What's the first step of learning?

Paying attention.

Which may be hard for students to do when they're constantly peeking at their phones. So, as the adage goes: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

One app that teachers are embracing is Snapchat. That's the one where you send a video or picture, and then it disappears 10 seconds after you open it.

Statewide Testing Changes Begin This Week

Mar 28, 2016
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There will be some changes for thousands of Texas public school children as they settle in this week to take the state’s standardized STAAR tests.

Ken Yeh is the director of technology at Ontario Christian Schools, a private K-12 school near Los Angeles with about 100 children per grade. Three years ago, the school began buying Google Chromebook laptops for every student in middle and high school.

The students would be allowed to take them home. Yeh says parents "were concerned" about what they might be used for, especially outside of school.

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While the President may have kicked off this year’s South by Southwest festival, First Lady Michelle Obama was certainly no “second act.”

After more than a year of planning, the city of San Antonio has launched the My Brother’s Keeper program.  The program aims to providing positive role-models to young men of color.

This is the choir at the San Antonio Independent School District's Young Men’s Leadership Academy.  It’s  where the city kicked off My Brother’s keeper on Monday.

Mayor Ivy Taylor says the goal of the program is to keep young men of color on the right track in life.