It’s that time of the year when we all look forward to putting our feet up and enjoying some well deserved festive cheer.
But while the chestnuts are roasting, its good fun to have a mull over the highlights of the year with friends and family.
So the Kami team did just that! Here’s what we got up to this 2019.
Hengjie, CEO and Co-founder
What do you do at Kami? I’m the Chief Executive at Kami, which means I do everything else that no one is doing. But my favorite role is leading the Customer Success team, it involves: delighting users, collaborating on solutions to truly help, and building out our vision of the digital classroom.
What have you enjoyed most about 2019? Helping the thousands of teachers around the world to creating a more engaging classroom.
What’s the most exciting thing you’ve seen in Edtech this year? In 2019, I think we’ve seen teachers go beyond just going digital. We’ve seen our teachers use our new annotation tools to create more engaging classes, and encourage a deeper understanding of the content. It still surprises me today the surmountable number of different ways we see our teachers and students use our annotation tools. One example I’d like to highlight is Kami Hero @Megan Barnesh, she uses a portable bluetooth keyboard and trackpad to move around the room and teach by proximity. I think I know what I’ll be buying for Christmas.
Zach, Customer Success Representative
What do you do at Kami? I’m one of the Customer Success team. That means making sure all our users are up and running and the boat keeps sailing as smoothly as possible. If you have a question about Kami, need training on how to use our integrations or have an issue that needs solving I’m the guy to talk to.
What have you enjoyed most about 2019? I particularly liked learning how Kami works as a program, seeing the intricacies and how everything fits together and the best ways to support our customers and resolve any issues and keep them from reoccurring.
What’s the most exciting thing you’ve seen in Edtech this year? I hadn’t actually heard of Edtech as a concept before I started working at Kami, so I guess the idea of it as a topic, in general, is pretty exciting to me. The idea of LMS’s and programs like Google Classroom and the idea of classes functioning fully paperless is pretty exciting given the amount I remember collecting over my studies.
Maxine, Account Executive East Coast US
What do you do at Kami? I’m the main point of contact for all our customers on the East coast of the US. I help teachers and schools put Kami to best use and build a great relationship where everyone is happy.
What have you enjoyed most about 2019? The increased interest – watching Kami use build by word of mouth from users. I love it when we all get together to see the commitment and dedication of our incredible team. We have a synergy that I have not experienced at any other company I have ever worked for in 45 years.
What’s the most exciting thing you’ve seen in Edtech this year? Honestly… the Kami app!
Jason, Software Engineer
What do you do at Kami? I’m a developer for Kami, I mainly work on the app. My job is to figure out what features to build, how to build it, actually build it, maintain it by fixing pesky bugs and measuring if what I’ve built is helping our users by looking at data and feedback.
What have you enjoyed most about 2019? I really enjoyed going to ISTE 2019 this year in Philadelphia. I finally had the opportunity to talk to some of the teachers who use Kami daily and got a lot of insights as to how we can improve going forward. A lot of times, developers get lost building what they picture as a perfect feature in their mind but in reality it’s actually flawed or close to useless when it gets into the hands of actual users. At Kami we pride ourselves on always iterating based on user feedback.
What’s the most exciting thing you’ve seen in Edtech this year? I was blown away at the growth of computer science education in the classroom. At ISTE it was very obvious that there is a big drive to expand the technology curriculum in schools right now, from building robots to making programming more accessible in the classroom. There will be a lot of tech WizKids in the next decade for sure!
Alberllie, Community Manager
What do you do at Kami? As Community Manager, I get to work across all different aspects of marketing, from social media and events, to customer relations (how awesome is that?). But, above all, I manage the Kami Heroes program, helping to create amazing experiences and empower all members of the Kami Community.
What have you enjoyed about 2019? I absolutely love meeting Kami users during school visits and at conferences! I really enjoyed getting to know our Kami Heroes, hearing their stories and helping them become more successful educators and ambassadors.
What’s the most exciting thing you’ve seen in Edtech this year? The conversations I’ve had with teachers. Learning more about how EdTech tools, like Kami, can help shape the future of education is definitely the most exciting thing I’ve seen/heard this year. I love hearing teachers’ stories and experiences in the classroom, and how they overcome the challenges they had by using digital tools! The lasting impact that EdTech has on teachers and students is an incredible reminder of why we do what we do here at Kami.
Alyssa, Events and Sponsorship Coordinator
What do you do at Kami? My main task is organizing and managing the logistics of attending Edtech Events. I make sure that everything runs smoothly and the costs are all accounted for!
What have you enjoyed most about 2019? When I first joined Kami I thought it was simply a helpful tool for the classroom. But that changed when I went to ISTE this year and had the chance to meet lots educators and teachers using Kami. That’s when I realized that Kami is not just a tool but it is an innovative solution that has made the lives of students and teachers easier. I love how it caters also to special education. It’s amazing hearing people say that Kami changed their life has a fulfilling effect, like having a sense of purpose.
What’s the most exciting thing you’ve seen in Edtech this year? The most exciting part of edtech for me is meeting the teachers and principals who drive it. Particularly at Karaoke night!
Corey, Video Content Producer
What do you do at Kami? As it says on the tin, I roam with a trusted assortment of video and sound equipment to capture the stories of those who use Kami in the classroom. Conferences, school visits, celebrations in the workplace – I’m there to cover it!
What have you enjoyed most about 2019? Filming the Lompoc Unified School District Case Study was a definite highlight for many reasons. It was the first time I have ever jumped across the equator and met our users in their own backyards for one. Getting the opportunity to do a job based on something I love doing and travel across Ventura Highway (whilst unironically listening to the song of the same name) was amazing.
What’s the most exciting thing you’ve seen in Edtech this year? The atmosphere at ISTE this year made one thing clear to me. The future of education will immerse students in a more virtual and connected environment – which I find exciting. That being said, no matter how much work students do in a digital environment, teachers should and will always continue to make that environment more engaging and enriching for everyone.
Aden, Customer Success
What do you spend your time doing at Kami? Well, I’m up early most mornings juggling between answering support questions and running onboarding calls to ensure new teachers and instructors get the most out of the Kami tools. I also run webinars and larger group trainings for schools.
What have you enjoyed most about 2019? 2019 has been a pretty big year for Customer Success, with more and more users adopting Kami, and more unique use cases that has demanded more than a little critical thinking to address. It’s been challenging at times but also really rewarding to see the team adapt and rise to the challenges.
What’s the most exciting thing you’ve seen in Edtech this year? It’s always easy to get swept up in the hype of new trends that canvas the Edtech conference halls each year and you often miss the subtle changes that have been creeping up in the background. Over the past year, or year and a half I would say, there have been a few developments in the classroom that I’ve been lucky enough to witness, mobile devices have gone from a feared source of distraction to being more and more integrated in workflows. Video and digital resources seem to be playing a bigger and bigger role in curriculum. Every time I go to conferences there’s a strong feeling that people are increasingly willing to embrace new ways to unlock students’ potential and shake up the 150-year-old model of education, I can’t wait to see where 2020 takes us!
Violeta, Creative Designer
What do you do at Kami? I’m part of the creative team behind the cute graphics you see on Kami’s website, blog and social media sites. We make sure everything we create is meaningful but still fun and visually engaging for our users. Basically, if you want anything artsy done, I’m your girl.
What have you enjoyed most about 2019? Starting a new job at Kami has indeed been the highlight of my year. Every day I look forward to coming to work and getting my creative juices pumping, which is something rare. The people I work with are an awesome bunch with an assortment of personalities. There’s never a dull moment with these guys.
What’s the most exciting thing you’ve seen in Edtech this year? I’ve just recently opened my eyes to the world of EdTech. One aspect I particularly love is how it transforms classrooms into an inclusive environment for Special Ed students. I had the privilege to work on the graphic for the blog post covering this topic. It’s mind-blowing to discover how much EdTech can improve the quality of learning and teaching efficiency in classrooms. I’m excited to see how much further it can go.
Cathy, Content Marketing Executive
What do you do at Kami? I’m pretty much the wordsmith of Kami. So that means anything that’s written, whether it’s the blog or the newsletters delivered to your inbox, they’ve all been put together by me.
What have you enjoyed most about 2019? It’s certainly been a whirlwind 6 months since I started at Kami. As my first foray into the world of EdTech, I have to say the thing I’ve enjoyed most is learning about the industry and all the amazing concepts and ways of harnessing tech there are. It makes writing my weekly blog post great fun as I get to delve into these topics and really get to grips with the nitty-gritty.
What’s the most exciting thing you’ve seen in Edtech this year? Out of all the concepts I’ve written about this year I’m most impressed with ‘digital citizenship’. As someone who went through the school system during the 2000s, it would have been great to have some of the awareness and life lessons that digital citizenship provides. As we become more tech-reliant in the future it’s going to be more important than ever to have a digitally aware generation.
What do you do at Kami? I spend my time reaching out to people who are interested in Kami and introducing them to the right Account Executives.
What have you enjoyed most about 2019? How excited potential users are about Kami. One of my favorite comments so far is from a potential customer: “Kami is close to my heart so when the need arises he knows where to find us.” Another favorite is a client that is working on picking an LMS: “Kami is the best Tech company he is dealing with during the whole process and has the Kami pup on his computer so he sees it every day.”
What’s the most exciting thing you’ve seen in Edtech this year? I haven’t attended a conference yet but I am looking forward to my first one. It has been at least 15 years since I was in a classroom or involved in the education field so for me, Edtech is all new and exciting to me, like Christmas morning when you get the mountain of gifts and you can’t wait to use them all.
So that’s a wrap from the Kami team this year. Thanks to all our users for making it a fantastic 2019 and we look forward to seeing you in 2020!