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    Kami: The PDF Tool You Deserve, But Not The One You Have Right Now

    This blog post was originally posted on Danna Pearsall’s Educational Blog and is used with the author’s permission. Danna Pearsall has been teaching for 12 years and during this time, has metamorphosed into a tech-savvy, highly-motivated teacher and Kami Hero. Follow her on Twitter @MrsDPearsall I recently became a Kami Hero (basically a bonafide Kami user), and I’m excited to share just a few of the marvelous things it has to offer.  I don’t really even remember when or how I first ran into Kami, but I find myself using or recommending someone else use it at least a few times a week.  Below are just some of my favorite uses of…

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    Island Trees School District Uses Kami to Make PDFs User Friendly in the Classroom

    The pace of change is accelerating. New technologies are progressing and spreading faster than ever. In the next decade, we are likely to see a dramatic educational shift with education systems emerging with online systems and disruptive technology. With the rapid development of technology, the interest in educational technology is at an all-time high in the Island Trees School District. We were fortunate enough to meet Jim Conklin, the instructional technology staff developer at Island Trees School District, New York, to discuss what Kami meant to him. So, what is Kami? We know that Kami saves paper and allows the annotation of PDFs, but what does Kami really mean regarding…

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    Rochelle Township High School Students Use Kami for Studying Novels in English Class

    “I like the fact that the students in my class have powerful tools they are able to utilize not only in my class but also in any coursework in which they are attempting to utilize pdfs.” Brian Worthington These days, there is more students can do with their devices in a classroom than without. While many argue that is a bad thing, the majority of people understand that we are living in a faster-paced digital world than we used to, and students need to be well-versed with technology if they are going to be the innovators of the future. I often have to remind myself that “if you always do…

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    3 Ways to use Kami in a Social Studies Classroom

    In social studies classrooms around the world, teachers use documents and images as a daily part of their curriculum. History is built on the analysis of first-hand accounts.  The interpretation of the meaning behind the words and images is archived for modern-day historians to retell stories.   While teaching high school history, I wanted to continually engage my students in this type of thinking and self-directed learning, allowing the students to become historians in my classroom.  In order to accomplish this task, I made it a goal to use as many different sources and documents in my classroom as possible.  With this task came an amazing waste of paper!  I…

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    Star Academy Students are Reaching Their Writing Goals for National Novel Writing Month

    November is National Novel Writing Month, which has people from all over the United States feverishly writing to complete a novel by the end of the month. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun new approach to creative writing. The project started in July 1999 with 21 participants, and by 2010, over 200,000 people had taken part and written over 2.8 billion words. Starting November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Star Academy in San Rafael is one of the many schools working hard to get their novels completed by the end of November! Star Academy is…