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KamiKami is a terrific online tool that lets teachers and students collaborate on documents on a web browser. Perfect for Chromebook or BYOD (bring-your-own-device) classrooms. Students can use Kami to open up documents on a web browser with a simple drag and drop. They can annotate documents by underlining, highlighting and adding notes to each page. It’s also a great way for students to interact with documents straight from their web browser.

One of the coolest features of Kami is the ability to collaborate and annotate with peers. Students can complete activities in partnerships or annotate text with a group. Although there are clear connections to the English Language Arts classrooms, Kami can be used across the content areas to help students interact with text as they read. Of the thousands of schools already using Kami, many use it through Google Classroom or on Chromebooks through the web extension or app. – Class Tech Tips

How can I use Kami in my classroom?

Since Kami is an open-ended tool, the possibilities for use are diverse and far-reaching. Students can look at a piece of art or literature, write a critique, and compare their critique to published ones. Or they can annotate a poem alongside supporting historical documents and pictures in order to gain contextual understanding. Challenge students to be more information-literate by comparing different headlines for the same event and identifying bias, or provide historical documents followed by a close reading of critiques or editorials of the time period. Teach expository writing by having students pair up to write descriptions of objects, and have their partners draw the objects on a blank page. Upload a PDF of a famous inventor’s journal and have students collaboratively annotate the scientific process the inventor used. – CSE