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The Eanes ISD board of trustees voted to approve the allocation of a portion of the $80 million bond package to purchase new technology, according to district information. EISD surveyed four vendors before approving a $586,786 purchase from GTS Technology Solutions, a member of the Texas Department of Information Resources. view article arw

Today and tomorrow Amarillo ISD is bringing the latest classroom technology to area teachers. Teachers from across the panhandle are gathering at Caprock High School for the EdTechTeam Texas Panhandle Summit. view article arw

Ysve Balverde is eyeing a career in medicine some day, but she also believes having computer knowledge will only help in her future aspirations. “The fact that this is a growing field — that electronics and technology are growing — I feel like it’s necessary for [my] future to have a basic knowledge of computers,” the 16-year-old from Katy said. Before this week, she knew nothing about coding, but after attending the ninth biannual TEEX Cyber Innovation Camp in College Station, she has understanding of Python programming language and knows how to work various instruments with the Raspberry Pi computer. She and her project partner for the week — Veronica Riley, 13, of Caldwell — developed a motion-sensitive camera to be used in teens’ bedrooms to detect the presence of parents. Before camp, Balverde said she couldn’t imagine creating something like this. view article arw

Science labs at Louise ISD will be a topic of discussion at the next board of trustees regular meeting Monday. The number of students taking dual credit classes is growing, said Superintendent Garth Oliver. At the same time, the district’s science labs are in need of repair and lab equipment is needed for the dual credit biology course. view article arw

Poolville ISD board of trustees approved a contract for voice services and a one-time payment for installation of a new bell and PA system during their meeting on Thursday evening. Trustees approved a 36-month contract with the company Jive for phone services using a cloud-based system district-wide. The new service costs $13,273 up front and $1,365 monthly, Poolville ISD Superintendent Jimmie Dobbs said. view article arw

While many students spend the start of their summer vacation playing outside, about 100 students in DeSoto were back in the classroom. They attended the Best Buy's Geek Squad Academy at DeSoto High School, a summer camp that teaches students between the ages of 10 and 18 computer coding, digital music production, digital photography, and internet safety. "Traditional schooling is a lot of teacher-driven activities," said Andrae Rhyne, DeSoto's GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) Project Director, which brought the free camp to DeSoto. "This, the kids are learning they are in charge of their learning and it opens up a world of possibilities for them." view article arw

Amarillo I.S.D. will host a tech summit for teachers to experience the latest technology used to inspire and challenge students. On Tuesday, June 18 and Wednesday, June 19, educators from across the Panhandle will attend the EdTechTeam Texas Panhandle Summit at Caprock High School. view article arw

From seeing color separate through chromatography to copying fingerprints, a group of Seguin ISD students turned into young forensic scientists for the week as part one of the district’s MatCamps. A group of third, fourth and fifth graders took on several forensic lab activities for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Camp, led by Vogel Elementary fifth- grade teacher Emily Prochnow. view article arw

In Texas, high school football is king and the Houston area has some powerhouse programs. But students in our area may one day get the chance to put their schools on the map using their video game skills. view article arw

The Spring Hill Primary and Intermediate schools will be getting a total of 24 iPads for teachers to use in lessons. The Spring Hill ISD board of trustees at their Monday meeting approved using $11,052 in Title 1 funds to buy the tablet computers for the schools that serve prekindergarten through second grade and third through fifth grade, respectively. view article arw

Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, every Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD student in second through 12th grades will be issued a Chromebook, completing the final phase of the district’s technology plan. During a recent school board meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the purchase of 2,800 Chromebooks and 90 storage carts. According to a staff memo, the purchase will help the district further its goal to develop new and improved digital learning practices and to design new structures for classroom instruction that support a mobile device-equipped classroom. view article arw

A summer camp in Lubbock helps build skills in science, technology, engineering and math. Camp Invention is a STEM building program. The program encourages kids to build confidence, leadership and problem solving skills. Its hands on activities and game modules give kids a chance to collaborate with one another.  view article arw

How do you teach tech-savvy kids to safely navigate the digital world? In Germany, you bring in the teenagers. On a recent day, 18-year-old Chantal Hueben stood in front of a group of fifth-graders and asked them to brainstorm about the messaging program Whatsapp, which most are using to participate in a group chat for their class. They spoke about themes like cyberbullying and what material is OK to post. view article arw

Twenty years since its inception, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD’s (PSJA) Gifted and Talented Program hosted their first all-girls summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Camp. The GT camp, running from June 3-6 at Liberty Middle School, offers courses on coding, robotics, programming and flying drones. The girls, left to solve their daily mini challenges, watched in awe as their robots darted in a frenzy beneath them on a makeshift, hand-drawn maze. Just the day before they had received their first lesson in flying drones, the remnants of their exciting day still left above the roof of Liberty Middle School. view article arw

Interesting article - js - BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — High school biology teacher Kelly Chavis knew smartphones were a distraction in her class. But not even her students realized the psychological toll of their devices until an in-class experiment that, of course, was then spreading on social media. view article arw

Instead of snorkeling or playing video games, this summer dozens of Willis ISD students are working toward earning high school credit in middle school. That’s because beginning next school year, students will have the choice to take accelerated science at the middle school level. view article arw

After a 6-year-old saw pornographic images in class on his school-issued iPad, Eanes ISD announced big changes are coming to its technology security measures. In the past, the district has used security that blocks specific apps and websites selected by district leaders. Now, the district is switching to a more proactive approach. view article arw

A former Texas high school football player has developed a helmet to detect head injuries. Adrian Alamillo played football for his school in Corpus Christi until he was diagnosed with pediatric epilepsy. Doctors say it was caused by an undetected concussion.   view article arw

Texas A&M University was awarded a federal grant for more than $1 million Monday to address the ongoing shortage of elementary and middle school teachers in science, technology, engineering and math fields in Texas by the National Science Foundation. Texas A&M’s math department and its College of Education will enter into a five-year partnership with the Grand Prairie school district and other high-need districts. The goal, according to the National Science Foundation’s website, is to provide 37 new, certified math teachers for high-need elementary and middle schools in Texas. view article arw

McAllen ISD students are learning the logic of programming and programming skills during their summer break. It is part of the district's third annual CODEchella and CODEzilla coding camp. view article arw

A Midway ISD student won third place in an international science fair earlier this month for a project that aims to limit antibiotic resistance. Sophie Kearney, a junior at Midway High School, created a computer program that determines the efficacy of an antibiotic against the bacterial species patients have. It also measures the potential for resistance between the drug and the bacterial species. view article arw

It is one of parents' worst nightmare scenarios: Their child gets on the bus at school, but when it arrives at the bus stop home, they realize their child did not get off the bus when or where they were supposed to, and they have no idea where their child is. New technology being adopted by San Antonio ISD next school year will put those fears to rest, alerting parents when their child gets on or off the school bus, as well as if the bus is running on time. Devices installed on 200 district buses will allow parents to keep track of their childrens' travels in the palm of their hands. view article arw

A local school district is turning to new technology to allow parents to keep better track of their kids. Next year when San Antonio ISD students get on their school bus, they'll have the option to use the new Z-Pass system. Parents will then get a text message letting them know when and where their child got on or off the bus. view article arw

Graduating senior from King High School, 17-year-old Adrian Alamillo was not supposed to succeed. Alamillo's upbringing was anything but ideal, and he said kids like himself, usually end up on a tumultuous path. "I have not always had the family support and the circle that everyone else around me seems to have," Alamillo said. view article arw

The 3D printer in the engineering lab at Granbury High School is always humming as it spits out melted plastic to design specifications. A recent project is more than a class assignment. It's helping two puppies navigate their world.  view article arw

A school science project got super-sized in the town of Sunnyvale. Students used engineering and science skills to build small models for a house in a STEM class. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. At Sunnyvale Middle School, they were using Popsicle sticks to build structures designed using those STEM skills. view article arw

Five teams of high school entrepreneurs hope to finish the school year with a major payday, as they pitch their business ideas Friday for a chance to win $15,000 from a panel of judges, plus an additional $5,000 awarded by the audience. The third annual pitch competition at Westlake High School features groups formed in the school's business incubator, a class designed to challenge students to identify problems and come up with startup ideas to solve them. view article arw

A Robstown Elementary School just finished a new addition that caters toward kids with autism.  Robert Driscoll Elementary School now has a sensory room. The classroom is specially designed to create a unique learning environment.  It has bubble columns and a sensory wall.  And one side of the classroom looks like an indoor playground.  One parent says it’s already making a difference in her daughter’s life. view article arw

“Our average response time on a hot call here in town is about 3 minutes and 45 seconds,” said Eric Blanchard, Aransas Pass Chief of Police. In an emergency waiting for 9-1-1 to arrive can feel like an eternity, that’s why the Aransas Pass Police Department and Aransas pass ISD are teaming up to narrow response times. view article arw

When Serra Marquez, Macie McKee, and Aishi Guha first came up with an idea to create a much-needed alert system for locked-out students re-entering their high school engineering building, the girls had no intention of taking the result to competition. But that’s what they would eventually do, taking on and beating more than a dozen other teams in a statewide event where most of their opponents were boys. view article arw

An Austin mom is asking for Eanes ISD to remove iPads from some classrooms after her six-year-old son saw pornographic images in class on his district-issued iPad. First-grader Charlie Edwards googled search terms like "naked girl" and "sexy girls." In addition to pictures of scantily clad women, the search results also showed topless women. view article arw

San Antonio Independent School District parents will now have a better and faster way to track their students who ride the school bus. In August, the district will launch the Zonar Z-Pass System for students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The system is part of the school bus stop-arm cameras, which also provide Wi-Fi to students on the bus. Cesar Flores, transportation director for SAISD, said students simply swipe a badge when they’re on the bus. view article arw

A signing day of a different kind took place this week for some area graduating seniors who are pursuing futures in career and technical fields. The Connally ISD held its first ever Career and Technical Education or CTE signing day after the Texas Legislature passed a resolution recognizing the day as the CTE Letter of Intent Signing Day. view article arw

Socorro Independent School District Superintendent José Espinoza, Ed.D. earned two major awards this spring for his dedication to ensure all SISD students are prepared for the future. In January, Espinoza was named the 2018-19 Tech Savvy Superintendent by the Texas K12 CTO Council at the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Mid-Winter Conference in Austin. In March, he received the 2019 Sam Houston State University Distinguished Educator of the Year award. view article arw

Students at Longview ISD magnet schools will get new technology in their classrooms after trustees at a special meeting Tuesday approved $1 million in spending for the campuses. The magnet campuses include East Texas Montessori Prep Academy, Ware East Texas Montessori Academy, Forest Park Middle School, Longview High School and Ned E. Williams Elementary. view article arw