A Kilgore ISD employee recently attended a national conference for computer science teachers and her trip was fully funded by a Google scholarship. According to a KISD press release, Rachel Hooten, Instructional Technology Coordinator for KISD, attended Computer Science Teachers National Conference in Phoenix, Arizona July 7-10. view article arw

Gadsden ISD Superintendent Travis Dempsey appeared live in the studio Wednesday on the KFOX14 Morning News. view article arw

Officials with the Gadsden Independent School District said a ransomware attack was sent to the district and the ransomware managed to encrypt the district's servers and domain controllers, which affected computers. view article arw

All technology moves at lightening speed, which is why educators and parents know it’s important to be informed on the latest gadgets for children to learn and succeed in school. Travis Shahan, general manager of Best Buy in The Woodlands, said today’s students are using technology to interact with the world around them more and more every day. Teachers are aware of this and are putting that interest to use in the classroom. view article arw

Iola ISD will hold an Iola Science Camp from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, for kids in first through fifth grade. Proceeds from the camp, which costs $50 per camper, will be used to purchase science supplies for the high school science lab. Please make checks payable to Iola ISD. Payment is due on the first day of camp. Campers should bring a sack lunch each day to camp. Contact Krisha Goodney with any questions at kgoodney@iolaisd.net. The Third Annual Midnight Madness football event will kick off at 8 p.m. Sunday. The event, to support the 2019 Bulldogs, will feature tailgating, a silent auction, “Little Bulldogs” signups, meetings with coaches and players, cheerleaders, community fellowship and lots of fun. view article arw

Pasadena ISD is expanding a variety of programs for the coming school year, including those for computer science, welding and robotics, as well as the district’s Connect Personalized Learning initiative, which focuses on personalized coursework to help youths master both academics and life skills. “There’s going to be a computer science initiative at all six of our high schools, and we’re hiring a full-time robotics specialist,” Superintendent DeeAnn Powell said. view article arw

New and returning students in the Comal Independent School District for 2019-20 can begin online enrollments through the txConnect parent portal that began Monday. The portal provides parents and guardians web access to school-related information about their students – such as grades and attendance – and serves as the district’s online registration system. view article arw

Kilgore ISD will be implementing a new technology this semester aimed at improving efficiency and ease for parents picking up their kids at Kilgore Primary School. At Monday’s board meeting, trustees approved a budget amendment which covered the purchase of a CarRiderPro system, which “is designed to streamline the pickup process for elementary schools when students are released at the end of the school day”, according to the manufacturer’s website. view article arw

Katy ISD is unveiling a new anonymous reporting tool that will replace the district’s existing Bullying Tip Line application. Starting on the first day of classes, KISD students, teachers, staff and community members will be able to anonymously report bullying and potential criminal or violent activity at the district via SpeakUp, which will be an application and web form, said Ted Vierling, the KISD assistant superintendent for operations at the board of trustees’ July 29 work-study meeting. view article arw

A new program aims to pair a Chromebook computer or touchscreen device to every Carthage ISD student and teacher. School board members kicked off the districtwide initiative at their Monday meeting, approving the purchase Chromebooks from CDWG for $206,130. view article arw

On Thursday, the Lockhart Independent School District announced a change to its cellphone and electronics policy. Beginning this fall, students will be required to keep their phones powered off while at school, according to Superintendent Mark Estrada. view article arw

An Alabama school system is delaying the start of classes because of what officials describe as a malware attack on its computers. Houston County Superintendent David Sewell told a news conference Thursday that an apparent attack of the school system's servers has affected phones and computers in the southeast Alabama system. view article arw

In an effort to make their schools a more conducive learning environment for students, Lockart ISD announced a new cell phone and electronics policy Thursday and a fine for devices that have to be taken away. The policy will require all students to power down their cell phones and electronics during the school day. The district wanted to emphasize this is not a ban and that it recognizes the need for parents to be able to get in contact with their children. It said if a parent needs to reach a child, they should call the campus’ front office and a message will be delivered to the student. view article arw

Students from Moore Middle School in Tyler got the opportunity to build and test their own rockets Wednesday and Thursday as part of the school’s first-ever rocketry-based STEM summer camp. Thursday’s activities gave incoming 7th graders an explosive preview of what awaited them in the upcoming school year. view article arw

Carroll ISD will be implementing stronger policies for electronic devices in schools for the upcoming 2019-20 school year. It is part of an effort to streamline these rules, said Janet McDade, the assistant superintendent for student services, during the July 22 school board meeting. These will be included in each campus handbook and be part of the student handbook and code of conduct. view article arw

Most of us have to have internet access these days for work and for our homes. For those living in some rural areas reliable internet is still a problem. Now lawmakers in Texas are hoping to plug everyone in. 20 years ago, the internet was mainly a luxury but today it’s no longer just a source of entertainment. view article arw

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has issued an emergency declaration after malware attacks against three school systems in the state have been detected.  Edwards didn't provide details about the attacks affecting school systems in Sabine and Morehouse parishes and the City of Monroe.  view article arw

Socorro ISD holds conference showing educators how to implement digital tools in classroom. More than 3,500 educators of Socorro Independent School District are attending the Digitally Nurturing Academics technology conference Wednesday. view article arw

LeTourneau University School of Engineering and Engineering Technology will offer a workshop in which participants will create their own 3D printer to build three-dimensional objects from a computer-aided design model. The three-day workshop, similar to LETU freshman engineering classes that teach students to understand, build and operate 3D printers, costs $500 per printer. Groups can register together to build a 3D printer to share. view article arw

Robert Bostic, a self-described evangelist for science, technology, engineering and math, really started something when he became the superintendent of the Stafford Municipal School District in 2014. The Stafford High Robotics Program, which began two years ago, competed May 19-20 in Austin as one of 32 teams from the state invited to the 2017 University Interscholastic League Robotics FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Division State Championship based on the points it earned at earlier competitions. view article arw

A threat was made against Seven Lakes Junior High School via social media Thursday, officials said. view article arw

On March 11, 2016, the Texas Education Agency Commissioner of Education, Mike Morath, requested an opinion from the Texas Attorney General on the implementation of SB 507. This new law requires video surveillance of certain special education settings upon request beginning in the 2016-2017 school year. In an earlier blog post, I outlined the provisions of SB 507. view article arw

Schoolhouse bullying is nothing new. It has been going on for decades wherever someone bigger, tougher or meaner believed they could get away with abusing another child. And wherever it's happened, it has been harmful to the person being bullied in degrees ranging from intimidation and fear to causing children to commit suicide, or even murder. view article arw

School districts have been caught flat-footed in the last two years, facing an onslaught of digital textbook providers who follow no standard data file creation process. This problem is called "user provisioning," (a.k.a. account provisioning) a fancy way of saying that you have to create usernames and passwords in EVERY online system students and staff will need to use. view article arw

The Beaumont ISD Board of Managers appointed Fred Shafer as executive director of the district's special education department during a special meeting Monday, according to social media reports. view article arw

New Braunfels ISD Superintendent Randy Moczygemba is in Washington DC today, joining President Barack Obama for the "ConnectED to the Future" Event, a special conference including superintendents and other educators from across the country, who will lead their schools and districts in the transition to digital learning.  view article arw

While the staff at TexasISD.com preferrs Google Chrome as our browser of choice, we often use Mozilla Firefox as well.  We aren't huge fans of Microsoft Internet Explorer (MSIE) but the site works on it as well...as long as you are current in your versions, otherwise, well...it's just a mess. Most browsers have an update function and may even notify you that there are updates availible.  In some districts I have been to, the attitude is what I have works, why update. Well, what you have probably doesn't work that well and you just don't realize it. Take a second to check your browser version or look for updates if you haven't in a while. view article arw