Can you say engagement?
Kahoot is a game-based learning platform where teachers can create quizzes specifically for their class’s learning. My students go crazy for Kahoot, I love tricking them into demonstrating their learning!
The first step is to create a set of questions, which can contain images, diagrams and video to help illustrate the concepts. There are different types of questions but my favourite are the multiple choice style (which can be set to have more than one correct answer). Kahoot can then be played in the classroom with the questions displayed by the projector and students using a device to answer the questions. It is entirely free, all you need is an internet connection.
Students enter the unique PIN number to join the game and do not need to set up an account to play. If you don’t have 1:1 devices – don’t panic! Kahoot can be played in team mode with one device between a number of students, with extra time to discuss the answers. I have traditionally played Kahoot this way with my 5 for school phones (old iPhones without a SIM card). BUT – If you have no access to student devices at all – which is a lot of us – you can use show-me boards and students can draw the symbol for the answer (diamond, square, triangle or circle) or hold up coloured cards the colours of the answer button. I have done both of these methods when I haven’t had my phones handy and they work just as well (you will just need to log in on you own phone so the game registers at least one player).
Kahoot awards points for correct answers but the faster you select your answer the more points you will receive. Sound effects and music add to the time pressure as the clock counts down on each question. Students get really into Kahoot – I warn you now, the noise levels might get out of control without some expectations in place. After each question the correct answer is displayed along with a number of how many picked each answer and a leaderboard of top point scorers.
With Kahoot you can access a record of how questions were answered in a report after you have completed the game which could be useful as assessment data depending on how you had conducted the quiz. I also like to get students to write Kahoot questions which I then collate and make into a quiz for the class.
As reporting and the end of term approaches, now might be a good time to test out your students memories of their learning throughout the year. A fun, interactive quiz could be the perfect way to keep them learning right up until the last day.
Check it out here.