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3 Kami Features that Assist Remote Learning

Educators across the world have been put in a place of unknowing. Schools are closing, and teachers are asked to convert their classrooms to an online format at an accelerated pace.

Thankfully Kami is here to help you and your students continue to learn remotely. One foundation of nearly every curriculum is the PDF, and Kami is a unique tool that allows teachers and students to transform PDFs, or actually any document or image type, in ways that other tools cannot, especially in a remote learning situation. Here are my top three Kami features for remote learning: 

1. Google Classroom/Canvas/Schoology Integration 

In a time of remote learning, a Learning Management System (LMS) is crucial in providing a workflow for teachers and students. Kami integrates with three of the largest learning management systems:

  • Google Classroom,
  • Canvas,
  • and Schoology.

Kami’s seamless integration allows you to take your PDFs and share them with your students through these LMS options. Any annotations you make to the PDF before sharing is also sent out to your students. Of course, this integration also allows your students to submit their annotated PDFs back to you! 

 

2. Screen Capture Commenting

When you aren’t in the classroom with your students, your students still need to hear your voice and your explanations of activities.

With Kami, you can use the screen capture comment tool to record your screen and your voice explaining the PDF that you are sending out to your students. While recording, you can demonstrate the various features of Kami that you would like your students to use in the assignment. Doing so will assist students that may not have full familiarity with the features you are asking them to take advantage of.

The ability to use video to connect with your students can be invaluable in times of physical disconnection. Likewise, your students can add their own screen capture comments to explain their thinking and their work before submitting it back to you. 

 

3. Accessibility Tools 

Kami offers its users a wide variety of accessibility tools that can help students of all ages and abilities to remain engaged with their content.

 

 

Students that struggle to type can utilize the speech to text feature to communicate their learning (demonstrated above). They can also leverage this feature to have their documents read to them. Text-to-speech is a fantastic way to have students that may struggle with reading to engage with your class content. Students can also insert audio comments in place of text to allow the teacher to hear their voice and better understand their learning.

 

It is always important to remember that during a time of remote learning, students are out of their learning element. Asking them to do too much may cause unneeded stress in an already stressful environment. Keep the content light and positive. As one superintendent told me, “we don’t need our students running on the treadmill when it comes to work; we just need them walking.” A good anecdote for us all in this unprecedented situation. 

 

For more information check out my video ‘Using Kami for Remote Learning’ here.


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Ben Sondgeroth
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Ben is an instructor at EdtechTeacher.org. He has worked as a social studies teacher in Morrison, IL as well as the Director of Technology for the Morrison School District. Ben now provides meaningful and authentic professional development for teachers of all grade levels with a focus on new and engaging ways to use technology in their classrooms.