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AUSTIN, Texas — A mother says her 6-year-old son used a school-issued iPad to look up explicit photos of women. It happened at Eanes Elementary last school year in March. Now, the program that allows kids to use an iPad in school is tightening up.   Meaghan Edwards says she got a phone call from son Charlie Edward's teacher at Eanes Elementary back in March, "just saying, 'It's an emergency. I need to talk to you right now,'" said Edwards. view article arw

About five months before 22 government entities in Texas were hit by a cyberattack that took their computer systems hostage, state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione gave his fellow lawmakers a sternly-worded warning that the state needs to be better prepared.  “We have to face the reality that we’re not currently developing the best practices necessary to protect the state’s data and confidential information,” the Southlake Republican said at a committee hearing in April. “By teaching our employees and contractors how to safeguard the delicate information they handle daily, we can take a solid step forward in minimizing the state’s cybersecurity risk.” view article arw

Many schools offer aviation programs but at Fort Worth ISD's Dunbar High School they're taking things to a new level. Day one in Mr. Magee's junior level aviation course wasn't exactly what these kids had in mind. "First day of school I thought would be easy going... I would just get through my classes read some syllabus," said student Matthew Viera. view article arw

Eanes ISD elementary school students will have significantly limited access to the internet on district-issued iPads as they head back to school Wednesday. The school district completely revamped what is available to its youngest students after a 6-year-old was able to view pornographic images just by searching for terms like “naked girl.” view article arw

As school starts, students as young as elementary school are going to class with cell phones - and internet access. That means there's a chance cyber bullies can target your child. Harlingen CISD is now working with the Department of Homeland Security to educate the community, and crack down on it. Researching school projects, staying connected with family. view article arw

23 Texas cities were targeted in a "coordinated ransomware attack"  Cybersecurity experts have been deployed by the state to assess the damage from a "coordinated ransomware attack" that struck 23 Texas cities on Friday, state officials said.  Investigators hadn't determined the origin of the attacks as of Friday evening and were still working to bring cities' systems back online, according to a news release from the Texas Department of Information Resources. The department believes, however, that the attacks came from a "single threat actor." On Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered a "Level 2 Escalated Response" to the attacks, one step below the Texas Division of Emergency Management's highest level of alert. The designation means the emergency is beyond the scope of local responders. view article arw

The new school year is underway at the Snyder Independent School District. However, like many other school districts in the State of Texas, Snyder High School is having trouble finding certified teachers in one major subject, said Snyder ISD Superintendent Dr. Eddie Bland. "Math was an area we had several people leave this year and we're trying our best to meet the needs of our students," said Bland. view article arw

Along with teaching at Wylie High School, Morris Goldade also supervises several robotics teams, which have qualified for state competitions. His curriculum revolves around problem solving and creativity, and one of his students even said after taking three years of robotics with Goldade, she decided to pursue a biomedical engineering degree to combine aspects of robotics with prosthetics. view article arw

Workers made a few last-minute adjustments Wednesday just before the brand-new Adams Junior High began its first school year. “I’m looking forward to meeting all my new teachers and the people I’m going to spend the rest of the year with,” one student told us. Olga Leonard Elementary School debuted, too. That’s where Kamali McCulloch’s 8 year-old son entered third grade. view article arw

Socorro ISD has already been taking some steps to keep students safe and focused on learning. Every school in the district except for one has a panic button installed within the building. However, by the end of the month the last school will have a button installed as well. The installations started last year. view article arw

Pearson, one of the largest publishers of print and digital textbooks, has revealed it has suffered a major data breach, reports the Wall Street Journal. Though news of the data breach is only going public today, the actual breach happened around November 2018 and the FBI notified the company about the cyberattack in March.  The breach affected more than 13,000 school and university accounts with some accounts containing information on hundreds of thousands of students at those institutions.  view article arw

Canyon ISD’s 2018 bond included using dark fiber for all schools in the district. They’re hoping to make internet easier to access and more reliable with technology and devices becoming essential tools in the classroom. view article arw

San Antonio ISD's first day of school is Monday and this year, the district has a new program called P-Tech. It's a free opportunity for high school students to get a head start if they want a career in the cyber world. view article arw

 About one-third of Katy Independent School District students ride the school bus during the school year. Just in time for the new school year, Katy ISD is launching an app that allows parents to track their child's bus whenever they want. view article arw

Steven Flato, Midland ISD swimming and diving head coach, has been verbally reprimanded following comments made by him on Facebook. According to screenshots, Flato made comments regarding the shooting that took place in El Paso over the weekend. Flato reportedly made the following comment captured in a screenshot: view article arw

Representatives of Red Oak ISD traveled to the Texas State Technical College Waco campus this past Thursday to see its technical programs firsthand and talk about future collaboration with TSTC. Red Oak TSTC provost Marcus Balch led the district’s delegation and said the visit was a way for staff from the school district and TSTC to learn more about each other’s missions. view article arw

The Victoria school district could see about $340,000 in energy savings during the coming five years after signing a contract with QuotEnergy, according to a news release. QuotEnergy, an energy advisory firm based in Austin, focuses on energy procurement, demand reduction and renewables. The company has worked with the district for several years and has delivered millions of dollars in energy cost savings through multiple contracts, according to the news release. view article arw

Safety on school campuses has become an issue of critical importance across the country and the Katy Independent School District is no different in that regard, district officials said while introducing their new anti-bully app. “It’s the job of everyone. It’s no longer just the chief of police and our officers,” said Ted Vierling, Katy ISD’s Assistant Superintendent for Operations. “Everybody’s got a piece of this.” view article arw

It is nothing new to most kids. Cary Fulgham, the digital learning coordinator for Lubbock ISD, said devices, such as iPads, are integrated into the classroom as early as pre-K. "In today's world, our kids come to us, and they've already experienced so much technology," Fulgham said. "Our pre-k classes will usually use it as an incentive or a station, so it's not primary in their lesson, because they need to do a whole lot of hands on activities." view article arw

Freshmen at San Antonio Independent School District's CAST Tech High School will be taught principles of user experience, a fairly new field in the technology world for which colleges worldwide are working to create degree programs. view article arw

High school sports fans in San Antonio’s largest school district will soon be able to buy tickets to varsity football and volleyball games without visiting a ticket office. Season tickets for the 2019 high school football season on sale Monday, August 5 and run through Sunday, Aug. 25. Tickets can be purchased online by going to ticketroar.com/nisd starting at midnight on Monday. The district said they are still accepting payments in person from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the NISD Athletic Office in the Northside Sports Gym, 8400 N. Loop 1604 W. view article arw

Authorities arrested a man from Richardson Thursday for allegedly using social media platforms to send threatening messages, according to The U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Texas. Following an investigation, authorities arrested 23-year-old Rahul Ramesh Joshi for threatening communications to injure another, which is a federal violation, officials said. view article arw

A new program in Santa Fe is helping kids who were affected by last year's school shooting stay connected during the summer.  The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston is offering the program, free of charge, at the Santa Fe Resiliency Center. In the heat of summer, Santa Fe students are smiling for the first time in a long time. Many realized they're not alone. view article arw

A Kilgore ISD employee recently attended a national conference for computer science teachers and her trip was fully funded by a Google scholarship. According to a KISD press release, Rachel Hooten, Instructional Technology Coordinator for KISD, attended Computer Science Teachers National Conference in Phoenix, Arizona July 7-10. view article arw

Gadsden ISD Superintendent Travis Dempsey appeared live in the studio Wednesday on the KFOX14 Morning News. view article arw

Officials with the Gadsden Independent School District said a ransomware attack was sent to the district and the ransomware managed to encrypt the district's servers and domain controllers, which affected computers. view article arw

All technology moves at lightening speed, which is why educators and parents know it’s important to be informed on the latest gadgets for children to learn and succeed in school. Travis Shahan, general manager of Best Buy in The Woodlands, said today’s students are using technology to interact with the world around them more and more every day. Teachers are aware of this and are putting that interest to use in the classroom. view article arw

Iola ISD will hold an Iola Science Camp from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, for kids in first through fifth grade. Proceeds from the camp, which costs $50 per camper, will be used to purchase science supplies for the high school science lab. Please make checks payable to Iola ISD. Payment is due on the first day of camp. Campers should bring a sack lunch each day to camp. Contact Krisha Goodney with any questions at kgoodney@iolaisd.net. The Third Annual Midnight Madness football event will kick off at 8 p.m. Sunday. The event, to support the 2019 Bulldogs, will feature tailgating, a silent auction, “Little Bulldogs” signups, meetings with coaches and players, cheerleaders, community fellowship and lots of fun. view article arw

Pasadena ISD is expanding a variety of programs for the coming school year, including those for computer science, welding and robotics, as well as the district’s Connect Personalized Learning initiative, which focuses on personalized coursework to help youths master both academics and life skills. “There’s going to be a computer science initiative at all six of our high schools, and we’re hiring a full-time robotics specialist,” Superintendent DeeAnn Powell said. view article arw

New and returning students in the Comal Independent School District for 2019-20 can begin online enrollments through the txConnect parent portal that began Monday. The portal provides parents and guardians web access to school-related information about their students – such as grades and attendance – and serves as the district’s online registration system. view article arw

Kilgore ISD will be implementing a new technology this semester aimed at improving efficiency and ease for parents picking up their kids at Kilgore Primary School. At Monday’s board meeting, trustees approved a budget amendment which covered the purchase of a CarRiderPro system, which “is designed to streamline the pickup process for elementary schools when students are released at the end of the school day”, according to the manufacturer’s website. view article arw

Katy ISD is unveiling a new anonymous reporting tool that will replace the district’s existing Bullying Tip Line application. Starting on the first day of classes, KISD students, teachers, staff and community members will be able to anonymously report bullying and potential criminal or violent activity at the district via SpeakUp, which will be an application and web form, said Ted Vierling, the KISD assistant superintendent for operations at the board of trustees’ July 29 work-study meeting. view article arw

A new program aims to pair a Chromebook computer or touchscreen device to every Carthage ISD student and teacher. School board members kicked off the districtwide initiative at their Monday meeting, approving the purchase Chromebooks from CDWG for $206,130. view article arw

On Thursday, the Lockhart Independent School District announced a change to its cellphone and electronics policy. Beginning this fall, students will be required to keep their phones powered off while at school, according to Superintendent Mark Estrada. view article arw

An Alabama school system is delaying the start of classes because of what officials describe as a malware attack on its computers. Houston County Superintendent David Sewell told a news conference Thursday that an apparent attack of the school system's servers has affected phones and computers in the southeast Alabama system. view article arw