With many of us pulling together full remote learning strategies in a matter of days, the looming problem of digital equity is becoming more apparent. Students who have very limited access to the internet are facing the possibility of being totally cut off from their educators, reverting to solitary book learning and worksheets.
Kami can help fill in some of these gaps in access. By providing an interactive way to prepare lessons and have students connect with content, all asynchronously, higher quality learning and educator support can still take place. Here’s how:
What is asynchronous learning?
Asynchronous distance learning simply means that teachers and students do not need to interact in real-time. This means once work is received, students can complete it in their own time, in their own home, without either a teacher physically present or an internet connection virtually linking them to an educator.
Using Kami for asynchronous learning
Kami allows for digital asynchronous learning. As an edtech app with the capacity for offline work, both teachers and students can make full use of our tools on any device and on any document without a continuous internet connection.
Learn more about Kami’s offline mode here: https://blog.kamiapp.com/using-kami-in-offline-mode
So how is Kami different from simply sending paper worksheets? Let’s see:
1. Prepare lessons
The big disadvantage of asynchronous learning is that students aren’t able to ask questions and receive support from educators in real-time. This can make completing assignments and learning entirely new topics very challenging.
Not with Kami. Kami allows educators to take their lessons to students. Rather than a static document, teachers can prepare and insert lesson snippets, tips, prompting questions or out loud readings to help support their students as they work through the file. Students will be able to see, play and react to all of these comments once they have received the file.
What to include:
- Create docs from scratch or edit any document type, even PDFs: With Kami, educators can create new sheets from a blank page or edit existing PDFs. Add question boxes, diagrams for labeling or insert an image to jog students’ memory. The Kami doc is yours to play with so you can create an intuitive assignment that is easy for students to follow.
- Ask questions or give prompts with text comments: Are there any questions you would usually ask once you get to a certain stage of the reading? Or how about adding in a quick explanation about the process it refers to or even a definition that your students may not remember? Add text comments to the side of your doc that links to specific words, lines or paragraphs to help guide them through the content.
- Read aloud and give pronunciation tips with voice comments: For students who struggle with reading or who are getting a grip of more complex language, hearing a familiar voice speak to them is invaluable. Record your voice with the Voice Comment tool and link it to anywhere in the doc.
- Include visual explanations, examples and lesson snippets with Screen Capture and Video Comments: Use a webcam and the Kami Video Comment to film yourself completing an example equation or simply talk them through it as you would in a lesson. Even better complete an example on your own Kami screen and add it in using the Screen Capture tool.
2. Students complete lessons
Send your prepared Kami document to your students using either a simple link in an email or using one of our integrations.
Students can then complete the work using all of the Kami tools offline. This includes:
- Replying to teacher prepared comments or question prompts.
- Using a full array of Kami tools to interact with the doc and complete questions.
- Inserting video comments to explain their thoughts, sign responses or even just say hello.
- Asking their own questions using comment tools.
- Inserting voice comments to demonstrate reading fluency and pronunciation.
- Using screen capture to show thought processes and working out.
3. Turn in time
When they have finished their work students will need to briefly connect to wifi to return the doc (complete with all their edits and comments) to their teacher. They can do this by creating a link, or even faster, clicking the ‘Turn In’ button available with our integrations.