• Must have edtech apps
    Remote Learning,  Teacher Tips

    The classroom apps that you need now

    Whatever your plans for this back to school period, online learning is likely a crucial part of your strategy. And for a good reason. It’s a great way to maintain your connection and give your students access to their education, whatever is happening in the world.  But with so many great education apps out there, what should you be downloading to help propel students’ learning even more? Here are our top picks for a robust edtech tool kit suitable for remote and blended learning:     Learning Management Systems Your online hub is the center of your remote learning strategy, so it’s one you must select carefully.  Google Classroom: Though…

  • JR Renna Case Study
    Case Studies,  Remote Learning

    Parkland School District: Making Teachers into Distance Learning Superheroes

    Parkland School District was ready for a challenge in the 2019/20 school year. The district’s elementary teachers were readying themselves to take the plunge into 1:1 device teaching and personalized learning. As with the middle and high school teachers who preceded them, it would be a tough but rewarding transition. Little did they know they would soon have their skills pushed to the limit.  Since their tentative first steps into edtech, Parkland’s teachers, along with the rest of the district’s staff (and indeed many of the world’s educators), have drastically ramped up their tech skills. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and subsequent distance learning, they have been able…

  • Kami for kindergarten Corey Mott story
    Case Studies,  Remote Learning

    Kami and the remote kindergarten classroom

    “Education is always messy and this distance learning has been no exception – but you learn best through the mess! So go ahead and try these tools, because once you figure it out you’ll wonder why you weren’t doing it before.” Corey Mott, Kindergarten Teacher in Groton Public Schools District, Connecticut USA.   Kami has been at the center of kindergarten teacher Corey Mott’s life since 2018. As the instructional tech coach for his department, and a keen app user, Corey wanted to find a quick and easy way to cultivate a paperless environment for himself and his students. A great environmental and cost-saving initiative as a staggering 10 percent…

  • Student wellbeing during remote learning
    Remote Learning,  Teacher Tips

    Looking after student wellbeing during remote learning

    In the modern world, we are just starting to understand the true importance of mental health and wellbeing. Resilience, happiness, and relationships with others are all profoundly affected by it.  So now, in a challenging time, faced with a totally new way of being educated, student wellbeing must be one of the educator’s top priorities.  So how can we look after student wellbeing during the turbulent times of remote learning? Here are our tips:  Focus on education and enjoyment Exams have been canceled, tests suspended and some districts are even banning graded assignments. The message behind this is clear – now is not the time to focus on cramming facts. …

  • Kami for asynchronous learning
    Remote Learning,  Teacher Tips

    Kami for Asynchronous Learning

    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…