• How to improve your confidence in classroom technology
    Teacher Tips

    Improving your confidence with new classroom technology

    Tech-savvy – it’s one of those elusive qualities, like charisma or dress sense. Some people seem to just have it, the rest of us mere mortals stumble behind, struggling to make sense of the latest Windows update.  But as the world of education (and to be honest the world in general) becomes more tech-focused, the skills of the tech-savvy are increasingly a requirement for the majority. Fortunately for all those self-labeled ‘technology illiterates,’ or anyone who wishes they had a bit more of a handle on classroom technology, the good news is that you too can become versed in the magic of tech wizardry. With some well-directed effort, you can…

  • Should we use tech in education
    Ed Trends

    Should we use technology in education?

    So let’s not beat around the bush here, we make an edtech app. At Kami, we combine all our skills, brain power and a significant number of hours in the week to make an application that helps students and teachers get the most out of the classroom. Why do we do this? Quite simply because we deeply believe that technology is an invaluable tool for education.  So why do we believe this so passionately? There is no denying that the question about whether, and to what extent digital technology should be used in the classroom, is a serious one. As with all decisions that affect our young people, it’s important…

  • Benefits of social media in schools
    EdTech

    Benefits of Using Social Media in Schools

    Social media is a fundamental part of daily life for most people (exactly 3.48 billion according to the Global Digital 2019 report by Hootsuite and We Are Social). Schools are no exception. With staff and students both involved in various online communities, many schools have started tapping into social media to provide better service and assistance for everyone. But in an age which rightly has concerns over data privacy, cyberbullying and the sapping of attention spans, what are the real benefits of incorporating social media into the educational environment?   #EdTech relies on watertight data security 🔒https://t.co/PgaasBu2tP pic.twitter.com/kPVK8fqmlK — Kami (@usekamiapp) October 15, 2019   Building supportive online communities Online…

  • characteristics of 21st century learners
    EdTech

    Characteristics of 21st Century Learners

    The purpose of education is to prepare the next generation. We want them to be productive and good members of our communities. So as the world evolves, our education system must follow suit to ensure we are preparing our kids for life within it.  In the busy and bustling 21st century our basic systems are transforming at a pace never seen before. The way we access and spread information, our work habits, methods of socializing, and much more have been revolutionized by the increasing sophistication of technology. As modern educators, it is more vital than ever that you are providing your students with the tools to tackle this tech-rich environment…

  • Teacher Tips

    5 Uses for Kami in the Inclusive Classroom

    This article was written by Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles and is re-published with permission. Technology can be a powerful tool in the inclusive classroom. Using the appropriate technology with the intention of supporting an inclusive learning environment, coupled with sound pedagogy, makes for a powerful combination that ultimately benefits all learners. One of my favorite tools to use in the inclusive classroom is Kami. Kami is an extension for Google Chrome that is more than just annotating PDF’s. The many features of Kami allow for learners to engage in PDF content in a more flexible manner, promotes choice and agency, and supports the use of inclusive technologies as part of the UDL Guidelines (Universal Design…