students at Matagorda Regional Medical Center, and students got to get acquainted with the equipment used by the Life Flight team as they looked inside the team’s helicopter. view article arw

The Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees on Monday approved the expenditure of $27.7 million from the 2017 technology bond fund and $277,393 from the general fund on Apple products and services, as well as mobile device management for the next school year. Bryon Kolbeck, chief technology officer, said the plan is to provide iPad Pro 10.5 devices to grades four through 12 and iPad 9.7 to pre-kindergarten through third-graders as class sets. view article arw

Canyon ISD is hosting Internet Safety Training Thursday at the District Support Center at 3301 N 23rd St  Canyon, TX. At the event, you can learn how to stay and keep your family safe in the digital world. view article arw

Homebound students in the Bryan school district could soon receive direct instruction with the help of robots. School board members unanimously authorized the district to apply for a waiver that would allow homebound students to "attend" class with help from technology. For students to be counted as present in the class, the district must have the waiver for remote homebound instruction in place, Director of Data Services Jennifer Lemons told the board Monday night. view article arw

Homebound students in the Bryan school district could soon receive direct instruction with the help of robots. School board members unanimously authorized the district to apply for a waiver that would allow homebound students to "attend" class with help from technology. For students to be counted as present in the class, the district must have the waiver for remote homebound instruction in place, Director of Data Services Jennifer Lemons told the board Monday night. view article arw

Two Santa Gertrudis Independent School District students earned Best in Show honors at the Coastal Bend Regional Science Fair in late February, with one student advancing to international competition in May. view article arw

The 37-year-old chief technology officer for an El Paso County school district has been arrested for stealing as many as 150 iPads from the school system and reselling them. El Paso County sheriff's officials say investigators searched the home of Phillip Acosta last week and found several computers stolen from the Clint Independent School District, where he's chief of the department of technology and information services. The district in the eastern part of El Paso County has about 10,000 students. view article arw

Career and Technical Education (CTE) at Mineola High School is expanding to include the new MISD Student Internship Program. Longhorn Ford and Lonestar Dodge in Mineola have agreed to the pilot an internship program with students working in the service, accounting, and marketing departments for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year. Interested high school students submitted applications and were interviewed for the pilot. The internship will be for the Spring semester and could possibly lead to employment opportunities for the summer. view article arw

Westlake High School students will receive a state-of-the art design lab for information technology in August, providing a new home for classes such as Swift Coding and Computer Science to be taught in a relaxed environment fit for collaboration. Jeremy Trimble, chief operations officer for the district, said at the March 6 school board meeting, “there was a line item in the 2015 bond to repurpose and renovate the existing network operations center” located in the high school, to create this new co-curricular space. view article arw

FIRST RGV, a local K-12 educational non-profit, is dedicating its STEM learning expo to world renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, who passed away on Tuesday. The expo, to be held at the Pharr Events Center, will see 450 students aged 5-12 from across the Valley using FIRST LEGO equipment. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sponsors, Workforce Solutions, have contracted with FIRST RGV. view article arw

About 20 Humble ISD high school students assembled in the Turner Stadium parking lot to partake in literal rocket science on Thursday, March 8. This final day of a two-day rocket launch was originally scheduled for January, but was postponed twice due to inclement weather. There was more on the line than bragging rights for these Career and Technology Education students, who are members of the Tuesday Night Technology Club. Students on the winning team received their very own drones. view article arw

The robotics team from the Kelton Independent School District is heading to the world championship in robotics. view article arw