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The Study Hall

Promoting Learning Engagement, Enhancement, and Extension with Kami & Canvas

With an abundance of technology in the typical modern classroom, it can sometimes be difficult to determine if you’re doing things right. It’s not unusual to question whether your students are learning because of technology or in spite of it. Or if it’s even worth adapting your teaching to all the new tools.

Luckily, we don’t need to have all the answers when a few experts have already figured them out for us! In 2011, Dr. Liz Kolb developed the Triple E Framework, and this is exactly the type of system that can be used to determine your level and scope of tech integration. 

The Triple E Framework focuses on a tech tool’s impact by looking at how well it engages students; how it enhances learning; and how it extends on the lesson.

With this in mind, teachers and students can rest assured knowing that, together, Kami and Canvas make the perfect team when it comes to meeting the full criteria outlined in Dr. Kolb’s Triple E Framework.

We’re so proud to be taking part in InstructureCon 2021 and equally excited to be sharing exactly how our dynamic duo can help further effective technology integration centered on student success.

Let’s break it down.


As you may already know, Kami’s sharing permissions offer real-time collaboration, allowing teachers and students to co-learn and co-model together. When the entire class is working together in Kami, learning becomes tangible, not only to the students physically present but also to those who join remotely. Whether a class is immersed for the whole lesson, or simply diving in and out for different activities, the Kami environment makes engagement a breeze because:

  • Annotations are only editable by the creator, meaning students can’t mistakingly edit or delete each others’ contributions.
  • Annotations are trackable via the Annotation Summary, so teachers can give credit to each student for their specific response.
  • Annotations can be cleared with the click of a button so teachers can quickly start afresh for a new learning group or concept, with minimal distractions. 


It’s no secret Kami started off as a humble annotation tool, but throughout the years we have quickly adapted to the ever-growing needs of teachers – elevating Kami from a single-use tool to a multifaceted platform.

Kami offers heaps of amazing new ways to level up your documents, PDFs, images, activity sheets (or any other learning resources) to interactive and engaging learning environments. And while collaborating live, users have access to tools that make learning accessible for all, like video and audio comments, video embedding, drawing, speech-to-text, and much, much more! 

The bonus is that all this goodness can be accessed without having to learn a whole new system! Kami’s seamless Canvas integration means teachers can keep creating and assigning activities as they’ve already been doing as part of a routine they’re already familiar with. 
The same goes for students – receiving, submitting, and reviewing Kami files can all be done from the comfort of Canvas! 


The tools and features in Kami allow students to not only learn in class but to take from real-world sources too. This results in a much richer and authentic learning experience that promotes focused and independent learning. For example, by embedding YouTube videos, students can make deeper connections to real-world experiences and the context, emotions, and circumstances that come along with them.

With Kami and Canvas SpeedGrader, teachers are able to provide faster, more detailed feedback. This allows casual conversation to flow, without having to worry about distilling a useful discussion into limited bullet points students have to decode later down the line.

Another useful hack for teachers assigning work is Kami’s Feature Restrictions. This allows teachers to pick and choose the specific tools they want students to use when completing an assignment. For example, you might want students to present their findings back to you in a video comment, instead of writing it out. Recording themselves presenting in the comfort of their own homes not only shakes things up but helps develop students’ presentation and communication skills at the same time!

These are just a few of the many ways Kami and Canvas come together to support student learning through engaging, enhanced, and extended education. To make sure you’re fully set up and up-to-date with our latest features, simply reinstall the Kami External App through our new Canvas installer. This way, everything will automatically update without losing any work. For some help on how to do this, head here.