Come Fall 2019, Sam Houston High School in San Antonio Independent School District will operate a new school-within-a-school focused on cybersecurity education.  Cyber P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) at Sam Houston High School will be the city's first P-TECH campus and aims to open with a class of 150 freshmen.  The P-TECH program is a national, industry-specific educational model the State Legislature approved for use in Texas schools in 2017. The model allows students to earn a high school diploma, associate degree, certifications, and obtain work-based training in specific career fields over a span of four to six years. view article arw

According to a study by MIT, women makeup almost 15 percent of the engineering workforce, and Pine Tree ISD is working to change that number.  They're holding their second annual "Girls in Technology" event. The two-day program includes hands-on activities for students grades three through 12.  view article arw

Pine Tree ISD upgrading phone system

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To improve communication between staff and parents, Pine Tree ISD is upgrading its telephone system, Technology Director Todd Yohn said Tuesday. “We’ve had some frustrations with parents and staff when they try to communicate,” he said. view article arw

Out of a desire to get involved in Odessa schools, top SouthWest Bank executives agreed over lunch with Interim Superintendent Jim Nelson to provide funds for Google Chromebooks at Crockett Middle School. An oversized check for $78,000 was presented Thursday in the school library. Among those on hand were Nelson, district officials, students, Principal Maribel Aranda, SouthWest Chief Operating Officer Chris Cole and CEO Dewey Bryant and other SouthWest staff members. view article arw

A cellphone App approved Monday by the Rusk ISD school board will provide students and faculty of five different campuses with security and protection at the touch of a button. “The most important component in dealing with a crisis situation is response time,” said Superintendent Grey Burton. “When we can reduce the time needed for notification and determining the location of an incident, it significantly maximizes everyone’s response time. view article arw

Two Georgetown ISD students were facing charges Wednesday after police said they posted a social media threat against East View High School. One of the students attended East View High School, while the other attended Georgetown High School. The schools are about three miles apart. view article arw

Technology has become part of everyday life at home, work and in school. As the industry continues to grow SAISD wants to make sure their students are prepared for the workforce. In 2019, SAISD will launch the P-TECH program, which stands for Pathways in Technology Early College High School. The four-year program will prepare students with the skills needed for careers in cybersecurity while earning college credits. view article arw

Belton ISD is introducing a new anti-bullying app for students. Belton ISD has begun using the new Anonymous Alerts Mobile Reporting system to give students a new way to report bullying and any other situations that could be dangerous to school administrators. view article arw

Laredo ISD teachers get new laptops

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Christmas came early for Laredo ISD teachers as they received new laptops. The district is providing about one-thousand teachers with a new state-of-the-art laptop. view article arw

n the next four years, there will be another pipeline of high school graduates with associate degrees in applied sciences slated to come out of the East Side in San Antonio. view article arw

A new program coming to Sam Houston High School will provide students with the opportunity to earn a high school diploma, an industry-specific degree and work-based training, San Antonio Independent School District announced Monday. The program, Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or P-Tech, will start with 150 students next fall and will focus on cybersecurity. Students will be able to earn an associates degree, as well as internships with Accenture. view article arw

The Belton Independent School District is introducing a new anti-bullying and safety reporting system to empower students, parents and community members to voice concerns to school officials. With the Anonymous Alerts system, the district community can engage in anonymous two-way communications with school officials about situations such as bullying, weapons, drug/alcohol usage, potential campus threats and more. Once reports are received, school officials can quickly investigate them and take appropriate action. view article arw

Almost 40 percent of Longview High School students left the campus Oct. 25 after news of a social media threat targeting the school began to circulate, according to data from Longview ISD.That number was even higher a day earlier at Kilgore High School, where Kilgore ISD reported almost 45 percent of students at that campus left early after a similar threat was made. view article arw

CITGO celebrates National STEM Day

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CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery celebrated National STEM Day on Thursday, at the Texas State Aqurium, with an interactive event where the STEM Teacher of the Year was also awarded. Students and educators who integrate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) into classrooms at area schools joined CITGO grant recipients from Del Mar College, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Texas A&M Kingsville, Garcia Elementary, Cunningham Middle School, Foy H. Moody High School, and West Oso ISD. view article arw

A nonprofit serving underprivileged students in New Orleans and Miami will bring a STEM initiative to the Killeen area for the first time. Dibia DREAM, in partnership with the Center for African-American Studies of Central Texas College, plans to engage more than 80 students Dec. 1, through STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — activities and recreation. The event, dubbed STEM Saturday, will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Marion J. and Alice W. Douse Community Center at 1002 Jefferis Ave. view article arw

Is the Era of Voice Texting Upon Us?

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Once upon a time, it was as stylish to hate voicemail as it is to hate Facebook. In the eyes of digital-savvy critics, spoken audio messages were an inconvenient ’80s relic with embarrassing conventions that dated baby boomers and repulsed millennials. The smartphone was a ubiquitous life accessory that gave society the gift of texting, a far more efficient form of communication. “Think of how long it takes to access your voicemail and listen to one of those long-winded messages,” read a 2013 “digital etiquette” column in The New York Times.  view article arw

The crisis in Texas public school funding is not an accident. It is by design and the politicians in office, right now, did it and/or support the results. (By @LYSNation) view article arw

Carthage ISD officials are applying for a $317,000 technology grant from the state to help replace network switches and other tech infrastructure throughout the district. view article arw

Lewisville ISD STEM Academy at Donald Elementary celebrated opening the district's first STEM Academy with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Oct. 26. The event featured a surprise video from the NASA Johnson Space Center's Acting Director Michael Hess and a performance by Donald drumming students. LISD Superintendent, Kevin Rogers; LISD Board President Angie Cox; Donald Principal Michelle Wooten; and Donald Student Council President Jack Wlazlowski all shared remarks. In addition, Wooten shared a special presentation of a star she purchased in the Orion Constellation to commemorate the beginning of their STEM journey. The star's coordinates are RA 5h37m1.59s dec -1°11'44.2". view article arw

The Gregory-Portland Independent School District is continuing its effort to enhance security on all seven of their school campuses. This week, the district rolled out a new way to anonymously report concerns or suspicious activity, and it's not just for students. The district went live with the new app called Anonymous Alerts this week, and anyone can use it -- even parents. view article arw

School science clubs aren’t just bubbles and beakers anymore. STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) has been the buzzword in education for years as employers work to fill the millions of jobs cropping up in those fields. But the push for more instruction in science and math began decades earlier. The “space race” sparked renewed interest in quantitative fields as Americans sprinted to beat the then-Soviet Union to the moon, but the excitement didn’t translate to test scores. In a 1982 New York Times article, President Ronald Reagan maligned the “deplorable” state of math and science education in the United States, saying it was “serious enough to compromise the nation’s future ability to develop and advance our traditional industrial base to compete in international marketplaces.’’ view article arw

For the second year in row, Ector County ISD has been accepted into the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program Mission 13 to the International Space Station. SSEP is designed as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education initiative, and gives students a chance to become researchers where they are able to design and propose real microgravity experiments to be conducted by an astronaut aboard the ISS. On Monday, at the ECISD administration building, judges from around the community will evaluate the submissions from campuses competing in the SSEP. Three winning scientific proposals will be submitted to a national selection committee assembled by National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE), which will select one flight experiment proposal to be sent to the ISS in 2019, a news release said. view article arw

Gregory-Portland Independent School District has a new system to allow the public to report suspicious activity, bullying or any other student-related issues to district administration officials and school staff. The Anonymous Alerts app allows for one or two-way, anonymous, encrypted communication between students, parents or community members and school district personnel. view article arw

Teacher awarded tablets for class

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Buddy West Elementary School fourth-grade writing teacher Rebecca Farrell received five tablets for her class as part of the Fuel Your School program. Farrell is one of the many local teachers who submitted a classroom project request on DonorsChoose.org to be funded by Fuel Your School. The tablets are worth $911.24, Principal Gisela Davila said in an email. During October, Chevron will donate $1, up to $200,000 per every eight gallons or more fill up at a participating Kent Kwik, Chevron or Texaco locations to help support public education at schools in Midland and Ector counties, a news release said. view article arw

It might look like an average school bus, but it's far from it. Every time a La Joya Independent School District student boards a bus, they'll have a library on wheels. The school district has installed thousands of QR codes for e-books inside buses carrying middle and high school students for instant access. "We have all these kids who stay after school and we want to make sure they have the opportunity to read and download on their phone the reading assignments so they can read, test—all those books are testable," said Alma D. Salinas, Library Services Director for La Joya I.S.D. view article arw

It’s not just another song and dance. It’s a real-world experience, a code Noe Longoria inserted into the computer to make a stick figure on a micro:bit stop dancing and make the buzzer start singing when the lights are too bright. “ It’s just amazing,” said Noe, 12, a seventh grader in Patty Galvan’s computer science class at Coakley Middle School. “ I’m coding it to tell it what to do,” said Noe as he shifted his cursor across the computer screen. view article arw

Daikin North America partnered with Cy-Fair ISD earlier this month for the inaugural National Manufacturing Day event at Daikin Texas Technology Park, 19001 Kermier Road, Waller. Chad Haddock, vice president of human resources, and Dhaval Shah, director of manufacturing, led the event. view article arw

It might have started as an online prank. But it was no laughing matter to West Oso Independent School District officials. Someone created a copy of the West Oso High School Facebook page, posting obscene messages on the site. Some of these posts on the bogus page included foul language about the school’s lunch. view article arw

On Wednesday, solar panels in a North Texas independent school district generated 584 kilowatt-hours of electricity -- enough to power an average apartmentfor 20 days. A graph allows visitors to track energy produced by the school district by the hour, month and year to see how solar energy production fluctuates over time. It's one of several interactive features on a new website, Energy Academy, recently launched by MP2 Energy, a Shell subsidiary. 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