What is Kahoot?
How can I use it?
- Quizzes: Create your own quiz, have a student create one or find a public quiz! To start a quiz, decide on a title and then drag and drop your content and add your questions. Your content can feature pictures or videos which makes it great for all grade levels.This is a great way to flip your classroom and use the data to drive your next days lessons or small groups.
- Discussions: Create discussion questions is easy. Decide on a title and then ask your probing question. You can also have your students pose questions to launch a discussion using their devices.
- Surveys: Take a real-time poll of your students wants/needs? For example: what type of devices do we have in our classrooms from BYOT? This can also be used for an exit ticket to determine how a lesson went or gauge the students knowledge on a topic.
- Drill vocabulary — If meaningful repetitions of vocabulary terms help students to remember them, this will do it. A quick game of Kahoot! with your current vocabulary list won’t take much time and will get them engaged right away.
- Reading comprehension — After reading a story, article or chapter in a textbook, Kahoot! can help you assess how much students remembered.
- Current events — Because a Kahoot! can be created so simply, you can give students questions on the most current of topics. If part of your class is following news, a quick Kahoot! can check how up to date they are.
- Identify images — Artwork. Diagrams. Photos of terms. A picture can bring a concept to life, and they can be uploaded (YouTube videos, too) to Kahoot! questions. Use them to ask a question instead of words to better illustrate your content.
- Club announcements and news — Kahoot! can bring club meetings to life. Go over the important points of the meeting with students and, at the end of the meeting, see who was paying attention with a Kahoot!.
- Sports team rules — As a former golf coach, I was charged with teaching athletes the rules of the game. If I only had Kahoot! back then! Instead of just saying “remember these,” it would give each player more incentive to learn them.
- Staff meeting opener — It didn’t happen, but I had big plans to create a Kahoot! on my school’s teacher workday before school started. It would have questions about interesting things that happened to staff members over the summer or lesser-known facts about them. I’ll make it happen next year, though!
- Find already-created public Kahoots — Kahoot! can give you something useful to do if you find yourself with several extra minutes to fill at the end of class. Search public Kahoots for your content area, preview questions of the ones you find by clicking on the title, and send them out to the class — all in a minute or so!
- Turn learners to leaders — Kahoot! promotes this great use of its site: using questioning as an assessment tool. Instead of teachers creating Kahoots, students can create them. Their ability to write good questions and create answers (even the wrong ones!) shows a lot about how well they understand content. More at this blog post.
- Relive memories with family — OK, this one isn’t a class- or school-based idea, but I’m going to use it! I’ve entertained my family with publicly available Kahoots (not all of them are strictly academic). Some of my students have said they want to have a Kahoot! party with their friends! Hmm … educational technology so engaging that students want to base a party around it … something is right here!
For more about Kahoot!, check out their user guide or their blog with lots of posts full of ideas for implementation.
How do the kids access my Kahoot?
You only need to do this step once. When you arrive at the screen, save it to your Home Page for easy access in the future. Watch the video below for a demonstration.