• Should we pursue personalized learning?
    Ed Trends

    Should we pursue personalized learning?

    It has big sponsors, makes regular appearances at education conferences and district-led initiatives. But can we say with any confidence that we are closer to achieving personalized learning …whatever that may be? The promised benefits of a well-implemented personalized learning system are clearly desirable. More engaged students, with greater confidence in their learning and a more accessible education system, are surely worth pursuing—however tricky the development phase.  But are these outcomes achievable, or is the concept of personalized learning inherently confusing and a distraction from other more straightforward education initiatives? Let’s take a dive into what personalized learning means, the controversies surrounding it and potential benefits.   🚸 What are…

  • How to keep student's safe online
    Teacher Tips

    How to keep students safe online

    The internet, the World Wide Web or simply the Net – however, you like to think of it, it’s now a central and potentially irreversible part of our lives. Particularly in education. In the US classroom, only 42% of assignments are now done using pen and paper and 73% of teachers say their students use devices in class daily (according to a survey by MidAmerica Nazarene University).  But this powerful tool is not risk-free. So how can you ensure your students are safe in the online environment? Here are some of our top tips to help protect your students and promote cybersecurity in your classroom:   #EdTech relies on watertight…

  • How to crop images in Kami
    Product Updates

    The Cropping Tool

    Image placement and precision is an important part of most documents. With an accurate set of image manipulation tools, you can have your inserted images looking exactly how you want them too. That’s why Kami has introduced the cropping tool to your image handling repertoire! Sitting alongside the revolve, resize and grab tools, you can crop your images to show only the elements you want.    How to use the cropping tool To put the cropping tool to use you will first need to insert an image into your Kami file. You can do this by selecting an image stored on your computer, in your Google Drive or finding a…

  • Does Tech offer improvements for special ed?
    Special education

    Does technology offer improvements for special ed?

    In 2017–18, 7 million students aged 3–21 received special education services, according to the National Centre for Educational Statistics. That’s 14% of all public school students. We are increasingly, and quite correctly, becoming ever more aware of the cognitive diversity present in the classroom (and the population at large). But catering to this vast array of learning needs remains a significant challenge for educators. Fortunately, we live in an age where a huge range of technological possibility exists. But do digital tools offer tangible improvements to education access, or are they just yet another fad? Let’s explore how technology can improve special education and whether the advantages outweigh the potential…

  • What is Universal Design for Learning?
    Ed Trends

    A guide to Universal Design for Learning

    It is a blatant truism to say ‘everyone is different’, or the more educator specific ‘everyone learns differently’. So why do we insist on setting standardized teaching methods?  The reason lies in pragmatism. We can’t possibly cater to everyone’s learning style, so we aim for the broadest possible format and hope everyone can get at least something out of it.  But what if there was another way? Universal Design for Learning, with its rooting in cognitive neuroscience and development in Learning Sciences, provides a methodology that can comfortably accommodate individual learning differences. Sound too good to be true? Let’s dive into what exactly Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is, its…