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Installing four cameras and a server to collect video from a life skills classroom at Henderson Middle School will cost HISD $11,300, superintendent Keith Boles told trustees during Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting. The cameras and recording device are needed after a parent requested installation, Boles said. Senate Bill 507, a law adopted in 2015 by Texas legislators, requires districts to make the installation if one parent asks, Boles said Tuesday. view article arw

Weslaco ISD students will have the opportunity on Thursday to speak to a NASA astronaut aboard the International Space Station. Arminda “Mindy” Muñoz, public information officer for the district, said on Monday that students will be making the “earth-to-space” call at around 11 a.m. for a 20-minute conversation scheduled to air live on NASA Television and on the agency’s website. According to a school district press release, Expedition 50 Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson will answer students’ questions from the Weslaco ISD Performing Arts Center at Central Middle School. view article arw

Tonight, the school board will make its final decision on the purchase of an ambulance simulator and the construction of two greenhouses. view article arw

Amarillo Independent School District is considering switching up the way its schools are connected via the internet to increase capacity for digital learning. view article arw

Mission Consolidated Independent School District board of trustee members are being asked to consider spending approximately $600,000 to place video and audio recording devices in some classrooms where students receive special education instruction with about a third of that amount already approved. In addition, board members are considering a proposal to put live video streaming on some district school buses. view article arw

SAN BENITO — Since it was first implemented years ago, the Career and Technology Program at San Benito High School appears to be a big success.  Over the years, the CTE program has expanded and created a multitude of other programs.  Enrollment in these programs has also increased with the expansion. view article arw

East Texas area school districts this month are taking time to recognize the accomplishments of their Career and Technology Education programs as part of February's national CTE month. view article arw

Late Wednesday Feb. 1, the Corsicana ISD Superintendent Dr. Diane Frost was alerted to an email that was sent from her school email account to another school district employee requesting personal information for employees in the district. The email response included 2016 employee names, social security numbers and earnings. Corsicana ISD quickly learned it was the latest victim of a data seeking scam. view article arw

When a parent selects a school option outside of regular public education, it could be because of programs the chosen school has, or it could be as simple as its location. Like most parents, Sandra Douglas says she wants the best for her child. Her daughter is now a sixth-grader at Harmony Science Academy. Harmony is a public charter school. view article arw

It's still a relatively new field — a relatively new approach to learning.” If you visit Matthew Strattman’s Temple High School chemistry classroom, you are unlikely to hear much lecturing. Instead, students sit around the room, at tables, on the floor, quietly completing their “homework” while Strattman is available to answer questions. Strattman is an early adopter of “flipped learning,” a teaching technique in which students are given the opportunity to watch a video of their instructor lecturing, usually on the internet, and then do their assignments in class the next day. After watching the lecture at home at their own pace, pausing and re-winding where necessary, students can bring any questions they have to class the next day, and can continue to ask the teacher questions as they finish their assignments. view article arw

Some of the brightest, young engineering minds in North Texas gathered in Dallas Saturday for the largest expo dedicated to science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the state. The Dallas Independent School District held its STEM Expo at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center that featured more than 150 exhibits and competitions. view article arw

Saying it’s important to keep students up to date on the latest technology Sharyland’s school board has approved the purchase off nearly 500 late model computers. In Jan. 24 the Sharyland ISD board members voted unanimously to approve the purchase of 480 chromeboxes to be used in all district elementary schools. According to District Technology Director David Culberson, the chrome boxes are personal computers that will be used to replace computer towers in elementary school classrooms at a fraction of the space and cost of a computer tower. view article arw

Nearly 1,700 former and current Belton ISD employees' personal information was compromised Friday. District officials said a targeted “spear phishing” email message had been sent to a Business Office employee requesting information. The email was sent in Belton ISD’s Superintendent Susan Kincannon’s name and the message requested copies of W-2’s, which includes all employees’ personal information. Information for current and former employees for the 2016 calendar year who had opted to receive printed W-2’s was attached and sent in a reply by the employee. view article arw

From Klein ISD: Klein ISD is excited to announce the first Girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Day on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Girls in grades 3-12 grade are invited to join the event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Klein ISD Multipurpose Center. view article arw

The Copperas Cove Independent School District responded to a search engine hack that affected more than 160 Cove businesses Tuesday. CCISD posted on its website Tuesday: “CCISD family: We want to inform you that the Google search engine that searches for CCISD and more than 160 other businesses in Copperas Cove has returned falsely submitted and inappropriate material which has been posted that in no way reflects the values or views of our school district.” view article arw

The accidental release of sensitive personnel data of nearly a thousand employees who work for the Mercedes Independent School District is a security breach that school administrators should not take lightly. How the W-2 forms for 950 workers were compromised is baffling, and inexcusable. Mercedes ISD Superintendent Dr. Daniel Treviño Jr. blamed the security lapse on an oversight and told the Mid-Valley Town Crier’s editor, Michael Rodriguez, that sensitive information within the documents — such as Social Security numbers and dates of birth — should now be considered compromised. view article arw

The Fort Bend Independent School District Board of Trustees approved attendance boundaries for three new elementary schools and a new middle school, as well as additional boundary modifications for several schools that will have increased capacity because of classroom additions. All changes, with the exception of campuses affected by the opening of Thornton Middle School, were approved Jan. 23 at the regular board meeting and will be implemented during the 2017-18 school year. view article arw

Local and federal authorities are investigating a breach of some 950 Mercedes school district employees’ personal information, Superintendent Dr. Daniel Treviño Jr. said Friday morning. Treviño blamed an oversight for the sharing of what’s believed to be every Mercedes ISD employee’s W2 forms with an “unknown email address” on Thursday. According to the superintendent, the sensitive information within the government documents — such as Social Security numbers and dates of birth — should now be considered comprised. view article arw

With students continuing to pour into the Alvin Independent School District at a rate of approximately 1,000 per school year, the district is working to construct six new schools in addition to a new district stadium/transportation complex. view article arw

School is a little noisier now than when Melissa Portwood started as a teacher in 1986. That's not the only change, she recalled. “We didn't have computers, not in the classroom. It was probably my fifth or sixth year when we got computers, and those were the old, dot-matrix ones,” said Portwood, the principal at Hardwick Elementary who has spent her 31-year education career in the Lubbock Independent School District. view article arw

If you were to ask Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, or Mark Zuckerberg’s Jarvis (aka Morgan Freeman) what legal issues often arise with the use of personal work phones, they would hopefully answer, “Public information requests, records retention, and security concerns.” If by chance 2017 technology has yet to discover the rugged frontier of education law, read on for a short synopsis of the common pitfalls of personal work phones.

A new Rockwall ISD website debuted Jan. 5, prior to the start of classes for the second semester of the 2016-2017 school year. Rockwall ISD Chief Communications Officer Renae Murphy said the new website was inspired by wanting to expand communication efforts. view article arw

Henderson Junior High students got quite the surprise last week when Stephenville ISD kicked off its iChampion iPad rollout. "We deployed a total of 525 iPads on the 11th and 12th," said SISD's Executive Director of Technology and Digital Learning Shelby Womack. "We will deploy an additional 30 on the 17th to those who were absent or out due to a basketball game." view article arw

Parents will have an opportunity to voice their opinions about a law that requires surveillance cameras in special education classrooms statewide. view article arw

At first, it was just a few Northside ISD staff members who went to the district's IT department, concerned about some random emails from strangers with attachments they were afraid to open. Back in August, school district officials thought maybe just a few NISD email accounts had been compromised but brought in a computer forensics team just to be sure, says district spokesman Barry Perez. As the team investigated, the problem kept ballooning. By last month, Perez says, the district had learned that personal information of some 23,000 current and former students and staff — like addresses and social security numbers — had been exposed during the security breach. view article arw

At first, it was just a few Northside ISD staff members who went to the district's IT department, concerned about some random emails from strangers with attachments they were afraid to open.  view article arw

The Northside Independent School District has sent letters to about 23,000 former and current students and employees regarding a security breach that might have put their personal information at risk. NISD spokesman Barry Perez said school district officials first got a hint about the trouble in August when it was discovered that someone hacked into the email accounts of some employees. An internal investigation later revealed that the breach might be more widespread, he said. view article arw

The personal information of thousands may have been compromised by a security breach in San Antonio’s largest school district, only it happened in August and the affected students and staffers are first learning about it now. Northside Independent School District Superintendent Brian Woods sent letters in late December to roughly 23,000 former and current students plus employees about a hack that might have put their personal online data at risk, KSAT reported. In the correspondence, Woods wrote the district “immediately took steps to secure the email accounts and launched an investigation to determine whether any sensitive information was accessed or acquired.” He also stated that Northside ISD reported the incident to the proper law enforcement agencies. view article arw

A data hack that occurred last summer could have compromised the personal information of almost 23,000 students and staff members at Northside Independent School District, district spokesman Barry Perez said Wednesday. view article arw

The personal information of nearly 23,000 former and current students and staff members at Northside Independent School District could have been comprised by a hacker who broke into email accounts last summer, school officials said Wednesday. view article arw

ECISD issues Twitter challenge

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The Ector County Independent School District Instructional Technology Department has issued a 30-day Twitter challenge to campuses, principals and teachers to try to get them comfortable with using it. view article arw

As many as 20 Anderson teachers have been using the Canvas digital instruction platform for about a year. On Tuesday, those teachers led initial training sessions on the learning management system, or LMS, at AHS for their colleagues employed at schools that make up the Anderson vertical team. These schools include Anderson High School, Murchison Middle School, as well as Doss, Davis, Pillow, Summitt and Hill Elementary schools. Beginning this month, the BLEND program will be piloted at each of these campuses. view article arw

It's the wave of the future. Almost every valley middle and high school, even some elementary schools, are getting into robotics these days. Competition can be fierce, to say the least. This is the annual TSA Robotics Competition. Most of our middle schools and elementary schools are here participating in a district event. That is, it is basically a qualifier for a larger event with the students competing with students from all over the valley. view article arw

There are more computer science jobs in Texas waiting to be filled than there are graduates to fill them each year. view article arw

Dallas ISD trustees took a first, cautious step during Wednesday's board meeting to begin the exploratory stages of becoming a "District of Innovation" - approving a strictly framed resolution by board president Dan Micciche to examine changing the district's start date and loosen requirements in hiring dual-credit and career and technical teachers. view article arw