Island Trees School District Uses Kami to Make PDFs User Friendly in the Classroom

Island Trees School District Uses Kami to Make PDFs User Friendly in the Classroom

The pace of change is accelerating. New technologies are progressing and spreading faster than ever. In the next decade, we are likely to see a dramatic educational shift with education systems emerging with online systems and disruptive technology.

With the rapid development of technology, the interest in educational technology is at an all-time high in the Island Trees School District. We were fortunate enough to meet Jim Conklin, the instructional technology staff developer at Island Trees School District, New York, to discuss what Kami meant to him.

So, what is Kami? We know that Kami saves paper and allows the annotation of PDFs, but what does Kami really mean regarding education? For Jim, Kami represents the transition from traditional to modern education. Jim’s journey with Kami began as he was initially looking for something for teachers that used PDFs in their classrooms. Island Trees School District was initially on 1:1 with iPads for three years and they used an application called Notability to work with PDFs. As they implemented 1:1 Chromebooks, they discovered Notable PDF (now Kami). Just as technology has changed and continues to change, Kami reflects the change in educational systems.

Jim was a mathematics and science teacher for 15 years himself, and he understands that Kami can be used by anyone for any subject. At Island Trees School District, Kami has been used mostly working with PDFs through Google Classroom, individual work, and collaborative work. Whether it is used for foreign language, social studies, or English language arts, there are many different uses of Kami. While the usage of Kami depends on the teacher and the subject area, students in the Island Trees School District are using Kami every day in a variety of ways.

Students whom Jim referred to as ‘digital natives’ found it easy to adapt to the new technology. Kami has been a “simple tool that makes annotating PDFs user-friendly” in the way that it has been mirroring other programs that are out there regarding how it functions, making it easier to use for everyone. With that being said, there is no time like now to make the changes to the education systems. Students are growing up in a world where all of this is very common to them, and it makes sense for schools to catch on to educational technologies by providing efficient learning tools for students.

Students can familiarize themselves with new tools and naturally digest new technology. Now, Island Trees School District has over 1000 Chromebooks with most teachers and students using Kami daily. The education systems of the next generation will be different from what we experienced when we were at school, and the speed of learning will increase tenfold. It is crucial that both teachers and students in the future are supported by the technology that can provide optimal teaching and learning.