The Spring Hill Primary and Intermediate schools will be getting a total of 24 iPads for teachers to use in lessons. The Spring Hill ISD board of trustees at their Monday meeting approved using $11,052 in Title 1 funds to buy the tablet computers for the schools that serve prekindergarten through second grade and third through fifth grade, respectively. view article arw

Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, every Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD student in second through 12th grades will be issued a Chromebook, completing the final phase of the district’s technology plan. During a recent school board meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the purchase of 2,800 Chromebooks and 90 storage carts. According to a staff memo, the purchase will help the district further its goal to develop new and improved digital learning practices and to design new structures for classroom instruction that support a mobile device-equipped classroom. view article arw

A summer camp in Lubbock helps build skills in science, technology, engineering and math. Camp Invention is a STEM building program. The program encourages kids to build confidence, leadership and problem solving skills. Its hands on activities and game modules give kids a chance to collaborate with one another.  view article arw

How do you teach tech-savvy kids to safely navigate the digital world? In Germany, you bring in the teenagers. On a recent day, 18-year-old Chantal Hueben stood in front of a group of fifth-graders and asked them to brainstorm about the messaging program Whatsapp, which most are using to participate in a group chat for their class. They spoke about themes like cyberbullying and what material is OK to post. view article arw

Twenty years since its inception, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD’s (PSJA) Gifted and Talented Program hosted their first all-girls summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Camp. The GT camp, running from June 3-6 at Liberty Middle School, offers courses on coding, robotics, programming and flying drones. The girls, left to solve their daily mini challenges, watched in awe as their robots darted in a frenzy beneath them on a makeshift, hand-drawn maze. Just the day before they had received their first lesson in flying drones, the remnants of their exciting day still left above the roof of Liberty Middle School. view article arw

Interesting article - js - BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — High school biology teacher Kelly Chavis knew smartphones were a distraction in her class. But not even her students realized the psychological toll of their devices until an in-class experiment that, of course, was then spreading on social media. view article arw

Instead of snorkeling or playing video games, this summer dozens of Willis ISD students are working toward earning high school credit in middle school. That’s because beginning next school year, students will have the choice to take accelerated science at the middle school level. view article arw

After a 6-year-old saw pornographic images in class on his school-issued iPad, Eanes ISD announced big changes are coming to its technology security measures. In the past, the district has used security that blocks specific apps and websites selected by district leaders. Now, the district is switching to a more proactive approach. view article arw

A former Texas high school football player has developed a helmet to detect head injuries. Adrian Alamillo played football for his school in Corpus Christi until he was diagnosed with pediatric epilepsy. Doctors say it was caused by an undetected concussion.   view article arw

Texas A&M University was awarded a federal grant for more than $1 million Monday to address the ongoing shortage of elementary and middle school teachers in science, technology, engineering and math fields in Texas by the National Science Foundation. Texas A&M’s math department and its College of Education will enter into a five-year partnership with the Grand Prairie school district and other high-need districts. The goal, according to the National Science Foundation’s website, is to provide 37 new, certified math teachers for high-need elementary and middle schools in Texas. view article arw

McAllen ISD students are learning the logic of programming and programming skills during their summer break. It is part of the district's third annual CODEchella and CODEzilla coding camp. view article arw

A Midway ISD student won third place in an international science fair earlier this month for a project that aims to limit antibiotic resistance. Sophie Kearney, a junior at Midway High School, created a computer program that determines the efficacy of an antibiotic against the bacterial species patients have. It also measures the potential for resistance between the drug and the bacterial species. view article arw

It is one of parents' worst nightmare scenarios: Their child gets on the bus at school, but when it arrives at the bus stop home, they realize their child did not get off the bus when or where they were supposed to, and they have no idea where their child is. New technology being adopted by San Antonio ISD next school year will put those fears to rest, alerting parents when their child gets on or off the school bus, as well as if the bus is running on time. Devices installed on 200 district buses will allow parents to keep track of their childrens' travels in the palm of their hands. view article arw

A local school district is turning to new technology to allow parents to keep better track of their kids. Next year when San Antonio ISD students get on their school bus, they'll have the option to use the new Z-Pass system. Parents will then get a text message letting them know when and where their child got on or off the bus. view article arw

Graduating senior from King High School, 17-year-old Adrian Alamillo was not supposed to succeed. Alamillo's upbringing was anything but ideal, and he said kids like himself, usually end up on a tumultuous path. "I have not always had the family support and the circle that everyone else around me seems to have," Alamillo said. view article arw

The 3D printer in the engineering lab at Granbury High School is always humming as it spits out melted plastic to design specifications. A recent project is more than a class assignment. It's helping two puppies navigate their world.  view article arw

A school science project got super-sized in the town of Sunnyvale. Students used engineering and science skills to build small models for a house in a STEM class. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. At Sunnyvale Middle School, they were using Popsicle sticks to build structures designed using those STEM skills. view article arw

Five teams of high school entrepreneurs hope to finish the school year with a major payday, as they pitch their business ideas Friday for a chance to win $15,000 from a panel of judges, plus an additional $5,000 awarded by the audience. The third annual pitch competition at Westlake High School features groups formed in the school's business incubator, a class designed to challenge students to identify problems and come up with startup ideas to solve them. view article arw

A Robstown Elementary School just finished a new addition that caters toward kids with autism.  Robert Driscoll Elementary School now has a sensory room. The classroom is specially designed to create a unique learning environment.  It has bubble columns and a sensory wall.  And one side of the classroom looks like an indoor playground.  One parent says it’s already making a difference in her daughter’s life. view article arw

“Our average response time on a hot call here in town is about 3 minutes and 45 seconds,” said Eric Blanchard, Aransas Pass Chief of Police. In an emergency waiting for 9-1-1 to arrive can feel like an eternity, that’s why the Aransas Pass Police Department and Aransas pass ISD are teaming up to narrow response times. view article arw

When Serra Marquez, Macie McKee, and Aishi Guha first came up with an idea to create a much-needed alert system for locked-out students re-entering their high school engineering building, the girls had no intention of taking the result to competition. But that’s what they would eventually do, taking on and beating more than a dozen other teams in a statewide event where most of their opponents were boys. view article arw

An Austin mom is asking for Eanes ISD to remove iPads from some classrooms after her six-year-old son saw pornographic images in class on his district-issued iPad. First-grader Charlie Edwards googled search terms like "naked girl" and "sexy girls." In addition to pictures of scantily clad women, the search results also showed topless women. view article arw

San Antonio Independent School District parents will now have a better and faster way to track their students who ride the school bus. In August, the district will launch the Zonar Z-Pass System for students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The system is part of the school bus stop-arm cameras, which also provide Wi-Fi to students on the bus. Cesar Flores, transportation director for SAISD, said students simply swipe a badge when they’re on the bus. view article arw

A signing day of a different kind took place this week for some area graduating seniors who are pursuing futures in career and technical fields. The Connally ISD held its first ever Career and Technical Education or CTE signing day after the Texas Legislature passed a resolution recognizing the day as the CTE Letter of Intent Signing Day. view article arw

Socorro Independent School District Superintendent José Espinoza, Ed.D. earned two major awards this spring for his dedication to ensure all SISD students are prepared for the future. In January, Espinoza was named the 2018-19 Tech Savvy Superintendent by the Texas K12 CTO Council at the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Mid-Winter Conference in Austin. In March, he received the 2019 Sam Houston State University Distinguished Educator of the Year award. view article arw

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