Kami for science
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Kami for Science

Not all science classes can be the white coat and experiment kind (sadly!), but there is still plenty of fun to be had. 

Try freshening up your typical textbook work with Kami’s versatile arrangement of tools that can be applied to any science classroom. Here are some ideas to get you started:

 

 

Inserting and Labelling Diagrams

Scientific diagrams are vital for understanding and visualizing all sorts of processes. With Kami, students can create, insert, color in, highlight, add to, label and ultimately make the best use of their scientific diagrams – all from their digital device.  

 

Using Kami to label diagram

 

Kami tools required:

  • Image: To insert a diagram on to your Kami sheet simply select the image tool at the bottom of your toolbar. You can then select the location of your file (choose from Google Drive, your device or a Google Image safe search), then select the desired image and it will appear on your document.
  • Text boxes: To label your diagram you can use the Text Box tool to type in labels. Simply click the Text Box icon and then click the location on the page where you want to type. 
  • Shapes: You can add to your diagrams using the Shapes tool. Here you can choose from squares, circles or lines and make them whatever size, color or transparency you like. Get as creative as you want!
  • Drawing: If the Shapes tool isn’t enough you can add to your diagram freehand or color it in with the Drawing tool. You can choose the color, thickness, and transparency of your brush. 
  • Markup (text highlighter): Finally you can highlight certain labels or explanations with the highlighter tool. Click on the Markup tool and select text Highlighter along with the appropriate color. Then simply highlight the text you wish to. 

 

 

 

Plot graphs

Graphs are an essential part of scientific data collection and accuracy is a must. With Kami, you can plot points, create trend curves or simply take accurate readings quickly and easily.

Using Kami to plot graphs

 

Kami tools required:

  • Image: To insert a pre-made graph or outline into your Kami file use the Image tool. You can then select the location of your file (choose from Google Drive, your device or a Google Image safe search), then select the desired image and it will appear on your document.
  • Drawing: You can easily plot graph points using the freehand Drawing tool, or if your feeling steady-handed, use it to create a line of best fit.
  • Shapes: To make your graph lines extra straight or to execute a perfect plot point cross, you can use the insert Shapes tool. Select the line option and draw perfectly straight lines between any 2 points on your page. 
  • Zoom: Reading graphs can be tricky if the numbering is small. Fortunately, the Kami Zoom tool can clarify everything. The Zoom tool is located on the top navigation bar and can be controlled using the plus and minus buttons to respectively move closer or further away from the page. 
  • Insert grid page: You can insert a grid lined page into your Kami document to make graphing more accurate. Simply click the big plus button at the bottom of your file. In the pop-up menu, you will be asked for your preferred page type. Here select ‘Grid Page’.

 

Inserting grid page in Kami

 

Equations and formulas

Completing formulas or equations can typically be a bit tricky on a device, but not with Kami’s formula and equation functions. The Equation Tool allows you to write and complete mathematical equations alongside developing a student’s digital learning experience. For personalization or preference, you also have the ability to change the font size and text color for a more readable display.

 

 

Kami tools required:

  • Equation tool: Represented by the division sign on your toolbar, the Equation tool provides a text box for you to type in your equation. It also gives you the option to include a broad range of mathematical symbols. You can even change the size and color of your formula to make it stand out.
  • Formula function: You can access the formula function by inserting a Text Box. As you start typing you will notice a top bar appear containing different text options. From here you can select the formula tool (noted as fx). This will automatically convert your letters to the appropriate font and you can also add in symbols where needed. For volumetric calculations that take place over several lines, you can simply expand your text box and continue your formula below.  

 

Document experiments

Use Kami to visually document classroom experiments so your students can relive them as many times as they want. 

While conducting a lab, students can use the ‘insert image from webcam feature’ to take pictures of the various stages of their experiment.  Once the images are inserted into the document, students can use the annotation tools to label their images. 

Kami tools required:

  • Insert Image: You can take pictures or even film an experiment using your webcam or separate device and then insert them into your Kami file using the Image function. 
  • Comment: Once your images have been inserted you can label or annotate the experiment stages using the comment function. Students can type their thoughts, record voice comments or even use their webcam to make a short video. These comments can be specifically linked to images or sections of text on the file. 

 

You can learn more about Kami and how to use it in your classroom with the official Kami Handbook. Click here to check it out.

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