How many hours per week do you spend preparing and printing documents only to see said documents go from your desk to the students’ desks, the floor, and the bottom of their backpacks? For Jill Nation at Cathedral City High School in the Coachella Desert, this problem was all too familiar. Paper management is a hassle for everyone! Jill, a Biology and Environmental Science teacher, was looking for a better way of managing documents, which led her to develop Kami.
For Jill, paper management was really frustrating as “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.
As part of a common core initiative in which Cathedral City High School is involved, students do close reading assignments as part of their coursework. The goal of close reading is to enable students to deeply engage with challenging, high-quality text. Specifically, through close reading, students learn to interpret key ideas and details, craft and structure, and integration of knowledge and ideas. In doing this, Jill’s class has been printing documents and circling, underlining, adding the question marks and explanation points, adding arrows, and adding text by drawing directly on top of printed documents.
The search for a better way of managing documents led Jill to Kami. With Kami, she was able to manage documents far easier than before as there was no longer the need to print anything. The convenience of being able to access older documents has made her classroom run more efficiently due to easy access as “if a month from now we need to revisit photosynthesis, I can say pull out your assignment on photosynthesis, and they can pull out the assignment from Google Drive” and work on it in Kami. As well as the ease of paper management, her students can digitally add all of the annotations that they need for their common core close reading.
Jill found that rolling out Kami to her students was a breeze. Her students picked it up quickly as Kami is very “kid-friendly.” The layout and bright colors keep her students engaged and excited about something which, historically, they found quite mundane. For Jill, Kami is an obvious answer to going paperless. It’s easy to use and does exactly what she needs it to do.