A Kahoot and a Half!

kahootI’ve decided to try out Kahoot as a fun, engaging way to review material, and bridge into the “gaming” realm of digital technology in the classroom.

So far, so good!

My students’ competitive energy ignites every time they hear the “intro tune,” and they seem to focus on knowing the content in the game more because of their determined natures.

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What is Kahoot?

Description (from web): A Kahoot is a collection of questions on specific topics. Created by teachers, students, business-people and social users, they are asked in real-time, to an unlimited number of “players,” creating a social, fun and game-like learning environment.

What Can Kahoot Be Used for in the Classroom?

  1. Assessment – Formative Assessment can be elicited through games, discussion, or polls.
  2. Behavior Management – I have seen Kahoot engage some of the harder-to-reach students in my classroom.
  3. Collaboration – because it works like a “clicker system” – Kahoot can be used individually or in teams.

Benefits of Using Kahoot:

  • Students don’t need a login. They simply go to kahoot.it and enter the “game PIN” to join the fun.
  • Kahoot seems to be a great tool for real-time formative assessment.
  • Teachers can gauge student understanding, and notice if certain students/populations are not grasping material.
  • The tool is simple and colorful, so students with certain types of disabilities may find it easier to use than other tools.
  • It can be adapted for quizzes, discussions, and polls.
  • The polling/discussion features can especially be beneficial for non-verbal students in inclusive classrooms.
  • Kahoot can be used for a broad range of grade levels.
  • You can adjust the time given to answer each question. This is great for kids who might need more response times.
  • You can manipulate or eliminate points scored.

Drawbacks of Kahoot:

While extremely engaging, I want my students’ comprehension of the material to be deep and thorough. There are facts and details to memorize in a rote manner, but in general I want to employ the highest order thinking as possible. Therefore, I won’t be using Kahoot is to review the same material over and over. It becomes a counterproductive edtech tool to do that.

Even if I jumble up the questions and answers, students become quickly savvy to look for the clue word to the answer once they’ve gone through the same Kahoot more than 2 or 3 times per unit.

Videos of the Kahoot in Action:

What do you think??? Happy Kahooting!Kahoot_colours-35

– Kirsten

 

 

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