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Students at Dalhart High School socialize through social media daily. However, the school wants to increase face-to-face interactions in hopes of creating a more caring school culture. Inspired by Rachel’s Challenge, students and teachers came together to plan the Disconnect to Reconnect day. “So Rachel’s challenge, it comes from Rachel Scott who was one of the victims of columbine.” said President of Student Council at Dalhart High School Konnor White. “Our school has sort of taken that and making it part of us and so we do everything that we can to make students feel welcome and that they want to come here and that they can talk to people.” view article arw

Corsicana ISD buys SMART Tag system

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The Corsicana Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the purchase of the SmartTAG student transportation system Monday in the amount of $64,078.20. According to its website, the SMART Tag system is designed to ensure authorized ridership and help enhance the safety of students who utilize bus transportation. The SMART Tag enables monitoring of where and when students board or disembark a bus ensuring students only board their designated bus, increasing bus driver and parent/guardian awareness. Initial cost of the units will be funded by monies from the technology budget, recurring costs will be an annual transportation budget expenditure. view article arw

Big Spring trustees approved the purchase of 345 iPads and cases to be used in the classroom setting Thursday night when they met for their monthly meeting. The cost for the technology will run $170,173, according to Susan Bryant, Big Spring ISD Chief Financial Officer. The purchase will also include a three-year warranty for the devices. view article arw

McDade ISD middle school students traveled to Cape Canaveral, Florida, to launch their satellite they had designed and built. The students, teacher, administrators, and parents flew into Orlando on Monday, excited about the launch the next day. They discovered the launch was going to be delayed until Wednesday. The satellite was loaded aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS 16 Dragon Rocket on December 5 and headed toward the international space station. The rocket was loaded with the McDade Bulldog Satellite, other satellites and supplies for the International Space Station. Over 6000 pounds of supplies and satellites were launched. view article arw

The Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District recently hosted a Fall Technology Academy, focusing on how to use the cloud-based Microsoft Office 365 software. read more arw

From automated tractors to interactive zoo exhibits, students presented their ideas for the world of tomorrow at the Tyler ISD Robotics Showcase. The showcase was open to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. On Wednesday, students in the Griffin Elementary School Robotics Club made last-minute changes and preparations for the Thursday event.  The club was divided into two groups with second and third grades designing an interactive zoo and third and fourth grade designing a robot that could take on any challenge a farming and ranching operation would throw its way. view article arw

Johns Hopkins University says a website error stopped 18 sexual misconduct complaints filed online from reaching its Title IX office since 2016. The Baltimore Sun reports frustration is growing over how the Baltimore, Maryland-based school deals with such complaints. More than 100 students marched on campus Thursday to protest delays in school investigations. They're demanding quicker and more transparent probes into sexual abuse complaints. view article arw

It began with the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School in suburban Denver, when two students opened fire and killed 15 people, including themselves. The aftermath of the tragedy saw the debut of Safe2Tell, a tool that lets parents and students anonymously report information about potential school shootings and other violent threats. Safe2Tell is still in use today. But it began with a simple data point: In most school shootings, at least one person had information about the plans prior to the attack. view article arw

As companies such as Toyota Motor Corp. and Liberty Mutual Insurance continue moving to Collin County and companies such as Playful Corp. expand in McKinney, the need for qualified employees in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, field grows. Playful Corp., for example, began in McKinney with three employees. Five years later the gaming company has 70 full-time employees and in October moved into a 50,000-square-foot corporate headquarters in downtown McKinney, Playful Communications Director David Calkins said. view article arw

Robotics, Virtual Reality, and STEM ruled the day as WFISD students from six different schools showed-off technologies and programs that are funded by Title 1. The funding is for schools where a large percentage of students recieve free/reduce lunch to have supplement learning programs. at the Career Education Center. Title 1 funds are allocated to schools where 40% of students are from low-income homes. The funds are spent implementing programs such as google expedition, robotics and Virtual Reality. Students say that it better than learning from just textbooks. “It so much better to really see it, I know that it be really hard to for us to go to France or somewhere really exotic as a whole class so being able to see it and not just hear about it it helps me to learn and retain the information. especially when your looking at architecture,”said Raylee Darden. view article arw

Kids see the heroic side of careers on TV shows, like Dr. Gregory House solving medical mysteries and Olivia Benson fighting crime on “Law and Order SVU.” So where are the plots about filling holes in a company’s cyber defenses?  “It’s easy to see what it’s like to be a doctor or lawyer. You see that on TV. But I don’t think we see awareness about what it’s like to be in cybersecurity,” said Michelle Garcia, the magnet coordinator for Highlands High School in the San Antonio Independent School District. view article arw

Computer science and computer programming courses are on student and teachers’ wish lists at the El Campo middle and high schools for the 2019-2020 school year. The El Campo ISD board was asked to consider any new courses proposed for the next school year at its November meeting. El Campo Middle School would like to offer Computer Programming I while El Campo High School is looking to offer Fundamentals of Computer Science, Computer Science II and III in addition to a non-technology course in Medical Terminology. view article arw

More electronic devices have been put into the hands of Waxahachie ISD students to benefit them in the short and long haul of their education. The Texas Education Agency awarded the district a $100,000 grant in August to provide laptops and hotspots to low-socioeconomic students. Waxahachie ISD currently functions as a 1:3 ratio with one device per three students and Chromebooks are available for checkout on campuses. The device-lending program was implemented on all secondary Waxahachie campuses with an economic disadvantage rate of 35 percent or higher. view article arw

Last school year, a neuropsychologist was stationed on the sidelines at nearly every varsity football game in Frisco ISD. Efforts to help student athletes who suffer concussions have evolved since then, with more sports and more athletic departments in the district benefiting from the partnership with Baylor Scott & White Health System. The extra resources ensure that students get the treatment they need on and off the field. "It takes a village — you've got to have everybody on board," said Dr. James Sterling, medical director for the Baylor Scott & White Sports Concussion Program.  view article arw

Hutto High School robotics, also known as Roboco, is headed to Dallas to defend their state championship at the State UIL Competition. “Every year the pressure’s up,” said Ben Blok, Roboco build team manager. This year is no different. Roboco will have to prove they have what it takes to hold onto their title at the Boosting Engineering Science Technology, or BEST, competition. view article arw

The Brownsville Independent School District on Monday welcomed top officials from GameSalad, the computer game and digital media platform partnering with BISD to teach computer coding to middle school students across the district. BISD’s Career and Technical Education department is making the GameSalad software available to all middle school students this year as part of an effort to make coding part of the curriculum from elementary school to high school. view article arw

A pilot program aimed at creating tech-savvy entrepreneurs brought together more than 400 EPISD high-school students to give them a leg up on their road to success. The Success through Technology Education Foundation brought Techstars — a nationally known program that mentors and trains new entrepreneurs — to Bowie High School for a first of its kind high-school program. view article arw

FYI - GRETNA, NE (WOWT/CNN) - Schools in Gretna, Nebraska are using an electronic lunch program.  The program eliminates the need for students to punch in numbers by allowing kids to use their fingerprints to pay for their meals.  The school system says it prevents kids going without lunch by mis-entering their lunch card number.  Even so, one parent doesn’t like it. view article arw

On Wednesday, November 28, 2018, I'm looking forward to listening to James D. Turnage. The topic? Coding Activities for the Non-Techy Teacher. Learn how to create fun coding activities on high-interest topics like Star Wars, Minecraft, and even the characters from Disney's Frozen. Explore low or no-technology activities so can engage students both online and off! view article arw

The Harlingen School of Health Professions was the fourth high school in the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District to receive training on how drugs, alcohol, and distracted driving can lead to serious consequences. It’s all part of a program called Teens in the Driver Seat, an initiative under the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s Youth Transportation Safety Program. As part of this initiative, high school students participate in activities meant to teach them about traffic safety, as well as other risks such as distracted driving, speeding and alcohol and drug use. view article arw

Come Fall 2019, Sam Houston High School in San Antonio Independent School District will operate a new school-within-a-school focused on cybersecurity education.  Cyber P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) at Sam Houston High School will be the city's first P-TECH campus and aims to open with a class of 150 freshmen.  The P-TECH program is a national, industry-specific educational model the State Legislature approved for use in Texas schools in 2017. The model allows students to earn a high school diploma, associate degree, certifications, and obtain work-based training in specific career fields over a span of four to six years. view article arw

According to a study by MIT, women makeup almost 15 percent of the engineering workforce, and Pine Tree ISD is working to change that number.  They're holding their second annual "Girls in Technology" event. The two-day program includes hands-on activities for students grades three through 12.  view article arw

Pine Tree ISD upgrading phone system

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To improve communication between staff and parents, Pine Tree ISD is upgrading its telephone system, Technology Director Todd Yohn said Tuesday. “We’ve had some frustrations with parents and staff when they try to communicate,” he said. view article arw

Out of a desire to get involved in Odessa schools, top SouthWest Bank executives agreed over lunch with Interim Superintendent Jim Nelson to provide funds for Google Chromebooks at Crockett Middle School. An oversized check for $78,000 was presented Thursday in the school library. Among those on hand were Nelson, district officials, students, Principal Maribel Aranda, SouthWest Chief Operating Officer Chris Cole and CEO Dewey Bryant and other SouthWest staff members. view article arw

A cellphone App approved Monday by the Rusk ISD school board will provide students and faculty of five different campuses with security and protection at the touch of a button. “The most important component in dealing with a crisis situation is response time,” said Superintendent Grey Burton. “When we can reduce the time needed for notification and determining the location of an incident, it significantly maximizes everyone’s response time. view article arw

Two Georgetown ISD students were facing charges Wednesday after police said they posted a social media threat against East View High School. One of the students attended East View High School, while the other attended Georgetown High School. The schools are about three miles apart. view article arw

Technology has become part of everyday life at home, work and in school. As the industry continues to grow SAISD wants to make sure their students are prepared for the workforce. In 2019, SAISD will launch the P-TECH program, which stands for Pathways in Technology Early College High School. The four-year program will prepare students with the skills needed for careers in cybersecurity while earning college credits. view article arw

Belton ISD is introducing a new anti-bullying app for students. Belton ISD has begun using the new Anonymous Alerts Mobile Reporting system to give students a new way to report bullying and any other situations that could be dangerous to school administrators. view article arw

Laredo ISD teachers get new laptops

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Christmas came early for Laredo ISD teachers as they received new laptops. The district is providing about one-thousand teachers with a new state-of-the-art laptop. view article arw

n the next four years, there will be another pipeline of high school graduates with associate degrees in applied sciences slated to come out of the East Side in San Antonio. view article arw

A new program coming to Sam Houston High School will provide students with the opportunity to earn a high school diploma, an industry-specific degree and work-based training, San Antonio Independent School District announced Monday. The program, Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or P-Tech, will start with 150 students next fall and will focus on cybersecurity. Students will be able to earn an associates degree, as well as internships with Accenture. view article arw

The Belton Independent School District is introducing a new anti-bullying and safety reporting system to empower students, parents and community members to voice concerns to school officials. With the Anonymous Alerts system, the district community can engage in anonymous two-way communications with school officials about situations such as bullying, weapons, drug/alcohol usage, potential campus threats and more. Once reports are received, school officials can quickly investigate them and take appropriate action. view article arw

Almost 40 percent of Longview High School students left the campus Oct. 25 after news of a social media threat targeting the school began to circulate, according to data from Longview ISD.That number was even higher a day earlier at Kilgore High School, where Kilgore ISD reported almost 45 percent of students at that campus left early after a similar threat was made. view article arw

CITGO celebrates National STEM Day

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CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery celebrated National STEM Day on Thursday, at the Texas State Aqurium, with an interactive event where the STEM Teacher of the Year was also awarded. Students and educators who integrate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) into classrooms at area schools joined CITGO grant recipients from Del Mar College, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Texas A&M Kingsville, Garcia Elementary, Cunningham Middle School, Foy H. Moody High School, and West Oso ISD. view article arw

A nonprofit serving underprivileged students in New Orleans and Miami will bring a STEM initiative to the Killeen area for the first time. Dibia DREAM, in partnership with the Center for African-American Studies of Central Texas College, plans to engage more than 80 students Dec. 1, through STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — activities and recreation. The event, dubbed STEM Saturday, will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Marion J. and Alice W. Douse Community Center at 1002 Jefferis Ave. view article arw