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

Gonzalo Birrueta didn’t just like playing video games as a kid; he liked thinking about how they were made. In middle school, he’d experiment with coding, watching YouTube videos for help. But it was easy to lose motivation — he didn’t have many people he could talk to about coding in Quincy, a rural town of 7,000 perched above the Columbia River in Central Washington state. Computer science offerings have grown over the past 10 years, but rigorous courses can be hard to come by, especially in rural areas. While 58 percent of rural schools report teaching some type of computer science class, less than half of those actually teach coding, and only 8 percent offer an Advanced Placement option. view article arw

Weatherford ISD’s Community Education Department’s 2019 summer catalog will begin hitting mailboxes soon. The catalog includes all the summer camps and class offerings for youth and adults. Registrations are now open and a preview of the catalog can be found online at tiny.cc/o3v95y. The Kids Unite program offers a day camp daily throughout the summer from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Ikard Elementary. The camp begins June 3 and runs for eight weeks. Children, ages 5 to 14 years old, may register for just a week or all summer. Camp fee includes a T-shirt, field trips, breakfast, lunch, snacks and daily swimming, along with many other fun-filled activities planned for each week. view article arw

The Longview ISD board of trustees will discuss approval of expenditures for technology up to $1 million for the magnet campuses at a special meeting at noon Tuesday at the Education Support Center at 1301 E. Young St. view article arw

Many kids enjoy a day off from school, but Michael Rankin's family said the reason he's home is haunting. "I don't want it to be taken out on my child. I worry about his safety right now," said his mother, Gloria dela Garza-Rankin. Michael is autistic. His mother said she kept him home after a troublesome restraint at school. view article arw

Approximately 1,100 students missed school at San Marcos High Monday after a social media post incorrectly claimed that students had said they would bring guns to school on Monday, according to San Marcos CISD.  view article arw

Students in the El Paso Independent School District will soon be given the opportunity to have a doctor's appointment straight from their school nurse's office. Earlier this month, EPISD launched the largest virtual healthcare partnership in the state. Virtual Care for Kids started a new telemedicine program earlier this month with the district. view article arw

Military-connected students at four EPISD middle schools ventured to the Centennial Club on Fort Bliss last week for a lesson in technology and entrepreneurship taught by Microsoft trainers. Hornedo, Bassett, Ross and Richardson middle-school students spent Thursday at four different interactive sessions during the Youth Spark Military event on post. view article arw

Watson Technology Center for Math and Science first opened 63 years ago in the Garland Independent School District as Ferris Watson Elementary. In all those years, only nine principals have walked the halls. Over the last six decades, the school, now a STEM campus, has seen plenty of changes. They’re all digital, every student has a iPad, Chromebook or Macbook. view article arw

Online student registration for the 2019-2020 school year at the Victoria school district will begin May 8, according to a news release from the district. Current and new students who will attend a Victoria school district campus for the 2019-2020 school year must be registered using the online system, including those entering prekindergarten. Online registration is available in English and Spanish. view article arw

Corpus Christi Independent School District students showed off their digital skills Wednesday night in a unique multimedia showcase at Veterans Memorial High School. Students from kindergarten through high school seniors received awards for their work with everything from video game designing, website creating, and movie makers. view article arw

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD’s Technical Education and Career Center was selected as one of 100 schools nationwide to receive a $10,000 robotics grant from online retail giant Amazon through its Future Engineer program, according to an April announcement from Amazon’s public relations team. The Amazon Future Engineer program is designed to train and educate students from underserved and low-income communities to pursue careers in computer science, according to its website. view article arw

The world is an exciting playground for any four-year-old, but it can also be overwhelming. “[Chase] started off with us from the very beginning, he cried with us every day and now he’s just so excited to come in and learn,” said Mara Bland, Petroleum Museum Educational Director. Chase Johnson is a STEAM Sprouts pioneer at the Petroleum Museum. After some rough days, in the beginning, Chase blossomed in his classes. view article arw

The old expression “keep up the good work” is an appropriate description of the student staff at NHSTV, Northwest High School’s student-run television station. For a fourth consecutive year it has been named the best student-run live show in the Southwest Region by Student Television Network. NHSTV received the honor as part of the 2018-19 Broadcast Excellence Awards, where it competed against other high school stations from across Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas. view article arw

The core leadership of Little Elm ISD and Lewisville ISD found itself in Austin last week, vouching for more choice in public education. In a bill that Representative Jared Patterson (R-Frisco) has authored, schools in Texas are looking for more options when it comes to virtual learning. The piece of legislation Patterson has sponsored is dubbed House Bill 1921. The bill aims to tackle virtual education opportunities for students that are emotionally and physically unable to receive a full education in traditional settings. In 2007, the Texas Legislature established a virtual network equipped to “fully educate students.” After that, six full online schools were created, but a 2013 moratorium stopped the expansion from going any further. Due to the halt, these schools have created a “monopoly” on the industry which has limited choice for families and students, according to Patterson.  view article arw

Teachers in Sherman will have a new set of tools at their disposal when they return to the classroom following summer later this year. The Sherman Independent School District approved more than $3.3 million in spending for technology upgrades across the district Monday night. This upgrade of district technology marks the first full-scale technology replacement initiative by the district in nearly 12 years, district officials said. These changes, which started this spring, will be rolled out through the majority of 2019. “It is an aggressive schedule and frankly it is aggressive because frankly every day that goes by with technology you are missing out,” SISD Board President Tim Millerick said. view article arw

Fort Worth ISD is asking parents to help them combat social media threats made against its schools and students, the district says. Superintendent Kent P. Scribner wrote a message Monday to Fort Worth ISD parents to ask them to do their part to help stem threats made on social media. view article arw

The best student robotics teams from across the world will compete for the championship in Houston. The Space City is hosting the 28th annual FIRST Championship from Wednesday, April 17th through Saturday, April 20th.  The main competitions will happen inside the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston. Other activities will be held across the street from the GRB at Discovery Green and the final round and awards ceremony at Minute Maid Park. view article arw

Parents have been using apps and GPS devices to keep track of their kids for years, but now a local school district wants to prohibit parents from using one feature while their students are in school.= Lake Travis ISD's board will vote Wednesday on a policy change to prevent parents from using devices to listen in to their kids while they're at school. It's a legal issue, the district told KXAN. Parents who are discreetly listening in to their kids might also be listening in on other children, and in addition to raising privacy co view article arw

The app is called Whisper. And it's where you can talk anonymously and locate people by GPS. It's popular with teens. And it's the app a predator in DeSoto used to meet up and have sex with a 14-year-old girl last year. Serafin Sanchez Ruiz, 29, pleaded guilty last September to one count of enticement of a minor. view article arw

The Aledo ISD board of trustees heard an update at Monday’s regular meeting on the Future Ready Aledo technology plan. The plan includes purchasing additional devices for campuses while continuing to keep teaching and learning at the forefront. “We want to utilize technology to support what we’re doing in teaching and learning. We want to make sure we’re leveraging the technology we have and that we’re using it as an accelerant to learning,” AISD Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Amber Crissey said. view article arw

Recent school shootings have lead Katy ISD to re-think its security plan. And now the district is seeking $7 million for additional upgrades. “My son feels safe,” said Cinco Ranch Junior High mom Tiffany Smiley. But Smiley still supports a plan to secure things even more. “In this day and age, I don’t think you can be too safe or too careful,” Smiley said. view article arw

Huntington High School students made contact with the International Space Station Monday morning. This was the students’ second time attempting contact. The first attempt in February was hampered by technical difficulties — the students could hear the astronaut, but the astronaut couldn’t hear the students. view article arw

Students at a Fort Worth elementary school, students got the surprise of their lives Monday afternoon when they learned the Ellen DeGeneres Show is giving them a big donation. Como Elementary will receive $50,000 to go toward new technology and food. The school provides two free meals a day and sends food home over the weekends, because many students don't have enough to eat. view article arw

The Amarillo ISD school board votes unanimously to approve new technology for high school students. Ninth graders at Amarillo, Caprock, Palo Duro, and Tascosa high schools will have Chromebooks to use for schoolwork. view article arw

Mineola ISD has developed and released its own district mobile app for parents and community members to stay connected to news and school events, the school district announced. view article arw

Mesquite ISD recognized April’s Apple Corps honorees Monday night during the Mesquite ISD Board of Trustees meeting. This month’s Apple Corps recipients are Meg Curts of B.J. Smith Elementary and Rachelle Donovan of Hodges Elementary. Mesquite ISD’s Apple Corps program rewards excellence in teaching by honoring outstanding MISD teachers. Created in January 1990, this honorary program inducts two new teachers each month at the regular meeting of the district’s Board of Trustees. These educators are nominated by their peers and approved by administration. The elite group enjoys many forms of public recognition and appreciation each year. view article arw

Say the phrase "brick and mortar" and you immediately start to think of a store that may soon be out of business. But could the move to doing things online impact more than just retail shopping? One local school district has opened a campus online, letting students in middle and high school take classes at home. And unlike home schooling, parents don’t have to lead the way. view article arw

Students in the Bryan Independent School District are learning in some high-tech ways. Students in a sixth grade math class at Sam Rayburn Intermediate are leaning with augmented reality technology. They use iPads or phones to learn some of their coursework, and even watch videos from their teacher. view article arw

Lewisville ISD has achieved the highest e-book and e-audiobook school library and classroom circulation of any district in the U.S. in 2019. The district’s student reading app Sora, which can be used on phones, tablets and computers, combines convenience, ease of reading on the go and personalization of the reading experience. LISD incorporates both teacher-assigned and student-selected digital books, a move aimed at inspiring students to learn anytime, anywhere. “We were thrilled when we learned Lewisville ISD had the highest circulation in the nation,” said Robin Stout, LISD Media Services and Emerging Technologies administrator, in a news release. “Our students, teachers and librarians have been very pleased with the ease of use and student-friendly features in the Sora app. Some of the younger students race each other to earn badges within the app, and I have had numerous requests for more read-along titles.” view article arw

McAllen ISD adds CTE certificates

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The McAllen Independent School District will incorporate three new certificates to its Career Technical Education programs, with its first cohorts beginning in 2019. A local and state demand led the district to form the programs, said Diana Peña, career technical education coordinator. Students can register for forensic science technician, emergency medical technician and emergency dispatch technician classes. The school district will also partner with South Texas College to offer a continuing education certificate for the forensic science technician course. Data from the Texas Labor report and a national labor agency, along with growing interest within the student body, factored in the district’s decision, Peña said. view article arw

Bullying occurs everywhere, which is why the one CCISD police officer is making the rounds at elementary schools to talk about bullying and respect. The presentation aims to educate the students at an early age. This movement is set up to help students at Zavala elementary and other CCISD schools learn ways to stay safe and help end bullying. Corpus Christi ISD Police Sgt. Janelle Cantu started the “Bullyproof” project two years ago to help students recognize bullying and promote good decision making.   view article arw

Some Permian Basin students experiencing learning difficulties have moved away from the brick-and-mortar public schools to online public schools. One of these students, Whitney Pace, was diagnosed with Dyslexia around 6th grade. The Midland school she attended worked with her, giving her less but equal work to do in the classroom and also read tests aloud to the sixteen-year-old. view article arw

A group of students from Neal Elementary got to spend their Spring Break presenting science projects at a convention in New York. The tech-infused science projects are part of a $1 million National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research effort led by Texas A&M University visualization professor Francis Quek, called the Maker Movement. view article arw

Many of the Lee High Samurai Robotics team members have built together since they were designing in the LEGO league at 12 years old. Six years later, they are preparing to take their robot to the state and world championships — with the same adviser who taught them in junior high school. Samurai Robotics will be in Austin for the UIL 5A-6A state championship Thursday and Friday. Then, they will be in Houston April 17-20 for the 2019 FIRST Championship competing against teams from more than 70 countries. view article arw