AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) have been advised of a current phishing email directed at teachers and school systems across the state. read more arw

About 100 Burkburnett and Iowa Park students experienced an up-close look Wednesday of the inner workings of Sheppard Air Force Base. The joint unit TX-20008 Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps visited the base as part of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiative of the Burkburnett Independent School District and Iowa Park Consolidated ISD. view article arw

The Brownsville Independent School District made good Wednesday on its promise to provide tablet computers to every fifth-grade student in the district. Superintendent Esperanza Zendejas and Philip T. Cowen of the BISD Board of Trustees distributed Kajeet tablet computers with access to thousands of electronic books and loaded with educational software to students at Champion Elementary School. The tablets are sold by Verizon and include free Internet access, a key part of completing homework assignments, Zendejas said. view article arw

Brownsville: Closing Digital Divide

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One local school district is trying to close the digital divide by distributing computer tablets to all fifth-grade students. Brownsville Independent School District is ensuring all students have access to technology tools, and scheduling meetings with parents and students to ensure they learn about the valuable educational resources found in each tablet. view article arw

Even though her home lacked power after Hurricane Irma swept through her coastal area, Savannah-Chatham County public schools Superintendent Ann Levett was still communicating directly with students, parents, and teachers.  Before the storm struck, Levett had charged backup batteries on hand—and backup batteries to those—for all her electronic devices. So even though the 35,000-student district schools were still closed Tuesday, Levett was using technology to communicate with her district community. view article arw

Children who are now 10 years old share a birth year with one of the most well-recognized and constantly improving pieces of technology: the iPhone. Apple announced the first iPhone in 2007, with newer models coming out every year, leading to the latest iteration, the iPhone X, announced Tuesday. Most of the children born that year have never experienced life without a smart phone, and it’s a conversation parents and teachers are having as they determine how to balance technology use at home and in the classroom in the digital age. view article arw

After a two-week delay because of Hurricane Harvey, 202 of the 284 schools in the Houston Independent School District will begin the school year on Monday, HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza announced in a press conference on Thursday afternoon. view article arw

Beaumont ISD will reopen on Wednesday

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Beaumont ISD students will return Wednesday, Sept. 13. the district announced. "All district employees will report on Tuesday, September 12. All campus leadership teams, central office staff, custodians, and maintenance departments should report to work for regularly scheduled hours on Monday, September 11," BISD said. view article arw

As the screens lit up, so did the faces of the students getting a feel for the new equipment.  “Things are going really good,” said Brandy Martinez, 17, a senior in Pat Guajardo’s audio-visual practicum class. The new Media Arts and Communications Academy has just opened in the old Memorial Middle School. The Harlingen school district spent the summer renovating the former school’s band hall. The structure now houses not only the audio-visual practicum but also the graphic design and illustration practicum. view article arw

SM Energy donated $10,000 to Big Spring ISD Tuesday night to fund the start-up costs for a robotics program at the Big Spring Junior High School. “We also partner with Texas Tech (University) with their robotics program, so hopefully we can encourage kids to got towards one of the collegiate routes,” Kate Noble of SM Energy told Big Spring ISD trustees. “What we are trying to do is we really hope it will take off in middle school and that we can share some for the elementary school and some for the next high school in the next few years.” view article arw

A two-man drone operating team from the McAllen ISD Police Dept. are en route to Houston to assist with Hurricane Harvey search and assessment efforts, according to a press release from McAllen ISD. The team will assist FEMA teams with search and rescue efforts plus damage assessments. The team packed provisions, including food and water, for three to four days. view article arw

A select group of Killeen ISD students from Eastern Hills Middle School and Harker Heights High School will step into the future each day, in the 2017-18 school year, through the STEM Program. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The STEM concept initially began at Shoemaker High School for students in grades nine through 12. The home for STEM was designated for Shoemaker when the four high schools began separate academic focuses. view article arw

Coppell ISD using apps to better communicate with parents view article arw

AISD school buses leave the district’s southwest terminal Wednesday morning with technology that is helping give a better idea of just how many people blow by buses when stop-arms are deployed. Roughly 22,000 Austin students are transported to and from school by bus each and every day. That’s a lot of kids to keep safe, especially when drivers keep ignoring stop-arms. view article arw

Tuesday was the second day of school in Odessa and the enrollment increased dramatically. More than 1,300 additional students signed up for school on Tuesday. In total, over 30,000 students were in class. view article arw

Nancy Garvey says there is a name for the newest round of kindergartners starting school. Coppell Independent School District's director of instructional technology calls them "digital native," meaning they've grown up knowing how to use phones and devices. "It's the reality of it and we have an opportunity here to use that to create the best curriculum possible," Garvey said. view article arw

A petition urging the Conroe Independent School District to provide bus service to all students despite distance is gaining some traction. Woodlands resident Matt Beasley, who also serves as chief of staff for Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack, started the petition on Change.orgSaturday. As of Sunday morning, the petition had 180 supporters. view article arw

A science project representing Bullard Independent School District made its way into space last week and is expected to be brought aboard the International Space Station on Wednesday. The SpaceX CRS-12 Mission 11, America, launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Monday, Aug. 14, carrying the experiment of 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

About 47,000 students at Alief Independent School District made their way back to school Wednesday for their first day. As the district celebrates its 100-year anniversary, it is also celebrating the start of several new programs and procedures. view article arw

Clarendon ISD has enrolled with STOPit, the leading technology platform for schools that deters and controls harmful or inappropriate conduct. STOPit empowers students with an easy app to safely and anonymously report anything of concern to school officials – from cyberbullying to threats of violence or self-harm. STOPit empowers students to stand up for themselves and others while giving our schools the insight we need to keep students safe. view article arw

Katy ISD’s buses added three new routes to their schedule Wednesday as Robert and Felice Bryant Elementary, Stockdick Junior High and Patricia E. Paetow High schools opened. Paetow High and Stockdick Junior High are located near the intersection of Stockdick School and Peek roads, while Bryant Elementary is the first KISD campus fully within Waller County, according to Superintendent Lance Hindt. view article arw

Career training is getting a jolt this fall with the start of a new electrician apprenticeship offered to junior and senior students at Spring Branch area high schools that will allow them to complete two of the four required years toward a professional journeyman's license, all before graduation. The program is a first of its kind in the state, according to education consultants working to blend resources from the school district, industry partners and grant funding to help improve opportunities for low-income students while filling a need in the state's economy for skilled workers. view article arw

The Pampa Independent School District is turning to technology to help students and staff report and prevent inappropriate behavior. Gov. Gregg Abbott signed into law Senate Bill 179 (David’s Law) it promises to have a major impact on the day-to-day operations of schools. A mobile app called “Stop-it” will allow people to report suspicious activity and help deter illegal activity from taking place. view article arw

A lot of new schools are opening in San Antonio as schools ramp up for the fall semester, but what may be the most innovative high school ever in the city, CAST Tech, opens classes today in the San Antonio ISD, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports. CAST Tech, the Center for Applied Science and Technology, is the brainchild of the school district and Tech Bloc, as the local tech industry hopes to swell the ranks of qualified workers by participating in a high school that will focus on tech subjects. view article arw

Parents of students attending Marshall ISD in 2017-2018 may begin registering their child for school beginning Monday. view article arw

When students return to their Plano ISD schools later this month, a number of them will receive new laptops as part of a district initiative to increase student access to district technology. The Plano ISD board of trustees on Tuesday approved a four-year plan to purchase a Google Chromebook for every student and teacher in the district—with extra laptops to spare—and upgrade desktop technology for teachers and staff. view article arw

Multiple schools in Texas have rolled out a new program that uses high-tech ID badges to make sure students actually get on the bus. The new badge system is called “Smart Tag”, which is designed to monitor exactly where and when students board or disembark on a bus. The device uses Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology and cloud-connect tablet computers that allow parents and schools to get real-time information via email. view article arw

STEM Training for Canyon ISD Kids

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The Canyon ISD Kids after school program will be receiving training from Diana Wehrell-Grabowski, Ph.D who specializes as a Science and STEM Education Consultant. Dr. Wehrell-Grabowski will be conducting workshops with Canyon ISD Kids Program Manager and her staff to implement opportunities to add programs that explore the world of science and STEM.  view article arw

School is still 19 days away for Ector County ISD. Teachers have been busy this summer making sure the upcoming school year will be as educational as possible. New technology their bringing into the classroom will benefit more than just the students. ECISD is rolling out District wide technology to support team building and collaboration. view article arw

Canyon ISD is giving high school students a chance to excel outside their normal classroom setting. Starting this school year, students from Randall, Canyon and Midway Alternative will go home with a Dell Chrome Book. view article arw

After a few bumps along the road and a couple of delayed launches, a team of four students from Bullard Independent School District will soon see their scientific experiment travel to the International Space Station. The team of BHS junior students Emmalie Ellis, Emma Rhyne, Valerie Vierkant, and Raelee Walker is hoping to have their experiment blast off and worked on about the ISS in zero gravity when SpaceX CRS-12 Mission 11, America, launches from Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Sunday, Aug. 13. view article arw

Copperas Cove ISD's technology staff attended a four-day Schoology-Next conference in Chicago, Illinois. They attended keynote presentations that provided a map of the future of Schoology desire to integrate with other web-based resources or organizations because of its utilization of industry interoperability standards. view article arw

The LISD school board has decided to dip into its unassigned fund balance to pay for iPad replacements for elementary and middle school students. Laredo Independent School District had largely used federal funds to pay for the devices but that revenue has since decreased. The district must now use its own money to replace the outdated iPads. LISD chief technology officer Miguel Munoa made adjustments to a plan that was presented early last week to the school board. He recommended that iPad replacements be concentrated at the elementary and middle schools. view article arw

Twenty-six East Texas area science teachers, along with representatives from Ana-Lab Corp., Region 7 Education Service Center, Eastman Chemical Company, and Flint Hills Resources, took part in a four-day workshop for STI – Science Teachers & Technology. This was the third year for the workshop, which was conducted Tuesday through Friday (July 18-21) and included visits to several East Texas industries and one landfill, according to Michelle Holyfield, event coordinator representing Eastman. Holyfield is Team Leader for Responsible Care and Compliance at Eastman. view article arw

Dr. Michelle Natinsky has a Ph.D. in school psychology from The University of Texas. She opened a private practice last fall in Northwest Austin and specializes in parent-child relationships. She offers private consultation sessions for parents seeking guidance on family-related matters. view article arw