Kahoot! = 100% student engagement
Type of technology: Web-based getkahoot.com
SAMR Model Rating: Augmentation
Grade level: All levels
Subject area: All (I used it with my English classes)
What is it? Here’s the link to a simple Kahoot! I made for poetry: Poetry Kahoot
If you’re looking for a fun, crazy way for your students to learn, Kahoot! is for you. Kahoot is a free educational tool that your students will love. Mine come in every day asking for more! Yes, they actually want to engage in their learning!
To get started, log into getkahoot.com. Click on the button that reads: Get My Free Account (see below). Create an account and you’re ready to go.
Once you’re in, you’ll see a screen that looks like this:
You will be given the option of either creating a quiz, a discussion, or a survey. I usually do quizzes, so that’s what I’ll show you. Once you’ve given your quiz a name, a screen will pop up, asking you to type in the quiz question you want to ask. You’ll type it in, then click save and go to next question (the green button on the bottom right).
You will continue to type in questions and answers until you’re satisfied. You also must click on whichever answer is CORRECT.
When it’s time for the students to play, mirror Kahoot! onto the TV. It will look like the picture below. Your students, using an ipad, computer, or phone, will log in to kahoot.it, and will type in the game pin number on the screen. Next, they will create a screen name.
The question is displayed: “The definition of alliteration is…”
And below, the answers are displayed. Notice that only one is green. That is the answer I have chosen as correct.
100% engagement guaranteed
Once the game gets started, it’s hilarious! Everyone is looking at the TV screen, reading as quickly as possible, and choosing the correct answer on their device. Additionally, music accompanies the question. You have the option of choosing Kahoot! music, or uploading your own.
I have used this with my English 10CP classes to review the Holocaust. I have also used it in my AP Literature class to review literary devices in poetry.
You can also have students create their own Kahoots! for each other. I guarantee it will be a fun learning experience for everyone.
Tips and tricks
- Remind them to create an appropriate screen name, or have them use their ID numbers. As a teacher, you do have the ability to delete their screen name immediately.
- Make sure everyone has a device so no one is left out. Students can use a phone, laptop or iPad.
- You can set the timer, so if you know your students are quick, give them less time.
- You can play the music (which is fun) supplied by Kahoot!, or you can import your own.
- Have them make their own Kahoots to challenge their peers.
Have fun and watch your students get excited about learning!