Milo, the first talking robot for classroom use has made it to Central Texas. Manor ISD's summer camp brought in the robot designed for those with autism, but his technology has expanded to a number of Texas schools. Over the last two weeks, a mixed group of non-autistic and autistic students have attended ShadowGlen Elementary School, taking part programming and coding courses. Campers have access to the talking robot by creating a storyboard and commands to operate Milo. view article arw

On June 10th Conroe ISD celebrated the opening of it’s state-of-the-art robotics facility located at The Woodlands College Park High School.  The new lab is home to FIRST Robotics team Texas Torque, which includes students from Conroe ISD area high schools. view article arw

On June 10th Conroe ISD celebrated the opening of it’s state-of-the-art robotics facility located at The Woodlands College Park High School.  The new lab is home to FIRST Robotics team Texas Torque, which includes students from Conroe ISD area high schools. view article arw

With enrollment continuing to grow, Ector County Independent School District’s Career and Technology Education programs need more space. Since 2011-12, enrollment in career and technology education courses has grown from 3,565 to 6,819 in 2016-17. A new career and technology center would cost an estimated $68,450,000, according to information from the district’s bond advisory committee. view article arw

As recent high school graduates prepare for their migration to college in the fall, one item is sure to top most students’ shopping wish lists: a laptop computer. Laptops are ubiquitous on university campuses, and are viewed by most students as absolute must-have items, right alongside laundry detergent, towels, and coffee pots. view article arw

The Victoria school district was one of many districts affected by a data breach through the Texas Association of School Boards. The association learned recently that personal information of employees became inadvertently visible to the public on the internet, according to a June 21 news release. Victoria school officials have received several calls from concerned employees questioning whether the letter is legitimate or fake and how TASB is associated with the district, said Shawna Currie, school district communications director. view article arw

Leveraging partnerships with local industries and universities is a great way for K–12 schools to offer students real-world experiences, while also fostering future-ready college students and workers. The University of Texas at San Antonio and the San Antonio Independent School District have embraced this idea fully through the Centers for Applied Science and Technology (CAST), a network of applied-technology schools, Campus Technology reports. The first school will be CAST Tech High School, which will open next month with 150 9th graders. view article arw

Google has named City View ISD as a Google for Education Reference District. There are currently fewer than 110 school districts in the United States (and only 6 in the State of Texas) that have been recognized with this distinction. According to Google, “ Google for Education Reference Districts are districts that demonstrate excellence and thought leadership through the innovative use of technology, including G Suite for Education (formerly known as Google Apps for Education) and Chromebooks, to drive impact and positive learning outcomes. ” view article arw

July 06--The Victoria school district was one of many districts affected by a data breach through the Texas Association of School Boards.  The association learned recently that personal information of employees became inadvertently visible to the public on the internet, according to a June 21 news release.  Victoria school officials have received several calls from concerned employees questioning whether the letter is legitimate or fake and how TASB is associated with the district, said Shawna Currie, school district communications director.  An email notification was sent to all Victoria school district employees with information from the association, she said. view article arw

Calallen Independent School District officials have confirmed that their networks were recently affected by a so-called ransomware cyberattack. Information Technology (IT) staff at the district first noticed the issue Sunday morning, reporting problems with the district's email system. They then discovered that malware (malicious software similar to a virus, trojan or worm), had taken control of network servers in a ransomware attack. view article arw

Bonham ISD upgrades website

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Bonham ISD has upgraded the school district website to more effectively communicate with students, parents and community effective July 1. The website will continue to be located at www.bonhamisd.org and provides calendars, news, cafeteria menus, athletic schedules, announcements, photos, and directory information. Bonham ISD chose Gabbart Communications for its website services. Dr. Marvin Beaty, superintendent of Bonham ISD, said, "Our administrative team has made a recommendation that I fully endorse. This recommendation entails adopting an agreement with Gabbart Communications to produce our new website. This venture is exciting for many reasons. It offers a greater economic benefit to our district while providing more attractive designs and templates that are stylish and user friendly. This more modern website will promote a greater awareness and communication between BISD and our many stakeholders." view article arw

Students in Cleburne ISD will soon be able to visit places around the world, in outer space and even underwater without leaving their classrooms with the help of virtual reality. The CISD board of trustees tried out virtual reality headsets during Monday night’s special called meeting. Cleburne High School Advanced Placement human geography and European history teacher Brent Barnes said the goal of VR is to improve education for students. Teachers can check out a set of 30 VR headsets to incorporate them into their lesson plans for the day.  view article arw

The Marble Falls Independent School District (MFISD) is inviting feedback on its new website before it goes live in July. A temporary link, http://Preview.MarbleFallsISD.org, has been established to access a red-button guide to the survey, although first-time visitors directly to www.MarbleFallsISD.org may receive the offer of the survey as well. “Our hope is that users will find that the new website is more user- friendly,” said Jeff Gasaway, assistant superintendent of administrative services. “We will incorporate the survey feedback into the new design to help make the website as easy to navigate as possible.” view article arw

Humble ISD students were busy at the district's Career and Technology Education Center summer camps Wednesday, June 28. Elementary school students built robots and flew drones, while seventh and eighth graders learned about aerospace engineering through hands-on simulations and studied replicas as they prepared for a firsthand plane flight experience. "When they get in the airplane this weekend, there will be a lot of things they recognize," said Joe Paneitz, CATE Center Engineering and Technology robotics and automation teacher. "They will to be able to apply the science they've learned in camp." view article arw

While students in Spring Independent School District are enjoying summer break, the district is working to install thousands of new computers across all of its campuses. The district is installing 3,548 Dell desktop computers in student computer labs in all elementary, middle and high schools. Some of the computers being replaced are more than a decade old. "We want to get new technology in the hands of the students," said Jeff Kohrman, information technology officer with Spring ISD. "We are installing computers at all campuses; everyone will be getting new computers at their campuses." The computer upgrades are part of the district's 2016 bond referendum. "This project is very critical for us as we make sure that our students get what they need to be successful," said Benjamin Leung, director of technical support services at Spring ISD. view article arw

In a profession most readily associated with the printed word, school librarians have embraced what may seem like an unlikely tool. Librarians in public schools across the country are mixing new technologies like iPads and the internet with old to teach their students fundamental skills, while also preparing them for the digital age. But their progress is threatened by a familiar problem in education: funding. “Librarians are really embracing technology and integrating tech tools into their teaching in very meaningful and effective ways. The issue for school librarians is budget,” said Kathy Ishizuka, executive editor of the publication School Library Journal. view article arw

Silicon Valley tech moguls are conducting an enormous experiment on the nation's children. We should not be so trusting that they'll get it right.  Google has taken a big role in public education, offering low-cost laptops and free apps. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook Inc. is investing heavily in educational technology, largely though the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Netflix head Reed Hastings has been tinkering with expensive and algorithmic ed-tech tools. view article arw

Hudson Middle School seventh-graders were hard at work creating car, Hungarian Horntail and windmill robots during the first free #Buzzcode Camp on campus Tuesday. view article arw

The National Weather Service issued a tropical storm watch Tuesday morning for the Houston region, which includes Harris, Chambers, Liberty and Galveston counties. view article arw

Frogs were living in plastic food containers with “habitat membranes” of sponges and rags controlling the water levels. Model fish constructed from water bottles hung on a hallway wall with prosthetic fins made of foil or foam. The food storage containers were turned into research submersibles loaded with smaller plastic cylinders meant to depict research equipment such as batteries, cameras and sonar. They held up underwater, though not all completed the mission. The 40 girls in a room at Cody Elementary School were purposeful but not noisy. They had just finished third, fourth or fifth grade and want to be veterinarians, doctors, computer technicians, police officers, physical therapists, chemists and engineers. view article arw

The Garland ISD made a big move this past fall, distributing iPads to all high school students, including Sachse. That program will be expanded this coming school year, when GISD middle school students will have the opportunity to work with the technology. It’s part of the district’s Ready 1:1 program, which is designed to “level the playing field” for all students when it comes to education, as well as provide the chance to improve their learning experience and to “think creatively,” according to the GISD website. view article arw

Over the past few years, technology has had a huge impact on students from kindergarten to high school seniors. Which is why Google is working with area teachers to bring innovations to the Panhandle. "It allows us to share documents and to collaborate with our students in a meaningful way," Cameron Rosser, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum for Canyon ISD said. "We just want to continue to spread those technologies into more and more classrooms so that we can ensure our students are ready for the 21st century." view article arw

There’s now an extra layer of security on many Cy-Fair ISD campuses. “We call them emergency call boxes,” said associate superintendent Roy Sprague. They’re more common on college campuses and elsewhere. But crews are spending the summer installing 50 of them throughout the local district. view article arw

With students out of school for summer vacation, area teachers spent some time this week learning about digital devices and programs that can be incorporated into their classrooms and daily lessons. As part of Techpalooza ’17, a three-day conference hosted by the Sherman Independent School District, educators from 21 area school districts descended on Sory Elementary School for lessons and workshops on everything from iPads and interactive whiteboards to movie-making and Microsoft Office programs. “Technology will never replace teachers in the classroom,” Sherman ISD Director of Technology Mignon Plyler said. “However, we have to have teachers who know what to do with their devices and programs and how to use them to help students learn.” view article arw

With the help of a conference, Hays CISD teachers gained the opportunity to learn from their peers about how to better use technology as a learning tool in the classroom. On June 8, Hays CISD held its fourth annual Fusion Digital Learning Conference at Simon Middle School. Jamie Locklin, director of digital technology at Hays CISD, has organized the annual conference the last two years. She calls it a “celebration of learning where everyone can come together and share ideas about what works in their classrooms.” Locklin said the conference sold out of the maximum of 250 teachers that could register for the daylong event. view article arw

A small group of Longview ISD students are being introduced this week to the Raspberry Pi, a tiny computer about the size of a palm that can power various operating systems and has many other functions. The goal of the camp is to get the students interested in computing and coding. "It has really become a big part of what we call the 'maker movement,' where people make new and interesting things and make animatronics and all sorts of different things with it," said Jennifer Large Smith, an instructional technology specialist at Longview ISD. "So we wanted our kids to be part of that, to learn how to code, so we wanted to touch some kids who normally might not have had these experiences." view article arw

At four Camp Code sites this summer, middle school girls are learning how to perform the wizardry behind Facebook, Snapchat and other popular apps — in other words how to code, or program, computers. The Texas Workforce Commission awarded nearly $600,000 in Camp Code grants to spark interest among middle school girls in coding and computer science. The Brownsville Independent School District received a $48,000 grant and is running Girls Can Code Camps at four BISD middle schools in collaboration with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The camps started Thursday and run through June 30 at Lucio, Perkins, Stillman and Vela middle schools, said Alma Cardenas-Rubio, BISD’s administrator for Bilingual Education who is administering the camps. Some 120 girls entering sixth through eighth grades next year received “scholarships” to the camps. As of last week, a few slots were still open at Perkins, she said. view article arw

To the delight of Leander ISD officials, a team of 14 talented engineering, mathematics and science students from Vista Ridge High School in Cedar Park has won the 2017 University Interscholastic League state robotics championships. "I can't tell you how proud I am of what you have accomplished," said Leander ISD Superintendent Dan Troxell, who met with the robotics team at Vista Ridge last week. "Congratulations. The type of work you do here you can utilize in so many different ways." The Vista Ridge team, Static Void, won top honors in the 2017 state robotics championship by building a robot from the ground up and pitting it against more than 24 other 6A schools from throughout Texas. view article arw

 It’s all good. The recent installation of cameras, lighting and other security measures have earned the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District a top rating for safety. Fidela Hinojosa, school safety coordinator for the Region One Education Service Center, commended the school district this past week for having some of the best safety measures in the area. view article arw

When Bhoomika Kumar was in the eighth grade she became a cancer researcher. Now, as she prepares to go into her junior year at Coppell High School, she is advancing her work, looking for safe ways to optimize the regeneration of liver cells. Kumar is one of 100 award recipients of PBS Learning Media’s and Stand Up To Cancer’s Emperor Science Award program, an initiative designed to encourage high school students to explore careers in science, specifically cancer research and care, through a unique mentoring opportunity.The 15-year-old will be working this summer with a mentor at UT Southwestern in Dallas in a lab focused on how liver regeneration can impact liver cancer. She and her mentor will be searching for ways to make it safer and more efficient, and not prone to cause cancer itself. view article arw

Fifth- and sixth-graders can expect some new technology in their classrooms at the start of the 2017-18 school year after Tuesday’s specially called meeting of the Board of Trustees. School board members unanimously approved the purchase of 1,000 new Chromebooks for incoming fifth- and sixth-graders as part of the Huntsville Engaged Learning Model (HELM) Five Year Plan, which totals $272,920. The cost is being covered by the Huntsville ISD Instructional Materials Allotment, which is a state fund specifically allocated to districts for the purchase of technology.  view article arw

Beginning next school year, students at Liberty Hill High School taking PreAP Pre-Calculus will have the opportunity to earn credits with the University of Texas at Austin. The program, called OnRamps, was introduced to parents and students in May when representatives from UT visited the school. view article arw

Twenty-five Miller Intermediate students took home desktop computers recently for successfully completing the school’s Young Makers Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) Team program. STEAM is a rigorous after-school program that uses technology to provide hands-on training in five core subject areas. Throughout the program, students learn how to apply technology skills to a broad range of industries and careers. view article arw

Canutillo ISD announced that the Texas Education Agency has designated Canutillo Middle School as a Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) academy. The middle school joins Canutillo High School, who is in its second year in the same T-STEM designation, making the District one of only a few in the state of Texas to have a sixth through twelfth grade T-STEM track. T-STEM Academies are rigorous secondary schools focusing on improving instruction and academic performance in science and mathematics-related subjects and increasing the number of students who study and enter STEM careers. view article arw