“It is easy, functional, and collaborative.”
René A. Christoffersen, Teacher, Gl. Hellerup Gymnasium
Challenge: It is a significant challenge for teachers to incorporate technology in the classroom to engage today’s generation of learners. Students these days have mobile phones, laptops, and tablets. They use these gadgets in studying, researching, and connecting with their fellow students. So much of the time, students are working with PDF files. Therefore, teachers need to find a program that allows editing and highlighting of PDF files shown in their lectures. The program should be easy to use and rich in features.
Solution: Kami is student-friendly. The different functions offered by this application can make any dull lecture stimulating. It also automatically connects to your Google account to allow teachers to distribute copies of the lecture through the cloud.
Benefits: Kami is an inexpensive application that teachers and students love. It enables editing, highlighting, freehand drawing, and adding text in different color palettes for more interesting class discussions. When each student can access a document at the same time the lecture is happening, it boosts the student’s learning ability by reinforcing what is taught and seen.
About Gl. Hellerup Gymnasium
Gl. Hellerup Gymnasium was founded in 1894, and it was originally an exclusive private school for young boys. During that time, the school was called Hellerup Real- and Latin School. Time passed, and it had begun accepting female students. Because of this, the name was changed to Hellerup Gymnasium until it became Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium, as it is known today.
In 1986, the school became a county school of Copenhagen County. During the 21st century, the school has expanded and built a library and a student center. It is now a state-independent institution. The school is headed by Jørgen Rasmussen, who took office in 2005 as the successor of Asger Sørensen.
The Challenge Faced by the Academe in the 21st Century
Educators today have one big challenge – teaching millennials. Millennials are born between 1980 and 2000. They spend, more or less, 6.5 hours each day saturating themselves in digital media. They begin their days viewing, creating, and publishing internet content through Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter posts.
Millennials prefer to be in control. They have a limited attention span when sitting in the classroom. They use technology as if it is part of their life. They have this unique need to employ alternative and contemporary methods to complete tasks. They are not amazed by technology. Instead of marveling at it, they accept it, adapt to it, and learn how to use it effortlessly.
However, these characteristics of Millennials are not the only things that pose a challenge in the academe. The universal access to information also poses a challenge to providing education in the 21st century. Teaching strategies must include more than transmission of information. Teachers should respond to technological advances, and must be able to integrate them in the classroom. Teachers must know how and when to use applications and other technologies as education tools.
Regarding this challenge, teachers and schools are faced with the problem of how to integrate technology as it can be costly, especially when there is hardware, software, and other infrastructure that need funding.
Kami: A Cost-effective Solution to Integrate Technology in the Classroom
When René A. Christoffersen switched to Chromebook from a personal computer, he experienced the difficulty of finding a good PDF viewer. He came across Kami and has since been a fan.
Kami is not an ordinary PDF viewer. With Kami, one can view, create, edit, highlight, and draw on the file. It is an application that can keep up with Millennials in the classroom. It enables the user to create content easily with its accessible and ergonomic interface. When used by teachers in the classroom, it integrates and engages the students with its various features. The app can automatically save files back to Google Drive. Hence, it can be easily reviewed by the students wherever they may be, and whenever they may want.
Benefits of Using Kami as a Teaching Tool
One of the challenges faced by teachers today is that integrating technology in the classroom can be costly. However, that is not the case if Kami is used. Kami can even be used for free by students and teachers in partner-universities.
Another thing that makes Kami most beneficial in classroom settings is its ability to access different file types. Although it is widely known as a PDF viewer, it is more than that. It can open files in .doc, .ppt, and .jpg formats to name a few. Thus, regardless of whether it is bought or installed for free, Kami can be used not only in analyzing books in class, but also in participating in a PowerPoint presentation.
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