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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

Students from across 20 Texas school districts joined forces on Saturday, Jan. 12 for the love of science and robots. The TCEA Robotic competition teaches kids life skills outside of the classroom while also helping students develop solutions to real-world problems. view article arw

Several talented Socorro ISD students worked together to participate in an out-of-this-world robotics competition on Saturday. "We work with students trying for what we call gracious professionalism," Advanced Academics Coordinator Stephanie Carrasco told KTSM. "We want them to work well together, develop teamwork together, and understand that it's not only about the competition, but the learning that is happening." view article arw

Through a collaborative partnership between the Ector County Independent School District Innovation Department and Texas Tech Health Sciences, ECISD students in Career and Technical Education health science courses have been given a unique opportunity to contribute to research in a placenta study. Dr. Natalia Schlabritz-Lutsevich is the principal investigator in the study that will fully characterize the placenta organ and its function. view article arw

Almost every school everywhere is doing something with coding and robotics. Educators are preparing students for careers in science and technology. At Williams High in Plano they’re taking things a step further and not just teaching coding but challenging students to design, program, and build their very own app about anything they want. Student Ian Shepley and his team chose to make a game. view article arw

Beginning in Fall 2019, a mobile STEM lab will start making its way around schools in the Killeen Independent School District. KISD has been working with a vendor to design the STEM lab which was approved by the school board Tuesday night. view article arw

Technology in the classroom is molding young minds to think in the future.  One student from Farias Elementary School is applying what he's learned towards assisting his school. What started out as an idea turned into an opportunity for Farias Elementary 5th grader Edgar Camacho to use his skills towards creating a tool that his school can take advantage of. view article arw

Fifth graders from three rural elementary schools here are now enjoying secure access to technology at home thanks to a $150,000 grant used to provide them with laptops and hotspots. About 200 fifth graders from the elementary schools Avila, Brewster and Hargill within the Edinburg school district were selected by district officials to receive Google Chromebooks and hotspots to take home. This was done in an effort to provide access in areas where internet coverage is not widely accessible and laptops might not fit the family’s budget. view article arw

Juliana Flores can already see an improvement in her reading. The fourth grader from Fort Concho Elementary is one of nine students at her school getting help with their reading through an online library. Students with a print disability, who struggle reading traditional print materials, at San Angelo ISD are introduced to Bookshare, an ebook library that offers thousands of books that can be adapted into different reading formats. view article arw

Knowing that her campus is going to get 300 Google Chromebooks in January makes Wilson & Young Medal of Honor Middle School Principal Yolanda Hernandez smile. With her school of 1,100 students and limited technology resources, Hernandez has been struggling to schedule time for students’ learning and testing. Students have been allowed to use their own devices, but the donation will give her school a break. Hernandez said the contribution will give her students a chance to use the laptops for research, homework, to work on creative projects, work collaboratively and explore careers. view article arw

Days following the Parkland massacre, in which 17 Florida students and teachers were shot to death by a former student, Bill Reynolds's phone was ringing off the hook in Clayton, Missouri.  Reynolds, a co-founder at emergency response app company CrisisGo, says that after a school shooting his company typically gets a "flurry" of inquiries. But after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, he described the inbound calls as a "deluge." view article arw

The Frisco ISD Board of Trustees on Monday approved two courses for the 2019-20 school year that are expected to attract students interested in technology and video games. A cybersecurity course will be available for 10th- through 12th-graders and will be a one-credit course. Katie Kordel, chief academic officer, said the program meets a growing need. view article arw

Venus ISD updates computer network

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The addition of another 38 network switches to the Venus ISD’s computer network will finish up a complete network overhaul/upgrade that began early in the summer. Antiquated equipment, along with insufficient capacity for future growth and network add-ons, spurred the district’s decision for the upgrade.   view article arw

Students at Dalhart High School socialize through social media daily. However, the school wants to increase face-to-face interactions in hopes of creating a more caring school culture. Inspired by Rachel’s Challenge, students and teachers came together to plan the Disconnect to Reconnect day. “So Rachel’s challenge, it comes from Rachel Scott who was one of the victims of columbine.” said President of Student Council at Dalhart High School Konnor White. “Our school has sort of taken that and making it part of us and so we do everything that we can to make students feel welcome and that they want to come here and that they can talk to people.” view article arw

Corsicana ISD buys SMART Tag system

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The Corsicana Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the purchase of the SmartTAG student transportation system Monday in the amount of $64,078.20. According to its website, the SMART Tag system is designed to ensure authorized ridership and help enhance the safety of students who utilize bus transportation. The SMART Tag enables monitoring of where and when students board or disembark a bus ensuring students only board their designated bus, increasing bus driver and parent/guardian awareness. Initial cost of the units will be funded by monies from the technology budget, recurring costs will be an annual transportation budget expenditure. view article arw

Big Spring trustees approved the purchase of 345 iPads and cases to be used in the classroom setting Thursday night when they met for their monthly meeting. The cost for the technology will run $170,173, according to Susan Bryant, Big Spring ISD Chief Financial Officer. The purchase will also include a three-year warranty for the devices. view article arw

McDade ISD middle school students traveled to Cape Canaveral, Florida, to launch their satellite they had designed and built. The students, teacher, administrators, and parents flew into Orlando on Monday, excited about the launch the next day. They discovered the launch was going to be delayed until Wednesday. The satellite was loaded aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS 16 Dragon Rocket on December 5 and headed toward the international space station. The rocket was loaded with the McDade Bulldog Satellite, other satellites and supplies for the International Space Station. Over 6000 pounds of supplies and satellites were launched. view article arw

The Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District recently hosted a Fall Technology Academy, focusing on how to use the cloud-based Microsoft Office 365 software. read more arw

From automated tractors to interactive zoo exhibits, students presented their ideas for the world of tomorrow at the Tyler ISD Robotics Showcase. The showcase was open to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. On Wednesday, students in the Griffin Elementary School Robotics Club made last-minute changes and preparations for the Thursday event.  The club was divided into two groups with second and third grades designing an interactive zoo and third and fourth grade designing a robot that could take on any challenge a farming and ranching operation would throw its way. view article arw

Johns Hopkins University says a website error stopped 18 sexual misconduct complaints filed online from reaching its Title IX office since 2016. The Baltimore Sun reports frustration is growing over how the Baltimore, Maryland-based school deals with such complaints. More than 100 students marched on campus Thursday to protest delays in school investigations. They're demanding quicker and more transparent probes into sexual abuse complaints. view article arw

It began with the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School in suburban Denver, when two students opened fire and killed 15 people, including themselves. The aftermath of the tragedy saw the debut of Safe2Tell, a tool that lets parents and students anonymously report information about potential school shootings and other violent threats. Safe2Tell is still in use today. But it began with a simple data point: In most school shootings, at least one person had information about the plans prior to the attack. view article arw

As companies such as Toyota Motor Corp. and Liberty Mutual Insurance continue moving to Collin County and companies such as Playful Corp. expand in McKinney, the need for qualified employees in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, field grows. Playful Corp., for example, began in McKinney with three employees. Five years later the gaming company has 70 full-time employees and in October moved into a 50,000-square-foot corporate headquarters in downtown McKinney, Playful Communications Director David Calkins said. view article arw

Robotics, Virtual Reality, and STEM ruled the day as WFISD students from six different schools showed-off technologies and programs that are funded by Title 1. The funding is for schools where a large percentage of students recieve free/reduce lunch to have supplement learning programs. at the Career Education Center. Title 1 funds are allocated to schools where 40% of students are from low-income homes. The funds are spent implementing programs such as google expedition, robotics and Virtual Reality. Students say that it better than learning from just textbooks. “It so much better to really see it, I know that it be really hard to for us to go to France or somewhere really exotic as a whole class so being able to see it and not just hear about it it helps me to learn and retain the information. especially when your looking at architecture,”said Raylee Darden. view article arw

Kids see the heroic side of careers on TV shows, like Dr. Gregory House solving medical mysteries and Olivia Benson fighting crime on “Law and Order SVU.” So where are the plots about filling holes in a company’s cyber defenses?  “It’s easy to see what it’s like to be a doctor or lawyer. You see that on TV. But I don’t think we see awareness about what it’s like to be in cybersecurity,” said Michelle Garcia, the magnet coordinator for Highlands High School in the San Antonio Independent School District. view article arw

Computer science and computer programming courses are on student and teachers’ wish lists at the El Campo middle and high schools for the 2019-2020 school year. The El Campo ISD board was asked to consider any new courses proposed for the next school year at its November meeting. El Campo Middle School would like to offer Computer Programming I while El Campo High School is looking to offer Fundamentals of Computer Science, Computer Science II and III in addition to a non-technology course in Medical Terminology. view article arw

More electronic devices have been put into the hands of Waxahachie ISD students to benefit them in the short and long haul of their education. The Texas Education Agency awarded the district a $100,000 grant in August to provide laptops and hotspots to low-socioeconomic students. Waxahachie ISD currently functions as a 1:3 ratio with one device per three students and Chromebooks are available for checkout on campuses. The device-lending program was implemented on all secondary Waxahachie campuses with an economic disadvantage rate of 35 percent or higher. view article arw

Last school year, a neuropsychologist was stationed on the sidelines at nearly every varsity football game in Frisco ISD. Efforts to help student athletes who suffer concussions have evolved since then, with more sports and more athletic departments in the district benefiting from the partnership with Baylor Scott & White Health System. The extra resources ensure that students get the treatment they need on and off the field. "It takes a village — you've got to have everybody on board," said Dr. James Sterling, medical director for the Baylor Scott & White Sports Concussion Program.  view article arw

Hutto High School robotics, also known as Roboco, is headed to Dallas to defend their state championship at the State UIL Competition. “Every year the pressure’s up,” said Ben Blok, Roboco build team manager. This year is no different. Roboco will have to prove they have what it takes to hold onto their title at the Boosting Engineering Science Technology, or BEST, competition. view article arw

The Brownsville Independent School District on Monday welcomed top officials from GameSalad, the computer game and digital media platform partnering with BISD to teach computer coding to middle school students across the district. BISD’s Career and Technical Education department is making the GameSalad software available to all middle school students this year as part of an effort to make coding part of the curriculum from elementary school to high school. view article arw

A pilot program aimed at creating tech-savvy entrepreneurs brought together more than 400 EPISD high-school students to give them a leg up on their road to success. The Success through Technology Education Foundation brought Techstars — a nationally known program that mentors and trains new entrepreneurs — to Bowie High School for a first of its kind high-school program. view article arw

FYI - GRETNA, NE (WOWT/CNN) - Schools in Gretna, Nebraska are using an electronic lunch program.  The program eliminates the need for students to punch in numbers by allowing kids to use their fingerprints to pay for their meals.  The school system says it prevents kids going without lunch by mis-entering their lunch card number.  Even so, one parent doesn’t like it. view article arw

On Wednesday, November 28, 2018, I'm looking forward to listening to James D. Turnage. The topic? Coding Activities for the Non-Techy Teacher. Learn how to create fun coding activities on high-interest topics like Star Wars, Minecraft, and even the characters from Disney's Frozen. Explore low or no-technology activities so can engage students both online and off! view article arw

The Harlingen School of Health Professions was the fourth high school in the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District to receive training on how drugs, alcohol, and distracted driving can lead to serious consequences. It’s all part of a program called Teens in the Driver Seat, an initiative under the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s Youth Transportation Safety Program. As part of this initiative, high school students participate in activities meant to teach them about traffic safety, as well as other risks such as distracted driving, speeding and alcohol and drug use. view article arw