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At the Oct. 16 San Angelo ISD board meeting, the proposal to add Wi-Fi to 28 school buses was unanimously approved. Wi-Fi will be made available for middle school and high school students. Charlyn Doyle, Director of Technology for San Angelo ISD, reported cost for converting 28 buses is as follows: view article arw

Ten years ago, three Bryan ISD faculty members had a vision to start a program that would inspire intermediate students to think outside the box. "Something new, never been done before, and I used to have to go to every elementary school, telling them about the program," said Naveen Cunha, a teacher at Stephen F. Austin Middle School. view article arw

Teachers at Spring ISD's Roberson Middle School received a shipment of new laptops Monday, and classrooms throughout the district are set to undergo similar technology upgrades as part of a district-wide initiative. New laptops will be delivered to teachers at most schools by the end of October — and nearly 6,000 Chromebooks will be provided for student use across the district's elementary schools — as part of the initiative to ensure students and educators are able to run the latest Windows operating system and software, according to a Spring ISD news release. view article arw

Frederick Douglass fifth-grader Joeleah Hudspeth made her robot talk, step forward, and march around. “You get to solve its problem and make it move,” she said. Classmate Alexis Luna had the robot walk and say “Hi.” view article arw

The Abilene Independent School District (AISD) is making strides in bringing innovation to classrooms by switching entirely to technology-based curriculum for math and science. This is something that will affect the 13,000 AISD kindergarten through 8th grade students. One Abilene teacher is already using her own method of technology teaching. We are getting a glimpse of what your child's education could like like this time next year view article arw

 As technology advances daily, educators like Tracie Simental, the Executive Director of Technology at Huntsville ISD, said they're becoming more concerned about their students' safety online. "Students are digitally connected and what we've noticed is that sometimes they aren't always making the best decisions and those decisions are now having a lasting impact," said Simental. view article arw

Five Irving schools got their hands on some new technology last Friday! That's right. Around 5,000 students and 500 teachers got free iPads with 24/7 internet access all thanks to Verizon's Innovative Learning grant! "We're excited," said the Director of Instructional Technology, Patricia Alvarado. "We wan to equip them with the tools that they need to learn in the 21st century. We want to connect them to learning 24/7." view article arw

Teachers at most Spring ISD schools will be receiving new laptops by the end of the month as part of a districtwide initiative to upgrade technology. Currently, laptops being used by teachers are an average of seven years old. Not only are the processors slow, but the machines are bulky compared to the latest models. (Want to get daily news updates and other events going on in your area? Sign up for the free The Woodlands Patch morning newsletter.) view article arw

The trouble for Foothill High started at 2 p.m. on a Tuesday afternoon last month. That's when a stream of profane and offensive messages started appearing on the official Twitter account of the 2,600-student school near Las Vegas. Among them: taunts about the school's "weak weak security system," a photo of a school administrator altered in a vulgar way, and anarchist images and messages. view article arw

No question advances in information technology have revolutionized how teachers help students in the classroom. But now it goes beyond the traditional four walls, outside what’s considered normal working hours, to help students late into the evening. In their quest to achieve “technology equity” for all students, Weatherford ISD - (WISD) has launched Kangaroo Wi-Fi Hopspots. view article arw

Among the beakers and petri dishes at the Southside High School lab room Monday morning was an ordinary-looking UPS box. But three ninth graders in white lab coats, two scientists, and U.S. Rep. Will Hurd gathered around it with fixed gazes. “I’m afraid something is going to jump out,” joked Hurd as Neco Jimenez, 14, started ripping open the box. view article arw

At Palo Alto College, our collective focus is to ensure our students have every resource to be successful throughout their educational journey and to be prepared for their futures after they graduate. Our students are the future workforce of San Antonio, and we know that as our city grows, our workforce demands will increase. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, occupations across the country grew by 10.5 percent over a six-year period — and more than 99 percent of those occupations require some type of education beyond high school.  view article arw

Although it was their first year competing in the Hispanic Engineering Science and Technology Robotics Day event, Jordan Garcia, Corina Ponce and Leslie Martinez of San Isidro Independent School District felt confident. It was a new experience that came with new friends, the team said of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley event that was held Thursday in Brownsville. view article arw

Jennifer Bergland’s contributions to education technology in Texas are nothing short of “huge,” according to her colleagues at the nonprofit Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA). Just this year, Bergland — who serves as director of government relations for TCEA — drafted a package of seven bills aimed at advancing digital learning in the state. Then she used grassroots efforts to garner support for those bills until state legislators passed them earlier this summer. This is a record number of bills implemented in the state at one time by any organization, said Lori Gracey, the nonprofit's executive director. view article arw

Temple High School Career and Technical Education, or CTE, program is one of the best in the state and they're celebrating that with a new, state of the art building. Thursday morning, Temple ISD and American Constructors "topped" off the new 113,000  square foot CTE building that will be complete next summer.  view article arw

Some Abilene Independent School District students could face a difficult school year in 2018-19 if a textbook problem isn't solved. The issue was brought to the attention of the district's school board Monday. They have months now to find a solution. There are several options. Abilene's problem stems from ambitions in technology that have not yet come to fruition. In a previous administration, before Superintendent David Young arrived, the district purchased an eight-year textbook plan for math and sciences. view article arw

Smartphone exchanges, social media, messaging apps and websites rendered students and their teachers at once disconnected and connected in the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.   Now, as the hardest-hit schools reopen, advocates of technology that has been growing ever more present in American classrooms say it will only become more important in aiding students scattered by the storms. This recovery, administrators say, has potential to demonstrate how much instruction can carry on outside school walls amid future natural disasters and other disruptions.    view article arw

The Ector County Independent School District Innovation Department is spreading the word to campuses about an app called Flipgrid, which is aimed at enhancing teaching and student engagement. Chief Innovation Officer Jason Osborne said Flipgrid is like an educational version of Snapchat, Twitter or Instagram. Students can create short videos where they can express their interest in a topic in science or a career and technology education subject, for example, get answers to their questions and comment on other students’ comments. view article arw

Smartphone exchanges, social media, messaging apps and websites rendered students and their teachers at once disconnected and connected in the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Now, as the hardest-hit schools reopen, advocates of technology that has been growing ever more present in American classrooms say it will only become more important in aiding students scattered by the storms. This recovery, administrators say, has potential to demonstrate how much instruction can carry on outside school walls amid future natural disasters and other disruptions. view article arw

Lindale ISD has announced the implementation of David's Law and an app to help curb bullying at in their district. The school district has put into place STOPit, a program used to anonymously report inappropriate behvior and bullying, among other offenses. Parents of Lindale ISD have been given a code from their student’s campus principal to use to login to STOPit. Once a student sends in a concern, a school administrator will be able to quickly respond to them and talk about the issue. view article arw

The GM Arlington Assembly will present $100,000 to community outreach programs offering STEM-focused educational initiatives. The grants will be presented at the Arlington Assembly plant during the company’s annual Community Grant corporate giving ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 5. “The rising generation is truly the future of our industry,” said Juan Carlos Jimenez, plant manager of GM Arlington Assembly, in a news release. “These community-focused grants are our way to invest in these young minds who are going to change the way our business runs in the future.”The grants will be used to provide financial assistance to students pursuing higher education and employment opportunities. view article arw

Before joining Mineral Wells ISD as technology director last October, David Oestreicher oversaw all networking and technological infrastructure for Seattle Public Schools in Washington state. Prior to his stint in the Evergreen State, Oestreicher served as director of Network and Technical Services for Lewisville ISD, a fast-growth district of more than 50,000 students in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. During his time in Lewisville ISD, the district won many awards for its use of technology to enhance learning. view article arw

You've never seen focus until you've watched a 7-year-old's eyes follow the exact trajectory of a marshmallow floating through the air. Hodge Elementary School first-grade teacher Paul Barnes has managed to capture the short attention spans of his class in the final hour of the school week with marshmallow catapults. But he's not the only one. Livier Alcala and her second-graders launched paper rockets across the classroom with the help of plastic straws. Sarah Cruz rolled out yoga mats and helped third-graders perfect their "downward dog." Some students choose to spend their Friday afternoons learning new card games, while others decide to shake it out with a new dance. view article arw

Reece Shelton's interest in robotics first bloomed when she tried to trick her parents into thinking she had gone to bed. "I wasn't sleepy and I wanted to do something, so I picked up a book, but my parents could see my light on and would come in and turn it off," said Shelton, a senior at Arlington Lamar High School. So she rigged up her own booklight with Legos, tape and a tiny flashlight and it worked. "I've just always been a builder," said Shelton, who this month will put her building skills to good use in fighting fires — of the simulated variety. view article arw

 Officials with the Splendora Independent School District say hackers have cracked their computer network and accessed the personal information of students. “Hackers have threatened a tiered escalation which could include direct messages to parents, students, and staff,” wrote an SISD statement to media and parents. “We do not know the exact information that they have but it could contain specific names and confidential information such as phone numbers and addresses.” view article arw

Splendora ISD says a cyber-attack has compromised information of families within the district and could potentially give rise to threatening messages made directly to parents, students and staff. The school district said it was first notified of the threat early Wednesday that is targeting confidential information such as phone numbers and addresses. view article arw

Ivanka Trump took her push for STEM and computer science on the road this week, kicking off a series of upcoming school visits. The first daughter and senior White House adviser visited Middleburg Community Charter School in Middleburg, Virginia, Wednesday, where she spoke at an assembly and participated in Minecraft coding with students. view article arw

Beaumont ISD's former auditor, who is accused of failing to detect deficiencies in the district's financial controls that allowed employees to steal millions of dollars, will return to an Austin courtroom Tuesday to defend his license. view article arw

It’s difficult to imagine there are corners of our country where people have no access to the internet. Rather than waiting for the internet to arrive in these communities, one school district in South Texas decided to take the internet to them. The World Wide Web is offered in a way it had not been offered to families in the La Joya school district ever before. view article arw

In just a month, Vernon Middle School's new app building course has already changed the minds of its students. "It really makes me think differently of what career I wanted, because I wanted to be an artist, but now I want to design games," said seventh-grader Dathan Treviño. Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District's Project Lead the Way computer science program aims to show students a new outlet of careers and problem solving by way of computer science. view article arw

On Saturday, September 9, 16 Dodd City JH/HS students participated in the 2017 BEST Robotics Kickoff at John Paul II High School in Plano, TX.  The Kickoff revealed this year’s theme as “Crossfire--Fire Search and Rescue.”  This is the first year for Dodd City ISD to offer a Robotics program both during and after school and the student interest has almost been overwhelming. view article arw

The Bullard Independent School District has shut down its Facebook page after it became unmanageable following a student's death. Monica Jo Bigham said she lost her 14-year-old son Dalton, a Bullard ISD student, to suicide after ongoing bullying at school. view article arw

In an abbreviated meeting Thursday, Plainview ISD trustees approved campus goals, the purchase of technology equipment and recognized local media. The regular open session at the trustees’ regular monthly meeting lasted about a half-hour before they moved into executive session to discuss personnel. No action was taken following the closed session. view article arw

Teachers at the ATLAS Academy at Tennyson Middle School are using drones in their lessons. It's part of a 6-week mini-course focused on researching, building and flying drones. Fifty students are part of the mini-course.  ATLAS Academy got 32 drones over the summer after receiving grants from Waco ISD Education Foundation and the Region 12 Technology Foundation. view article arw

The Decatur School Board Monday received a report on the district’s technology components. District Technology Director Troy Bagwell said his department now supports more than 3,500 users, more than 3,300 computing devices, wireless access points in every classroom, more than 300 telephones and more than seven miles of fiber optic cable. view article arw