Recently a tech colleague passed along a great free online resource to use for formative assessment and classroom activities. I’ve done little quiz games or review games in the past using online resources like Socrative, but this one has a new twist. The website is called Kahoot.
Kahoot reminded my students a lot of the quiz games played in restaurants like Buffalo Wild Wings. A question is displayed on the front board and each student selects an answer to that question from their personal device. (I’ve had students use computers, IPads, Kindles or phones for this activity). If you get the question correct, you get points. If you answer faster, you get more points. After each question, the student sees their ranking on a leaderboard. It’s a lot of fun and provides great motivation for the students.
Teachers can create “Kahoots” from getkahoot.com. It gives you the option of creating quizzes, discussions or surveys. Right now I’m only using the quizzes. The teacher creates multiple choice quizzes and has the option of adding in pictures and video in the questions too. After a Kahoot is made, you are ready to share it with the students.
The students just go to kahoot.it. From there they will type in a pin code that is assigned to the Kahoot the teacher is running. The quiz is teacher paced, meaning that the questions only appear when the teacher is ready. Once ready, the teacher shows the students the question on the board. After 5 seconds, answer choices also appear on the board. Each answer choice is color coded. On the student’s individual device, they see the color coded choices but no words—they have to look up at the board for the question and the answer choices. They select the color associated with the choice they think is correct. Once all students have answered, they find out how many points they earned (if any) and what their ranking is in the leaderboard. At the end of playing a Kahoot, the teacher can download the results, which gives you question by question analysis of how students did and you can easily see questions that were the most problematic.
We loved using Kahoot and now I’m just under pressure to create more Kahoots for us to do in class!