The education landscape and the number of opportunities afforded to students continues to broaden in Keller ISD, in large part due to the district’s investment in career and technical programs.  The Keller ISD Career & Technical Education Department supports more than 10,500 CTE students across four high school campuses and the Keller Center for Advanced Learning. CTE students have access to 30 programs, ranging from business, engineering and cybersecurity to fashion design, animation and health sciences.  “CTE is growing,” CTE Advisory Board President Felix Mira said. “It used to look like a shop class down the hall ... but the world of CTE is very different.” view article arw

School is back in session for students around the Concho Valley, and at Christoval ISD, Monday also marked the ribbon-cutting for their brand new STEM Academy building.  The new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math classrooms will allow for a greater diversity of hands-on classes. Dr. David Walker, the Superintendent at Christoval ISD says, “We want our students to be marketable and adaptable, as you know the world is changing at a fast rate and as things change we want our kids to have those skill-sets.” view article arw

Richardson ISD is just two months away from the grand opening of its state-of-the-art STEM Center, which district officials say is the first of its kind at a school in the U.S.  The STEM Center—which stands for science, technology, engineering and math—had its soft opening at Berkner High School in fall 2019.  The center is meant to be an extension of the classroom, said Kyndra Johnson, RISD executive director of STEM and innovation. At full implementation, students from Berkner’s 16 feeder schools will use the space beginning in kindergarten. view article arw

With workforce needs and student achievement in mind, Spring Hill High School is adding to its Career and Technology Education program for the 2020-21 school year.  The programs that will be added at the high school are touch system data entry, electrical technology and information technologies/cybersecurity. The junior high will get speech classes, Superintendent Wayne Guidry said. view article arw

The technology of the future is arriving at Longview ISD campuses soon and training is already underway. During a seminar at the LISD administration building last month, zSpace technicians were on hand to show teachers how to best utilize their technology.  What makes zSpace so different from a normal computer is that zSpace combines elements of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) to create lifelike experiences that are immersive and interactive.  Using glasses that are about the size and weight of regular sunglasses, five sensors on them work in conjunction to bring objects on the screen to life. view article arw

Teachers from 17 local schools on Thursday gathered in a Lamar University lab to learn how to use 3-D printers and integrate them into their lesson plans.  “This is an annual event …to support our local teachers,” Makerspace Director and Engineering Professor Kelley Bradley told the Enterprise. “This year we wanted to use the theme of the makerspace, and see if we can help get more 3-D printers into the classroom, and in particular help make lesson plans that use those 3-D printers.” view article arw

Highland Park ISD incorporates STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) in all classes.  The district has expanded its STEAM-related curriculum in recent years thanks to a five-year, $5.8 million grant from the Moody Foundation. HPISD’s STEAM initiative began about three years ago, with 26 pilot teachers creating lessons across campuses and grade levels. view article arw

Katy ISD is helping parents learn ways to understand, monitor and interact with this ever-present force in a positive and productive manner.  KATY, Texas — Are you a parents who struggles to understand social media? Because just as soon as you get familiar with one app, a brand new one rolls out and grabs your child's attention.  Katy Independent School District is throwing parents a lifeline. Through its Legacy Parent Academy, the district is providing an educational session titled, “This Force They Call ‘Social Media'” to help parents learn ways to understand, monitor and interact with this ever present force in a positive and productive manner. view article arw

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - Because most students today have cell phones, Sherman ISD is looking at the best way to balance phone use in school.  The handbook said students are allowed to have their phones during the day, they just have to be off unless they are being used for approved instructional purposes. view article arw

A 21-year-old Texas man has been indicted in New Jersey for posting a comment calling for racial violence in an online group chat, prosecutors in Burlington County, New Jersey said Wednesday.  According to authorities, Kenneth Petersen of Stephenville was arrested in September after a multi-agency investigation that stemmed from a message Petersen allegedly sent in a group chat with New Jersey high school students in May 2018.  Prosecutors say a Northern Burlington high school student had created a group chat to discuss senior pranks using the messaging app GroupMe when she received a message from a sender she did not know, suggesting “all black people at the school” should be shot. view article arw

A 21-year-old Texas man has been indicted in New Jersey for posting a comment calling for racial violence in an online group chat, prosecutors in Burlington County, New Jersey said Wednesday.  According to authorities, Kenneth Petersen of Stephenville was arrested in September after a multi-agency investigation that stemmed from a message Petersen allegedly sent in a group chat with New Jersey high school students in May 2018.  Prosecutors say a Northern Burlington high school student had created a group chat to discuss senior pranks using the messaging app GroupMe when she received a message from a sender she did not know, suggesting “all black people at the school” should be shot. view article arw

BETHESDA, Md., Jan. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is launching a groundbreaking vocational scholarship for high school seniors and college students pursuing vocational and trade degrees.  This effort is the first of its kind within the domestic aerospace and defense industry.  The program will award up to $6,600 each to 150 recipients this year. The scholarship will fund degrees at accredited vocational-technical schools to prepare students for careers in technology and advanced manufacturing that do not require a bachelor's or advanced degree. view article arw

CLUTE, Texas – It’s time for our Cool Schools weekly spotlight brought to you by Go Public Gulf Coast. This week, we’re featuring Brazosport ISD for their innovative and out of this world rocketry program. The program gives students the opportunity to design, build and launch a rocket capable of breaking the sound barrier. Students join the program in their sophomore year and progress through their senior year, during which they develop a flight profile that is presented to NASA engineers. view article arw

The Manor Independent School District is out $2.3 million after falling prey to a phishing scam. The district on Friday said the Manor Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating. view article arw

Socorro Independent School District elementary and middle school students competed Saturday in Robocom 6.0. Fifty-four teams participated in the SISD event.    The district’s sixth annual robotics event began Friday at Pebble Hills High School and continued Saturday. This year’s theme was “City Shaper,” which challenged students to provide a solution on how to improve city infrastructure in their community. view article arw

During the fall of 2019, Kermit ISD stepped up as a leader in Robotics Education throughout West Texas and Region 18. With the addition of a 4th grade through 12th grade robotics program throughout the district, every Kermit ISD campus now includes robotics clubs and competitive teams. Kermit ISD Superintendent Joe Lopez stated, read more arw

AUSTIN As Texas faces attempted cybersecurity attacks from Iran, a federal investigation is reviewing a Tuesday incident in which the Texas Department of Agriculture’s website was hacked to display a photo of Iran’s top military commander who was slain in a U.S. attack last week.A group of self-described Iranian hackers placed an image of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s top military commander killed last week in a U.S. drone strike approved by President Donald Trump, on the Texas Department of Agriculture’s website along with the phrases “Hacked by Iranian Hacker” and “Hacked by Shield Iran,” Vice News first reported Tuesday. view article arw

State agencies are seeing an increase in cyber security threats as Iranian officials vow revenge against the U.S. for killing a top general. Gov. Greg Abbott is warning Texans to be “particularly vigilant” regarding potential cyberterrorism from Iran, suggesting that heightened tensions with the country have caused an increase in attempted attacks on state agencies. view article arw

Cybersecurity officials throughout the country, including in San Antonio, are on guard as military action between the U.S. and Iran continues to escalate. A cyber threat still looms, experts said, in the wake of a missile strike Tuesday that the Iranian government claimed credit for as “revenge” for the U.S. airstrike that killed its top military official.  Hours before Iran struck a U.S. military base in Iraq, Gov. Greg Abbott warned Texans about the geopolitical danger the Middle Eastern nation poses on the cyberwar front. The governor told reporters in a Tuesday press briefing that state agencies were facing an attack rate from the country of 10,000 per minute. view article arw

Texas farmers can nominate public school districts to apply for $15,000 grants to enhance science, technology, engineering and math education.  America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the nonprofit Bayer Fund, has awarded about $18 million to more than 1,000 schools nationwide since 2011. Of that, $975,000 has been awarded to Texas schools. view article arw

An upstate New York school district has begun using facial recognition technology to look for threats. But civil rights advocates want to stop it, saying it infringes on student privacy. The Lockport Central School District says it activated the system Thursday after meeting conditions set by the state, including that no students be programmed in. view article arw

High ceilings, large windows and state-of-the-art technology mark two Austin district elementaries debuting new campuses when students return to class this week. The modernized buildings, outfitted with flexible furniture and numerous views of the outdoors, give insight to the vision school district leaders have for the future of their campuses: spaces that allow for more hands-on learning assignments, group discussions and presentations, rather than traditional-style lectures. view article arw

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX - Conroe ISD will host a screening of the documentary titled 'Screenagers,' an award-winning film that probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games and academics. The film offers solutions on how we can help our kids navigate the digital world. view article arw

Grace Brown’s schedule at West Potomac High School in northern Virginia is filled with all the usual academics, and she's packed in Latin, chorus and piano as extras. What she can’t cram into the 8:10 a.m. - 2:55 p.m. school day is gym class. view article arw

"What do we want to be great at?” This was the question Coppell ISD is hoping to answer as it plans out the future of its Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. According to district officials, Coppell ISD’s purpose for its CTE program is to empower learners through diverse experiences to explore passions and to develop relevant, real-world technical and employability skills for lifelong learning and success in college and career. view article arw

The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering brings a mobile science museum to undeserved schools across the state. view article arw

The Katy ISD board of trustees approved upgraded school bus cameras for the entire Katy ISD bus fleet at the Dec. 16 school board meeting. The district will begin installing the new cameras before the end of the month and hopes to have the system fully operational by mid March. view article arw

About 4,000 Abilene ISD bus riders are using a new check-in system meant to track who is on the bus and where the bus is along their route. Abilene ISD bus driver Don Roquemore's top priority is ensuring his riders get to and from school safely. view article arw

A group of educators from Ector County ISD recently got a chance to attend a training workshop with Backyard Brains Do-It-Yourself Neuroscience in Ann Arbor, Mich. With the training, the teachers can bring real-world, inquiry-based learning to students, a news release said. view article arw

United States Congressman Van Taylor (R-TX-03) last week introduced bipartisan legislation in the House of Representatives to help protect state and local governments against cyber attacks. State and local governments often house sensitive data on their systems including financial information of utility customers, medical records, election data, and criminal records. The same is true for associations, small businesses, and the general public. However, these local entities are falling victim to ransomware and other cyber-attacks at an increasing rate, oftentimes, with limited resources to safeguard their systems. view article arw

Over 400 students highlighted their knowledge for digital learning from robotics to internet apps. LISD held its 13th annual Technology Showcase Expo at Lamar Middle School. Kids showed of their hard work to parents and community members. view article arw

Fifth grade students at The John Cooper School in Laura Wetzel’s science class were assisted by parent volunteers who provided their expertise to assist with the exploration of the inner workings of a lamb heart in December. view article arw

With a methodology to help students become science and technology leaders, as well as well-rounded contributors to society, it’s no wonder why a program like For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology (FIRST) would inspire Flower Mound High School (FMHS) Tech Club students to not only contribute to society but share their knowledge of science and technology with others. And, for free. Beginning this school year, FMHS Tech Club sophomores Ritesh Kanchi and Aarush Das, and junior Gautam Bhaskar teamed up to create FMHS STEMPUMP — a student-led initiative to teach students far and wide the best STEM technologies to date. In a variety of boot camps offered, the trio cover anything STEM related, from robotic programming, website building to game development — the sky's the limit.  view article arw

Spring Hill ISD students and teachers are getting an unexpected technology upgrade. Superintendent Wayne Guidry said the district is reallocating $83,000 for technology purchases. The money is part of the budget’s general fund. view article arw

A dozen students from Temple ISD toured the Temple Health and Bioscience District Thursday. Students had the opportunity to participate in real-life bioscience activities including the use of a 3-D printer, learning to pipette and examining cancer cells. Temple Health and Bioscience District says part of its mission is to foster bioscience education in the community to grow 21st century jobs. view article arw