Create AMAZING Interactive PDF Activities with the KAMI Chrome Extension

By Frankie Cilliers | 9 October 2020

Teachers love creating lessons that captivate and inspire! We are always looking for new tools to bring our lessons to life.

Google is fantastic and if you have been using tools like Slides, Docs and Drawings in your teaching, you know how powerful these applications are and what a difference they can make.

Have you used Chrome extensions in your teaching yet? If not, you are missing out! Chrome extensions can help you create fun lessons that inspire and save you a great deal of time so you can focus on what’s important – your students.

WHAT ARE CHROME EXTENSIONS?

Google Chrome extensions are ‘applications’ that run inside the Chrome browser and provide additional functionality, integration with third party websites or services, and customised browsing experiences. 

Chrome extensions are easy to install and easy to use and can turn your browser into a magical world of possibility!

THE BENEFITS OF CHROME EXTENSIONS

  • They can make things simple, more accessible, more convenient and more impactful.
  • They can help you easily edit PDF documents and make them more interactive by adding your own videos, class discussions and more.
  • There are literally thousands of extensions available on the Chrome Web Store. 

In this article we will look at the KAMI Chrome extension and explore ways in which you can use this Chrome add-on to create amazing interactive PDF activities. KAMI is just one of thousands of extensions available on the Chrome Web Store – I would encourage you to start exploring with a few tools at first and then gradually expand your list – this will enable you to become confident with new tools and allow you to explore the full potential of each tool.

INSTALLING CHROME EXTENSIONS

For you to be able to install these extensions and start using them, you will have to use the Chrome Web Browser. After you have installed Google Chrome, simply sign in with your Gmail address or school G Suite account, head over to the Chrome Web Store and you are ready to search for tools that will help you create awesome lessons. Please see the step-by-step instructions below:

STEP 1: DOWNLOAD THE GOOGLE CHROME BROWSER

Head over to Google Chrome and click on ‘Download Chrome’. Once you have downloaded the installation file, double click to install the Chrome Browser. You will then be guided through the setup process. Complete each section by choosing your preferences and sign into your Google account.

If you do not have a Gmail account, create a free one here

STEP 2: ACCESS THE CHROME WEB STORE

After you installed the Google Chrome browser, visit www.google.com and type ‘Chrome Web Store’ into the search box. You can also visit the store by clicking here.

STEP 3: TIME TO SEARCH FOR AMAZING EXTENSIONS 

On the Chrome Web Store homepage, simply navigate to the search box and search for the type of extension you are looking for.

Let’s say you are looking for an extension that will allow you to customise your mouse cursor, simply type in keywords related to the resource you are looking for, in this case we will type in: ‘mouse cursor’.

You will also notice that underneath the search box you can filter results based on categories, features and ratings.

STEP 4: ADD THE EXTENSION TO CHROME 

When you found the Chrome extension you would like to use, simply click on the extension’s name and click on the ‘Add to Chrome’ button. Here we searched for the KAMI extension for the purposes of this article.

Once you have clicked on ‘Add to Chrome’, a window will appear asking you to confirm whether you would like to install the extension – click on ‘Add extension’. A confirmation message will then be displayed to show that the extension has been successfully added to your Chrome browser.

 

STEP 5: COMPLETE THE EXTENSION SETUP 

Not all Chrome extensions have the same setup instructions. To complete the extension setup or to activate the KAMI extension, click on the ‘puzzle’ icon at the top right. Now click on the KAMI icon. 

 

STEP 6: CHOOSE A SIGN UP METHOD 

You can choose to login via Google or with your email account. For this example we will choose the Google integrated sign up method – because you are already signed into your Google account on the Chrome browser, KAMI will automatically pick up your Gmail account and you can sign up without having to type in your Gmail password.

 

STEP 7: GRANT ACCESS TO YOUR GOOGLE ACCOUNT

When choosing the Google integrated sign up method, the following notification will appear – this is a standard security feature that Google has when using its platform to sign up for third-party apps.

Once you choose to proceed, click on ‘Allow’. 

 

STEP 8: COMPLETE THE EXTENSION SIGN UP 

KAMI will guide you through the rest of the setup process. The extension will be customised according to the options you chose. It will ask you for information regarding the grades you teach, your school’s name, etc. 

 

STEP 9: GOOD TO GO!

KAMI is a freemium Chrome extension, meaning you can use the add-on with all its features for a specific time period at no cost. At the time of writing this article, KAMI provided a 90 day free trial. What is also great about KAMI is that you do not have to submit any credit card details before you are able to use the extension – you don’t have to remember to cancel your subscription after the free trial. When the trial comes to an end, you will have two options:

 1. You can continue using KAMI for free, however, you won’t have access to all its features.

 2. You can purchase the premium version of KAMI and use all its amazing features. At the time of writing this article, KAMI’S plans started at $10 per user p/month, however, schools can contact KAMI directly to enquire about custom subscription prices.  

 

Let’s TURN PDF ACTIVITIES INTO AMAZING INTERACTIVE CHALLENGES!

WHAT EXACTLY IS KAMI?

Kami has been recommended by thousands of teachers from around the world and should be your go-to for annotating on documents and PDF filesThe Kami Chrome extension is the number one recommended PDF editor in the education space. It allows you to add videos, drawings, voice comments and more onto static PDF documents and integrates seamlessly with Google Classroom

 

KAMI IN ACTION:

To see how I used the KAMI extension to turn PDFs into interactive activities that are impactful, watch the video below:

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