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Blog Classic – MamaEstes

Kim Estes

I am an educator. a risk taker. creative. innovative. passionate. collaborative. a Starbucks addict. ready to get to work.

Blog Classic


I’m just taking a bit of a break to get back into the classroom. After 14 years in EdTech – at the Admin building – I felt like I was hearing the saying “but it’s different since you were in the classroom” far too much. So – back to the […]

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#TIACon Here I Come!

So excited! Just found out all 3 of the sessions I submitted were selected for TIA in Denton! If you don’t attend the Technology In Action conference in Denton ISD, you are missing out! It’s an amazing event with practical, real-world application presentations that you can take back to your […]

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So Flattered!

After presenting at TxGoo, a tweet notified me that I’d been mentioned in a blog post by Virginia Stout as she reflected on the conference. I’m so flattered, but even more…I’m ECSTATIC that she was excited by my presentation and already planning on how to use what she learned over […]

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Pineapple PLC Pilot

The 1st Grade team from Norwood was our first Pineapple PLC group to visit another campus to share ideas and observe how technology is integrated into a 1st Grade class at Brock! The teachers and students had fun learning from one another! We’re excited to arrange more trips like this […]

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Texas Social Media Conference

On April 17th I attended the Texas Social Media Conference with members of our LT Team. This was the first time we’d attended this conference and it was an interesting mix of K-12, Post-Secondary, and business presenters.  Our very own Rebekah Hinkle, AP at the STEAM Academy at Stribling presented […]

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Spring BreakoutEDU Academy

We love it when our teachers join us on a Saturday for learning and fun! BreakoutEDU in spring! This group was lots of fun and worked really well together. We can’t wait to see how they use what they’ve learned to write breakouts for their students! ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” […]

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BCHS Poetry Slam

I was thrilled to be invited to Ms. Boiles’ English 1 class at BCHS to help judge her class Poetry Slam Contest. The kids were great and there were some amazing poems recited throughout the day! I always love an opportunity to get back into the ELA classroom! ” order_by=”sortorder” […]

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TCEA 2018

Since my team got to attend FETC, we couldn’t go to TCEA this year – but we did get down to Austin for one day with a Vendor Hall pass. We’ll be right back at TCEA next year! Can’t wait!  

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The Learning Technologies Department was able to attend the Future of Educational Technology Conference in Orlando, Florida in January. My teammates Teresa Sumrall and Heather Sanders presented at the event. Lindsay Foster presented at an evening event for Discovery Education as well! We got to hear amazing keynote speakers and […]

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Office Christmas Party

Our annual Christmas party, provided by the legal firm that works with the district, is always fun. It’s great to get together and break bread. Then we clean off the tables and wrap gifts for families in our district who need a little help making their Christmas happen. I love […]

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Social Studies Breakout

Another fun breakout with Mr. Smoke’s class. These 6th graders used their notes and class resources to master our BreakoutEDU Boxes! ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]

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Prowise Interactive Board Demo

The lovely ladies at ELB gave us a Prowise Interactive Board to demo for a few weeks. I took it to the Health Science Class and introduced it to the teachers and students. They had a great time interacting with the included software and manipulating the activities provided with their […]

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Texas History Mystery

Really enjoyed facilitating this Texas History Mystery BreakoutEDU with Coach Hansen’s class at The REALM. The kids did a great job working together to solve the clues and learn more about the Texas Revolution! ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]

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2017 Area 10 & 11 TCEA Conference – IDEA

The Learning Technologies Department and Burleson ISD hosted the 2017 Area 10 & 11 TCEA Conference. Great presenters, Steve Dembo as our Keynote, and terrific door prizes! ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] I love that my friend Carabeth won the stuffed unicorn in my presentation!

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The Tell-Tale Heart BreakoutEDU

The REALM was crawling with creepiness as students worked their way through a BreakoutEDU over The Tell Tale Heart in their English classes. Denizens of The REALM used their deductive and inferencing skills to find answers to clues hidden in the text of Edgar Allan Poe’s macabre tale of murder […]

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Breakout at The REALM

Working with Mrs. Dupuis and her students on a Natural Resources Breakout was lots of fun! The REALM kids really enjoyed solving clues and collaborating on our critical thinking problems! Check out some of the action! ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]   

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Advanced Educ-ATE-ion

One of several six hour courses offered for summer PD, Advanced Educ-ATE-ion focused on apps, tools, and extensions that work with our GoogleEDU Suite. You’ve really gotta hand it to these fabulous teachers for coming – not only on their summer break – but for a WHOLE day…some of them […]

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The Summer of BreakoutEDU

Our LT Lindsay Foster was a huge advocate for bringing BreakoutEDU to Burleson ISD and our teachers and students are loving it! All of our BreakoutEDU Academies have been crowded and the boxes stay checked out to teachers all year long! In our training, attendees participated in a 45 minute […]

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Code.Org Training

Burleson ISD hosted an open Code.org training for teachers in BISD and surrounding districts! We had over 30 people and 7 school districts represented! The FABULOUS Kim Lane came to lead the training and teachers got to try coding first hand! They got great resources to introduce coding into their […]

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