• Case study,  Teacher Tips

    Solving classroom paper management problems with Kami

    How many hours per week do you spend preparing and printing documents only to watch them go straight to the bottom of students’ backpacks? For Jill Nation this problem was all too familiar.  A Biology and Environmental Science teacher at Cathedral City High School, Jill found paper management incredibly frustrating. “You end up with so many papers all over your desk, and then you hand them back to the students, and they still end up on your floor.” Having to make large numbers of copies every time she found a PDF she wanted to use was tedious and wasteful.  Paper management is a hassle for everyone, and like Jill many…

  • Go Accessible with your PDF’s Using Kami!
    Case study,  Teacher Tips

    Beyond Digital: Go Accessible with your PDF’s Using Kami!

    This blog post was originally posted on Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles’s blog and is used with the author’s permission. Being a Kami Hero is pretty cool. Having the opportunity to test new features and explore the possibilities for this Chrome-based PDF tool is exciting. As an Assistive Technology specialist and consultant, I am always curious about if a particular tool is accessible for all, some or none. While there are many wonderful features in Kami, which can be found in this blog post by fellow Kami Hero Danna Pearsall here, there are some other wonderful features of Kami that help promote accessibility. The feature that will be covered in this post is Kami’s…

  • Case study,  Teacher Tips

    Kami: The PDF Tool You Deserve, But Not The One You Have Right Now

    This blog post was originally posted on Danna Pearsall’s Educational Blog and is used with the author’s permission. Danna Pearsall has been teaching for 12 years and during this time, has metamorphosed into a tech-savvy, highly-motivated teacher and Kami Hero. Follow her on Twitter @MrsDPearsall I recently became a Kami Hero (basically a bonafide Kami user), and I’m excited to share just a few of the marvelous things it has to offer.  I don’t really even remember when or how I first ran into Kami, but I find myself using or recommending someone else use it at least a few times a week.  Below are just some of my favorite uses of…

  • Product Updates

    Update: Introducing Speech to Text

    Today, we are excited to announce the release of our Speech-to-Text tool. Creating the Speech-to-Text tool is a project that we have been working on for some time, and we have had it in BETA for the last month. We realized that this tool was needed when we witnessed the frustrations that many ELA students have with typing, which keeps them behind. The purpose of this tool is to allow all students to keep up with their classmates, regardless of their level of typing skill. With this tool, anyone with a Kami Teacher Plan, Kami Schools Account, or Kami Work Account can click the text tool, followed by the microphone…

  • EdTech

    Pursue a Paperless Classroom This School Year

    Some things that happen in education are really stupid. Sometimes the smartest people with the best of intentions can champion and implement ideas that are nonsensical, unhelpful, and really frustrating. It happens all the time. However, the near consensus move toward paperless education is not one of those things. As teachers, this can be a difficult concept to embrace. It’s natural to collect and distribute information on paper, and many of us have been doing it for years or decades. Anecdotally, I’ve found that students sometimes even prefer paper because, while they can navigate technology better than any generation alive, they struggle with skills like organization, time management, and self-discipline,…