Innovative & Interactive Response to Text

I’m sure that like me you might get frustrated by some of the obvious drawbacks PDF’s have. And, so many of our docs these days are in PDF format.

So, you may find this to be a relief.


“It’s so important in this digital age when so many students consume text online that they learn how to transfer their pen and paper annotation strategies to the online space. Kami is another fantastic tool for supporting active reading online.”

This is a quote from a fellow educator, Catlin Tucker. It was excerpted from this blog entry ==> Make PDFs Interactive with Kami

I started to have my learners engage with a PDF text and then suddenly in the back of my mind I remembered Catlin’s post from last spring.


Here is a recent example from my class illustrating our use of this tool. In order to protect my learner’s identity, the comments he posted have been redacted, only his highlights have been shared.

Setting Sail



Assignment Directions and Rubric

Read and Annotate

Learning Goal: Stop, think and react using a variety of strategies to understand

Read pp. 1- 9
On pages 7-9 keep track of your thinking using highlighting, underling and/or commenting with Kami.
*Stop to think and react to the information
*Ask questions
*Identify and consider big ideas
*Paraphrase the information in your own words
*Infer to fill in gaps
*Activate your schemaView the rubric below to guide your thinking and outcome.After you finish, find two or three others who have finished. Form a group to share your reactions to the article.
Think about the important ideas as well as any issues, questions, or thoughts you have.
Share your thinking with the whole class via the Padlet below.
Here’s a recent post from Jacqui Murray in support of PDF use in schools. The Case for PDFs in Class

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