Winona ISD is bringing an innovation bus also know as 'Wildcat on Wheels,' to its students for the 2019-2020 school year. The bus offers WiFi for students and their parents.  "We wanted to be able to go to those areas in our district where we knew students might be at a higher level of economically disadvantage status," Winona ISD Superintendent Cody Mize said. "Where we can help them and just kinda be that extension of the school for them." view article arw

Teachers and aides from the La Vega Primary School Phil Bancale Campus learned how to use an innovative 3D program at a staff development training before classes began. The zSpace program provides applications for hands-on exploration, thanks to a 3D interactive experience that offers augmented reality and virtual reality for students. view article arw

The thoughtful use of technology has been a topic of frequent discussion at Eanes ISD following parent protests regarding the district’s iPad program. The objections to the program are in reaction to a first grader who was able to access lewd images while using the device. The district uses its iPad program to manage classrooms and further introduce learning materials, and the board of trustees continued the discussion on how to regulate the use of technology within the classroom during an Aug. 27 regular meeting. view article arw

Studies show nearly half of girls are not encouraged to study science, technology, engineering or math. "We are bound with some sort of bias and stereotype that women cannot do very well in mathematics and science," Magdalena Rakowska, who holds a Ph.D. in environmental engineering, said. She blames stereotypes, or even fear for the underrepresentation. view article arw

Classes are officially back in session, and most students in middle or high school have a cellphone, which can be a distraction. Parents in Spring Branch Independent School District are petitioning for a change in the district's cellphone policy in an effort to help limit those distractions. view article arw

River Road ISD high school teacher, Jennifer Garner was celebrated for being one of six finalist for teacher of the year. “We are so excited to have Miss Garner represent our district, she is just a phenomenal teacher. We’ve never had a representative from our district make it this far," said Board President Amanda Brown. "Miss Garner is just an outstanding representative because of the fact that she goes above and beyond every day.” While the school district is ecstatic over Garners accomplishment, they are also celebrating many other things, such as the advancements they’re making with their career and technical education programs. view article arw

To open up new opportunities for students with autism, the Ector County ISD Innovation and Special Education departments are purchasing virtual reality equipment. The virtual reality experience will include life skills, career and technology education, biology and anatomy among other subjects. Collaborators in this new initiative include Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in Odessa and possibly Microsoft Research in Seattle, Washington. view article arw

"There are many apps out there that parents can choose from. One that is used is the 'Bark' app, and it allows parents to monitor students’ social media use." view article arw

If you think it couldn’t happen here, it just did. That would be this week’s “ransomware” attack on 22 government entities in Texas, though apparently none in this region. The hackers demanded ransom payments to free up the computer systems or public data they had locked up. Some of the taxing entities have been able to work around the cyber strike, though some are still trying to figure out what they can do.  Apparently none have given in and paid the ransom, but in other places public officials have swallowed hard and made the payments. That’s a tough choice, but these attacks have no easy options. The city of Baltimore refused to pay $76,000 (in bitcoin, difficult to trace) in a similar attack but has racked up $18 million in losses and restoration costs. view article arw

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Across Texas, hundreds of school districts researched and either implemented or upgraded school safety measures as a result of the deadly Santa Fe High School shooting in May 2018. This year marks the second time the Texas School Safety Center hosted its School Safety Conference with a combined audience of 135 law enforcement agencies and school administrators from 176 districts. Previously, the center hosted separate conferences — one for school-based law enforcement in the summer and one for school administrators in the fall. view article arw

As some students are logging into online accounts to get a jump on work for the new school year, nearly one in five students will go to school without the technology to complete the same assignments. view article arw

Harleton ISD officials said early Thursday that law enforcement officials are investigating a threatening social media post online but that the school district was never directly mentioned in the post.  ”Harleton ISD was made aware of a threatening post on social media,” the district posted on Facebook Thursday morning. “The school was never mentioned in the post or directly threatened. That being said, we take every instance seriously. We have contacted all parties involved and law enforcement is investigating. The safety of students and staff is our top priority and we will continue to be diligent in that regard.” view article arw

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