I love using Kahoot. First, it’s simple to use. The quiz generator walks teachers through a few simple steps to create a quiz. Check out this excellent tutorial from Brenham ISD - it’s my favorite for learning how to use Kahoot! It’s not at all complicated and I can throw together a quick bell ringer or exit ticket in 5 minutes. Second, Kahoot is free! Really, actually free! Third, it gives me concrete data and feedback that I can actually use. I see student responses, as well as the time taken to respond. I can even see how many times students take a quiz, as they work toward mastery. It's perfect for my BYOD, mixed device classroom. Students connect to a game with a pin number on any web-enabled devices. Kahoot turns every tablet, laptop, chromebook, and phone into an engaging learner response system. OH, and did I mention, it’s FREE?!
There are many ways to utilize this amazing web tool in your classroom. Here is a list of my top 10 ways to get Kahoot-ing in your classroom this fall:
1. Introduce a New Topic or Unit - Instead of boring pretests or the same old KWL chart, have students participate in a Kahoot quiz to gauge their prior knowledge. I suggest turning off the “points” for a game like this so students aren’t intimidated to make a mistake. It is a pretest, after all!
2. Challenge Another Classroom - Did you know students in different locations can play at the same time?! Set up a Google Hangout, Periscope, Skype, or virtual conference with another class or school anywhere in the world, use the same pin to enter the game, and play each other!
3. Play Towards Mastery - Allow students in your classroom to replay quizzes using Ghost Mode. This allows students to essentially play against themselves. Students will work towards their own mastery and see the growth along the way.
4. Create a Survey - Kahoot also allows teachers to create surveys and discussions through the platform. This gives students an active voice in the classroom, helping them to feel important and involved.
5. Springboard a Class Discussion - Powerful learning can happen after a quiz, so explore together the correct and incorrect answers on Kahoot. Ask students “why?” as a follow up question. Students will gain deeper levels of understanding and teachers can receive insight into the data.
6. Play a Public Kahoot - Some teachers have shared their Kahoots publicly. Have that awkward extra 5 minutes or an unusual time gap because of a special event? Public Kahoots are perfect for these times of transition to keep students active and focused in class.
7. Student-Made Quizzes - Kahoot is so simple, even a kid can do it! Have students create review quizzes for each other, giving students an authentic audience. Not only will teachers get meaningful feedback, but also see the topics and key points students picked up on...or may have missed!
8. Spice Up that “Boring” Topic - Each class will have that one topic they just don’t get into. Vocabulary, geography, multiplication, history, grammar, or whatever your tricky topic may be - all can get a boost from this game based learning tool.
9. Promote Classroom Culture - Plan a fun game where students guess the interests and fun facts about their classmates to help team build and promote positive classroom culture. It could be a fun first day of school activity for students to learn about their teachers as well!
10. Perk Up Staff Meetings - Share news, play games, and promote a positive staff report using this tool. We’ve all been in one too many humdrum meetings. It’s a quick, easy way to put some fun into your day!
Kahoot is a wonderful tool for students and teachers alike. Students will be begging you to play again, again, and again!
Have you used Kahoot in your classroom? What’s your favorite way to do so? Let us know in the comments section below!
Kahoot Loot Giveaway!
As a special gift for Snarky readers, Ms. DeVito has agreed to give away an excellent "Kahoot Loot" gift set. The set includes a brand new, unused tote bag that says, "I'm a Kahoot!er" as well as two different stickers - "teacher of awesome" (two stickers) and "student of awesome" (five stickers). These are very nice, heavy vinyl stickers that be used as fun classroom prizes when you use your Kahoot!
Enter using the rafflecopter below. The winner will be chosen one week from today, July 28, 2015.