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Product updates: what to expect from Kami in SY 2020/21

It’s going to be an exciting school year at Kami. Our developers are chomping at the bit to release a whole host of improvements to make accessible digital learning even better! So what can you look forward to this year…

Microsoft integration

We are super excited to announce our upcoming integration and partnership with Microsoft. In the coming weeks and months, we will be rolling out updates to the Kami app which will allow it to fully integrate with Microsoft’s login system as well as Microsoft OneDrive. 

If you are interested in being an early recipient of this integration, please sign up for our beta testing program where you can try it out and share your feedback in the upcoming weeks. Sign up to become part of our Microsoft integration beta test here.


iPad improvements

iPads are great devices for younger students and we want to make accessing Kami on iPad as simple and intuitive as possible. Our iPad update focuses on improving the workflow for opening and completing Google Classroom assignments from the student-side iPad view.

Check out how the new improved iPad process works here: https://help.kamiapp.com/en/articles/1752369-how-to-open-a-kami-assignment-from-google-classroom-on-an-ipad


Remote learning

It was clear to us throughout the move to remote learning that educators needed better tools for asynchronous learning. In the Kami app, our most popular tools have overwhelmingly become the Screen Capture, Video and Audio comments as our teachers found ingenious ways to build curriculum materials scaffolded with personalized instruction. This left synchronous learning times free for deeper discussion and feedback. 

We want to further support educators in making the most of asynchronous learning and so we are making the following improvements to our audio and visual annotations tools:

Improved audio, visual and screen capture tools

  • Longer times per recording: Previously recording times had a limit of 5 minutes, we are now rolling out a change that will increase this maximum to 20 minutes.
  • Redesigned controls: We will be adding clearer controls with the ability to pause and resume recordings.
  • Embedding your webcam to screen recordings: You will be able to add in a recording of you talking to your webcam within your screen recordings, for a more personalized experience.
  • Attaching existing Kami recordings to margins: You will now be able to take a previously made screen or video recording and reuse them in any of your Kami files.
  • Adding screen capture/video/audio to Canvas’ Grader: We are rolling out a change that will allow you to use the video, audio, and screen capture annotation tools within the Canvas grader. 

Effective feedback

Effective feedback is the backbone of learning, particularly in an online or hybrid scenario. To help enable smooth and efficient student and teacher communication and collaboration we are bringing in the following updates:

Canned messages

  • Add common messages into a bank of messages: This will allow you to take a bank of comments and feedback that you can create, edit, and change inside the Kami product.
  • Kami will auto-complete your comments as you type: As you type the start of your canned message Kami will auto-complete that message so you can add it into the Kami document. 

We expect these updates to be ready in the next month.

Stickers

Great news particularly for elementary teachers and fun lovers everywhere, we are adding special themed stickers into the Kami app. They will be accessible via the insert image tool. 

Kami stickers

Schoology grading

Kami is integrating into the Schoology grading window. This means you will seamlessly be able to use your favorite Kami tools to grade and provide feedback on students’ work all within Schoology.

Supporting other document types

Lots of students are uploading images or other document formats for grading or feedback with Kami. We are creating a process to make uploading, converting, and annotating on images, and other formats, like .jpg and .png super easy. 


Assessments

Assessments are a key part of school life and Kami wants to make them easier to conduct outside of the usual classroom arrangement. Our key update this year on the themes of assessments is the ability to disable specific Kami tools either permanently or for the duration of an assessment.

Turn annotation tools on and off

    • Allow teachers to disable tools within Kami Assignments: Perfect for disabling unneeded tools (i.e., disabling Kami’s Dictionary tool or Google Image search) during an assessment.
    • Useful for K-3 to reduce visual noise.

 

 


❓Is there something we’re missing?

Let us know what improvements you’d like to see my commenting on our Twitter, Facebook, or emailing support@kamiapp.com

 

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