• Common remote learning challenges and how to fix them
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    Common remote learning challenges and how to fix them

    Remote learning, online learning or flipped learning – all fantastic but far from mainstream ways of delivering education… until now.  With the possibility of wide-scale school shutdowns on the horizon, remote learning is getting a lot more real for educators around the world. So what challenges are likely to be faced and more importantly, how can you fix them using only online communication?   🍎 #Covid19 school shutdowns call for inventive remote education strategies. Check out Kami’s free domain-wide licenses for all schools preparing for school shutdown: https://t.co/D2xHhcZDTU#onlinelearning #remotelearning #edtech #Coronavirus pic.twitter.com/9WjBJhddOs — Kami (@usekamiapp) March 4, 2020 What challenges should you be prepared for and how can you fix…

  • Screen time: what does the research say?
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    Screen time: what does the research say?

    Screen time is a source of debate and overwhelming anxiety across most of the developed world. Over 95% of US teenagers had access to a smartphone in 2018 according to Pew Research Institute, and 45% said they were online “almost constantly.” For parents and teachers alike, the question ‘what is too much?’ is ever-present. As screens become an increasing staple of classroom life as well as home and social spaces, it is important for educators to be aware of the impacts associated with screen time. And importantly we need to help young people (and increasingly ourselves) understand the relationship to screens and keep it in check.  So what exactly does…

  • Should we pursue personalized learning?
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    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…

  • What is Universal Design for Learning?
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    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…

  • Should we use tech in education
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    Should we use technology in education?

    So let’s not beat around the bush here, we make an edtech app. At Kami, we combine all our skills, brain power and a significant number of hours in the week to make an application that helps students and teachers get the most out of the classroom. Why do we do this? Quite simply because we deeply believe that technology is an invaluable tool for education.  So why do we believe this so passionately? There is no denying that the question about whether, and to what extent digital technology should be used in the classroom, is a serious one. As with all decisions that affect our young people, it’s important…