When McAllen Mayor Jim Darling asked students at Thigpen-Zavala Elementary School in south McAllen if they had Wi-Fi at home, most raised their hands. Ann Vega, director of instructional technology and library services for McAllen ISD, said she doubts if this is the case. “Almost all raised their hands but I suspect they use their parents’ phones,” she said. “I did a survey probably about 2016 where I asked all of our students, out of the 20,000-plus we had. About 9,000 answered and it showed that we have about 36 percent of students that do not have Wi-Fi at home.” Vega said she asked students wit view article arw

The Ector County Independent School District approved a measure to use the VGo technology for students. The measure was approved unanimously by a vote of 7-0. view article arw

The Lancaster Independent School District is proud to announce that Lancaster High School student Jada Murray is the first district student to win the International Space Settlement Design Competition. Murray, along with her team of international peers from China, England, Australia, and India participated in this competition at the Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, Florida. The competition employs students to collaborate and develop a comprehensive international space community models and it is a culminating contest in a series of local, state and regional events. Several students attended the state competition, but Murray was the only Lancaster ISD student in the international contest this year. view article arw

Killeen ISD Schools board approved new STEM programs for all four high schools Tuesday evening. The STEM programs would be an expansion to the partnership KISD already has with Central Texas College. Students are already able to earn both high school and college credit through their dual enrollment program. Shoemaker High School already has a similar program in place, but KISD hopes the new agreement will able to help close to 1,000 students from all four high school. view article arw

STEM students learn at iFLY

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Students from Charles R. Drew Elementary in Crosby ISD made the trek across the region to learn about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) principles at iFLY in Katy. Students were participating in National STEM Day activities on Nov. 8. The observance is meant to inspire kids to explore and pursue their interests in STEM opportunities. The event at iFLY Houston, 9540 Katy Freeway, gave students a crash course in STEM-related activities. view article arw

Abilene High School sophomore Dylan Wright has long held a dream of being a firefighter. Now that his school is taking steps to get him through a firefighter training program, it might become reality. view article arw

Calhoun County school district is investigating a rumored threat that was made against several students at Travis Middle School on social media this week. Officials have found no weapons on the campus nor any hit list and no students were in danger, according to a statement posted on the district's website Friday. Additional false rumors cited threats of a possible shooting or violent act and that a shank was found. view article arw

On Saturday, the annual Women in Science Endeavors (WISE) workshops will take place at the Amarillo College Washington Street Campus. The workshops are for middle and high school girls and aim to engage girls in science, technology engineering and math in a fun and exciting way. The end goal is to drive the girls toward science and technology studies and careers. The activities will take place in the College Union Building (CUB), Warren Hall and the Science Lab Building at AC. view article arw

CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery celebrated National STEM Day on Nov. 8, with an interactive event and STEM Teacher of the Year award, presented at the CITGO Skyline Venue inside the Texas State Aquarium. Students and educators who integrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) into classrooms at area schools joined CITGO STEM Talent Pipeline grant recipients from Del Mar College and Foy H. Moody High School at a celebration organized for their benefit. Guests were encouraged to apply their STEM skills at interactive stations set up throughout the event. Activities included molecule-building, slime-making and other science experiments. view article arw

Spring ISD is replacing its older classroom technology with new computers as part of its $330 million bond. As part of the bond that voters approved last November, the district assigned new Dell laptops to teachers to replace older laptops that were on average seven years old. "Our goal from the very beginning when we did the referendum for the bond was to upgrade all the obsolete equipment," said Mark Miranda Spring ISD chief of operations. view article arw

Red Oak High School has recently renovated the health-sciences program by adding a virtual hospital to the program thanks to a grant awarded by the Texas Workforce Commission. The virtual hospital resides in the Career Technology and Education (CTE) building on the middle school campus where students learn hands-on and project-based career-oriented topics. CTE Director Lisa Menton said, “We try to offer industry certification so that they are very desirable when they leave to be employees.” The opportunities provided by the virtual hospital vary for the 400 students that go through the foundation courses, as well as, the select students who choose to peruse a health-sciences pathway upon graduating. view article arw

When Manor New Tech High School opened back in 2007, it drew a visit from then-President Obama, who touted its tech-forward teaching model as the future of public schools. Now, Manor Independent School District is applying that model to a new middle school. At first glance, Manor New Tech Middle School doesn’t look like most schools. For one, the cafeteria isn’t just a space for kids to eat lunch. It’s also a classroom – and a library. view article arw

Temple schools are trying to find effective ways to integrate technology into the classroom now that the district’s one-to-one initiative is complete. Assistant Superintendent Bobby Ott told the board of trustees Friday that the district wants to avoid replacing older teaching methods with new technology, instead using “blended learning,” a combination of online approaches and traditional methods.  Temple Independent School District funded an initiative to give every high school student a Chromebook through its Tax Ratification Election in 2013. The TRE also funded additional technology for lower grade levels. view article arw

Parents can now access the latest news and information about the La Feria school district in the palm of their hand.  With just a few simple swipes on the phone, parents and students are just clicks away from finding information about student progress or what’s happening at their school. The school district recently rolled out their first mobile application. The app is a direct link to the district website. It is free to download on the Apple or Google Play store. view article arw

In early 2016, a group of four Bullard High School freshman students were selected to send a science project into outer space. Now, the project has returned from its celestial visit and the team has been able to get a first glimpse of their findings with the help of a professor at the University of Texas at Tyler. The SpaceX CRS-12 Mission 11, America, launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Monday, Aug. 14, carrying the experiment of now-BHS junior students Emmalie Ellis, Emma Rhyne, Valerie Vierkant, and Raelee Walker, entitled Microgravity’s Effects on Solanum Tuberosum Resistance to Phytophthora Infestans. view article arw

A sizable Texas district is rolling out an initiative to embed computer science instruction in all of its elementary schools. Dallas Independent School District will be spending $4.4 million over the next three years to introduce coding, robotics, makerspaces and other computer science technology to more than 86,000 Pre-k–5 students in 156 elementary schools. According to reporting by the Dallas Morning News, the project was tested last year in a pilot at Frederick Douglass Elementary School, where teachers received training and access to curriculum developed by Code.org, a non-profit that works to instill computer science into K–12 classrooms.  view article arw

Little Elm ISD administrators say the district’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program has been successful, and now it’s time to expand it. Prestwick STEM Academy incorporates STEM initiatives in kindergarten through eighth grade, and LEISD offers engineering courses for its middle school and high school students. Now, the district is moving forward with a plan to incorporate STEM into its lower grades. Jennifer Bernabo, science coordinator for the district, said beginning in the 2018-19 school year fourth- and fifth-graders at every elementary campus LEISD services will be able to have a STEM experience. view article arw

Hurricane Harvey has faded from front-page newspaper headlines and the top of cable news, but for thousands of families, the chaos and dislocation are still very much top of mind. Luckily, some of them have been able to use technology to fill some basic needs in education and communication. view article arw

When Superintendent Steve Bradshaw first received a threatening text message in mid-September, he didn't know it was coming from a hacker trying to exploit his Montana school district.  But soon, students and other schools around Flathead County were receiving threatening messages, too. More than 30 schools in the district shutdown for three days.  "The messages weren't pleasant messages," Bradshaw said. "They were 'splatter kids' blood in the hallways,' and things like that."  The U.S. Department of Education is now warning teachers, parents, and K-12 education staff of a cyberthreat targeting school districts across the country. view article arw

While many Texas teenagers have their mind on Friday night football, one group of students was busy focusing on math and science. Some Lancaster Independent School District students were bust taking their skills from the classroom to the clouds. “This is the part that I wanted,” said Latron Perkins as he watched a bright blue and yellow plane prepare to take off. There was a lot of anxious excitement around Lancaster Regional Airport. view article arw

Parents whose students were part of the Killeen Independent School District’s special education program marked it as a victory when the district installed and activated cameras in four special education classrooms during the 2016-2017 school year. That victory may have been short-lived. view article arw

Out of a desire to get students in her principles of technology class more engaged, Odessa High School teacher Rowena Dolino has resorted to Twitter. Dolino, who is from the Philippines, has been teaching for 23 years. This is her second year with Ector County Independent School District. She taught in the Philippines, a reservation in Window Rock, Ariz., and Gallup, N.M., before arriving in Odessa. view article arw

At the Oct. 16 San Angelo ISD board meeting, the proposal to add Wi-Fi to 28 school buses was unanimously approved. Wi-Fi will be made available for middle school and high school students. Charlyn Doyle, Director of Technology for San Angelo ISD, reported cost for converting 28 buses is as follows: view article arw

Ten years ago, three Bryan ISD faculty members had a vision to start a program that would inspire intermediate students to think outside the box. "Something new, never been done before, and I used to have to go to every elementary school, telling them about the program," said Naveen Cunha, a teacher at Stephen F. Austin Middle School. view article arw

Teachers at Spring ISD's Roberson Middle School received a shipment of new laptops Monday, and classrooms throughout the district are set to undergo similar technology upgrades as part of a district-wide initiative. New laptops will be delivered to teachers at most schools by the end of October — and nearly 6,000 Chromebooks will be provided for student use across the district's elementary schools — as part of the initiative to ensure students and educators are able to run the latest Windows operating system and software, according to a Spring ISD news release. view article arw

Frederick Douglass fifth-grader Joeleah Hudspeth made her robot talk, step forward, and march around. “You get to solve its problem and make it move,” she said. Classmate Alexis Luna had the robot walk and say “Hi.” view article arw

The Abilene Independent School District (AISD) is making strides in bringing innovation to classrooms by switching entirely to technology-based curriculum for math and science. This is something that will affect the 13,000 AISD kindergarten through 8th grade students. One Abilene teacher is already using her own method of technology teaching. We are getting a glimpse of what your child's education could like like this time next year view article arw

 As technology advances daily, educators like Tracie Simental, the Executive Director of Technology at Huntsville ISD, said they're becoming more concerned about their students' safety online. "Students are digitally connected and what we've noticed is that sometimes they aren't always making the best decisions and those decisions are now having a lasting impact," said Simental. view article arw

Five Irving schools got their hands on some new technology last Friday! That's right. Around 5,000 students and 500 teachers got free iPads with 24/7 internet access all thanks to Verizon's Innovative Learning grant! "We're excited," said the Director of Instructional Technology, Patricia Alvarado. "We wan to equip them with the tools that they need to learn in the 21st century. We want to connect them to learning 24/7." view article arw

Teachers at most Spring ISD schools will be receiving new laptops by the end of the month as part of a districtwide initiative to upgrade technology. Currently, laptops being used by teachers are an average of seven years old. Not only are the processors slow, but the machines are bulky compared to the latest models. (Want to get daily news updates and other events going on in your area? Sign up for the free The Woodlands Patch morning newsletter.) view article arw

The trouble for Foothill High started at 2 p.m. on a Tuesday afternoon last month. That's when a stream of profane and offensive messages started appearing on the official Twitter account of the 2,600-student school near Las Vegas. Among them: taunts about the school's "weak weak security system," a photo of a school administrator altered in a vulgar way, and anarchist images and messages. view article arw

No question advances in information technology have revolutionized how teachers help students in the classroom. But now it goes beyond the traditional four walls, outside what’s considered normal working hours, to help students late into the evening. In their quest to achieve “technology equity” for all students, Weatherford ISD - (WISD) has launched Kangaroo Wi-Fi Hopspots. view article arw

Among the beakers and petri dishes at the Southside High School lab room Monday morning was an ordinary-looking UPS box. But three ninth graders in white lab coats, two scientists, and U.S. Rep. Will Hurd gathered around it with fixed gazes. “I’m afraid something is going to jump out,” joked Hurd as Neco Jimenez, 14, started ripping open the box. view article arw

At Palo Alto College, our collective focus is to ensure our students have every resource to be successful throughout their educational journey and to be prepared for their futures after they graduate. Our students are the future workforce of San Antonio, and we know that as our city grows, our workforce demands will increase. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, occupations across the country grew by 10.5 percent over a six-year period — and more than 99 percent of those occupations require some type of education beyond high school.  view article arw

Although it was their first year competing in the Hispanic Engineering Science and Technology Robotics Day event, Jordan Garcia, Corina Ponce and Leslie Martinez of San Isidro Independent School District felt confident. It was a new experience that came with new friends, the team said of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley event that was held Thursday in Brownsville. view article arw