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It is one thing for teachers and administrators to help the children who walk the campus halls, but to help a child you do not know in a state far from yours would seem entirely something else. It was the quick response from three administrators at Ashley Elementary School in the Frisco ISD that kept a student from Virginia from committing suicide that day.  view article arw

When Ben Dieter was approached by a teacher from Brownsboro ISD about finding a student to help build a device, he knew exactly who he could count on. “He’s very good at 3D modeling, which is exactly what this project was,” said Dieter, the engineering and architecture teacher at Chapel Hill High School. “So, when my boss asked me to find a person, I picked him right away.” view article arw

The defendants are members of a global collective of hackers known as Apophis Squad, indictment says. LOS ANGELES — Two computer hackers have been charged with sending false bomb and mass shooting threats to hundreds of schools in Britain and the United States, including dozens in southern California, according to a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday.  The defendants are members of the Apophis Squad, a worldwide collective of computer hackers intent on using the internet to sow chaos, the indictment says. view article arw

Cyber Safe - Cyber Bullying

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A San Antonio mother calls it a life without her youngest son. He died by suicide after suffering through months of Cyber Bullying.  Maurine Molak says losing her son is the worst thing that ever happened to her.  Now she is sharing the story as much as possible. Molak says, "I want to talk to parents and I want to share my story and tell them about the things I wish I had done differently." view article arw

Bethany Baldes and Gia Shepherd approached Bethany’s parents in Lobo Coliseum with big news Saturday afternoon at a student showcase designed to expose them to potential careers. “I got to hold a baby kangaroo,” Bethany told her mother, Andrea Baltes. “It was so neat.” view article arw

This month students from Huntington High School will have a rare opportunity to chat directly with the crew of the International Space Station. Seven students who have obtained their Amateur Radio or “ham” licenses from the Federal Communications Commission will participate in the event with astronauts in space. After submitting a proposal to Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), Huntington High was one of seven schools selected from around the country. view article arw

HUDSON — Several robotics teams from Hudson Middle School are heading to state after placing in the Texas Computer Education Association regional competition Jan. 26 in Bullard.  The Super Farmers group placed second in the intermediate inventions competition, and the Preventing Forest Fires group placed third. The ElectroNurse group placed third in the advanced inventions competition. The intermediate inventions competition is open to grades fourth through eighth. The advanced inventions competition is open to grades sixth through 12th.  Super Farmers is made up of sixth-graders Anna Hancock, Julian Bledsoe, Kenley Clifton and Eric Durham. view article arw

Jacksonville ISD is showcasing its newly renovated and expanded Career and Technology Education Facility at Jacksonville High School. Erin Reynolds is one of the health science technology teachers at Jacksonville High School. She says the lab is equipped to teach 11 health care careers. “They do hands-on skills, they learn about those careers just to see if that’s maybe something they want to do because. Everyone comes in wanting to be a nurse or a doctor but there’s so much more than that so we want to expose them to that," Reynolds said. view article arw

Carroll ISD will begin deploying iPads to help students from kindergarten to fourth grade learn, beginning August for the 2019-20 school year, according to a presentation given during the Feb. 4 school board meeting. Modern classrooms have access to more resources than previous decades, and this can include advanced technology, said Randy Stuart, CISD executive director for technology. These devices will be used to create a more active learning environment for students, providing them with easy access to up-to-date material on a wide range of topics. view article arw

Crosby ISD officials notified parents and staff that a ransomware virus has infiltrated the district’s IT system. The district’s IT Department discovered the ransomware virus around 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. A ransomware virus is a type of software that threatens to publish their victims data or block access unless a ransom is paid. view article arw

My friends and I often lament the fact that we weren't taught about money management in school. A few were taught about investing, saving, applying for mortgages, etc. by their parents, but some of us weren't so fortunate. A class giving us some idea of what to expect when we entered the workforce and were responsible for our own finances would have been incredibly beneficial. One Texas lawmaker is hoping to make it mandatory that such a class be taught in our state's high schools. view article arw

The Smith household – Rick Smith, his wife Dr. Abbie Smith, and their three young children – uses technology all the time. Because of that, Rick said it’s important to have conversations with his kids early and often about navigating the digital world.  “As a dad, I want to be able to prevent my son from being a cyberbully, and I want to help him navigate emotions when he is going to likely have to deal with that area of life at some point,” he said. view article arw

Tara Hartford recently presented Krum ISD’s use of safety applications before a statewide meeting of educators. Hartford, a science teacher at Krum High School, explained on Monday afternoon the district’s use of two phone applications at the request of students to address their three largest concerns: safety, drugs and mental illness. view article arw

Technology plays such a major role in our lives: from making phones calls to research on the internet, but that technology requires constant upgrades, which many times comes at big costs, especially when it needs to travel through an entire school district. "Currently, we have over 15,000 Chromebooks, roughly 6,000 desktop computers, 300 or 400 Macbook computers," WFISD Chief Technology Officer Shad McGaha said. Right now, all of those computers are connected across 21 sights across the district. In 2015, the WFISD starting planning what's known as a dark fiber initiative, meaning laying more fiber optic cable than needed and adding more sites. view article arw

Students in the Garland Independent School District can report problems anonymously with a new smartphone app. The school district has Anonymous Alerts set up on about 54,000 devices including iPads and Chromebooks throughout its schools. It’s also available as a smartphone app for parents and students to download. view article arw

Virginia-based technology company LGS Innovations is one step closer to standing up a 9,000-square-foot cybersecurity operations hub at Port San Antonio. City Council on Thursday approved $180,000 in economic development incentives, and the Bexar County Commissioners Court awarded LGS a grant on Tuesday from its Innovation Fund. With the County potentially paying out up to $50,000 for the jobs LGS Innovations is slated to create, the total incentive package could amount to $230,000. view article arw

Janelle Bence recently received the Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award, which recognizes exemplary K-12 teachers in Texas. Bence has been a teacher at New Tech @ Coppell since 2012 and she said being with her learners makes her smile every day. According the district, Bence brings awareness to the community and has a passion for other people. view article arw

High School students from across Texas and Oklahoma, some from as far away as Houston converged on Wichita Falls Saturday for the 2nd annual “Rumble in the Falls” robotics competition, hosted by the Iowa Park Independent School District. view article arw

It will be several years before any students from Lufkin Middle School sit down in a college classroom and learn the skills they will need for their future careers. However, they’re getting an early start Becky Walker’s class. Five months ago, Walker was one of the dozens of teachers across 10 campuses named as a recipient of LISD’s Prize Patrol grants. The grant serves as a bridge for teacher to invest in innovative learning projects that cannot be funded through the standard school district budget. view article arw

Students from Neal Elementary School and Jane Long Intermediate School in Bryan became the teachers Thursday afternoon as they traveled to Texas A&M to present projects developed through the Making the Maker program. The presentations are part of a new partnership between A&M and the Bryan school district through the newly established Texas A&M Institute of Technology-Infused Learning (TITIL) in the College of Architecture. Francis Quek, visualization professor and TITIL director, first approached Neal Elementary science teacher Rachael Murphy about the program about five years ago as a way to bring technology into the classroom. view article arw

The future of science, technology, engineering and mathmetics instruction for certain Denison students recently became a little brighter thanks to a new course designed to challenge their creativity and science skills. Teacher Elana Kinghorn teaches a LEGO Mindstorm Robotics class using robot kits to teach students how to combine ingenuity and creativity. The students learn how to program the robots using a computer before meticulously testing the robot to ensure it behaves according to the instructions. view article arw

More students than ever before might soon have a chance to study a classical language- and from the comfort of their own home. Katy ISD officials are developing an online Latin course, expanding a class that is currently taught at only one high school in the district. But it’s not the only course the district is creating. view article arw

Emily Meisel, media specialist at Hudson High School, was named one of three finalists for the Texas Computer Education Association’s Media Specialist competition.  Meisel and two other finalists were up against more than 100 nominations from schools across the state. The winner will be announced at the TCEA state convention on Feb. 5 in San Antonio. Nominations were based on a list of requirements, and instructional technology specialist Joan Ragland said Meisel does everything on the list. view article arw

The idea of the student-athlete is changing. A new scholarship sport at Concordia University Texas doesn't require any running or throwing. Instead, it puts the player behind a video game controller. "I've always loved video games. They've been a part of me," Cameron Hoffman, who has played video games since he was a kid, said. view article arw

The MdBio Foundation recently brought a hi-tech mobile laboratory to several Southeast Texas schools, teaching hurricane-impacted students about wildlife forensics, virtual reality and other STEM-related subjects by providing them with hands-on experience. As part of MdBio’s “Learning Undefeated” program, MdBio Education Outreach Coordinator Desurae Matthews and Education Outreach Fellow Zahra Shihabuddin visited local campuses hit hard by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. In December 2018, the MdBio crew visited students enrolled in the Woodrow Wilson Early College High School in Port Arthur and middle school students currently attending classes at the Vidor High School campus.  view article arw

As technology has changed over the years, residents now have their own computer in their hands they can use on a daily basis to contact family members, peruse social media or to stream movies and TV shows. Some reports suggest that mobile devices are becoming a distraction to students while in school, with many districts — including some in the United States — banning them from campuses. Local school officials said its cell phone policies differ from campus to campus. Over the summer, the French government passed a law banning cell phones in school, according to CNN, which came into effect at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year and impacts students in kindergarten through ninth grade. Some schools across the United States are enacting similar policies as a way to decrease distractions for students. view article arw

A typical adult will consult their screen 80 times a day, or 30,000 times a year.  Kids will check theirs more frequently. Fifteen years ago teachers did not have to contend with smart phones in the hands of pupils in classrooms during instruction time.  Today some of those teachers are pulling their hair out.  Others are finding cell phones a handy tool that enhances learning opportunities. view article arw

Families interested in sending their students to Fort Bend ISD’s James Reese Career and Technical Center can apply for enrollment for the 2019-20 school year through Feb. 5 at 3 p.m., according to a release from the district. The center, where historic human remains were discovered last February, is still slated to open this fall offering specialized, hands-on courses to prepare students for post-secondary college and career goals. FBISD sophomores, juniors and seniors may apply, and current seventh- and eighth-grade students may need to choose prerequisite courses at their home campus to be eligible to attend the Reese Center their sophomore through senior year in high school, the release said. view article arw

Clear Creek ISD announced in a press release Jan. 23 it will launch a new podcast, “Car Rider Line,” to communicate with the community. The first episode will be recorded live at noon Jan. 24. The biweekly podcast will cover a wide range of education news, district initiatives, achievements and conversations with district leaders and other guests. Episodes will be recorded live on Clear Creek ISD’s Facebook page, according to the release. view article arw

There’s a program for local schools through Texas Tech that brings Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) projects to local schools. The Center for the Integration of STEM Education and Research or CISER at Texas Tech University brings hands on and interactive projects to classrooms. It is called the CISER Traveling Lab program. Jill White is the Associate program director of STEM outreach at Tech. She says they bring everything to the teachers and schools. The supplies, materials, project worksheets and a teacher workbook is included in the tote. When the project is complete, they will pick up the tote as well. view article arw

Paperless. It’s the way of things these days, and Harlingen School of Health Professions is training its teachers — and students — to do just that through Google. “We have our teachers that are being trained in Google classroom,” said Principal Tina Garza. view article arw

Seguin police and the Seguin Independent School District are stressing the importance of parents warning their children about the dangers of sexting. On Wednesday, the A.J. Briesemeister Middle School held a parent night that included the act of sexting in the discussion. view article arw

Starting Jan. 28, Verizon Wireless customers will no longer receive text notifications from Remind, an app that more than 7 million educators, students and parents use to communicate for educational purposes, free of charge, according to the Remind website. view article arw

Facebook burst onto the scene about 15 years ago, and people have been sharing every tiny little detail about themselves ever since. Only in the last few years has an awareness developed that maybe we shouldn’t be sharing so much information about ourselves. In some cases, the damage is done. People have been hacked, have lost their jobs, and some have lost their lives because of a Facebook post. However, the number of active Facebook users continues to rise, now over 1 billion. Facebook doesn’t appear to be going away, so how can we navigate these seemingly uncharted waters? There are two main areas to look for when dealing with Facebook. The first is privacy. How much information are you putting on Facebook? Who gets to view that information? Is any of that information sensitive data? The second area is reputation. Are you posting that drunk photo of you at your friend’s bachelorette party? Will your employer see the picture you are about to post? Is what you are about to post going to endanger your job or your safety in any way? This world is about how to navigate Facebook in a world where everyone seems to be posting every little tiny detail about themselves. Facebook itself is not an evil. Like all tools, is how it is used that matters. view article arw

The Ector County ISD Board of Trustees met for their Tuesday meet where they reviewed academic achievement, worked toward new board goals, and approved a series of online courses for Permian High School and Odessa High School. Trustees voted 6-1 to approve six new online courses through Proximity Learning. Delma Abalos voted against the motion. This proposal will add four courses at Permian HS, including Algebra II, Advanced Placement English III, World History, and English I. view article arw