What a Kahoot!?
SAMR level: Augmentation
Grade level: all
Subject areas: all (why not?)
Cost: free (yes!)
Do you want your kids to think you are the craziest, most fun teacher they ever met? Tired of the same old KWL charts and fancy bulletin boards your peers make?? Don’t have a lot of money to spend since your cafeteria bill is so high??
You need to try KAHOOT!
It embodies all the things you need to up your teaching game and start having fun in the classroom again. And yes, it is free!
What is Kahoot?
Kahoot is an entertaining way to get students of all ages interacting in a fun and inviting way. It can be set up so that the students are either working alone or in cooperative settings. You are in charge of the types of questions that are asked and the images the students see. It is even possible for the students to demonstrate their expert knowledge by creating their own Kahoot for the class! Kahoot turns any tablet, laptop, chromebook, and phone (we needed one more device) into an engaging response system. How do you get started?
There are many ways to use the Kahoot in your class to brighten up everyone’s day and have the students begging for more. Here is a my simple list:
- Introduce a new Topic or Unit – I can’t think of a more engaging way to find out what your students know about a subject and how to entice them to want to learn more.
- Challenge classroom – Who knows more about a subject just studied? Your class or the one down the hall using old school calculators.
- Play towards mastery – Students in your class can replay quizzes by themselves. They are motivated by all the pops and whistles highlighting they have learned the concepts.
- Create a survey – Teachers can create an on the spot survey to gauge how to move forward with the learning in the room or to find out how many students have completed their science fair projects on their own.
- Begin a class discussion – What if you were to give your students a quiz on recently taught math concepts and they didn’t do so well overall. Reviewing the quiz with the students could provide an opportunity for learning.
- Lighten up a Back to School Night – When I went to my daughter’s back to school night this year her teacher made us parents try a Kahoot quiz about what she had discussed. Let’s just say I tried super hard to win my child a prize!
- Why not try it at a staff meeting – Want to make you coworkers really aware of what they don’t know about an important topic??? Highly motivating and tons of fun!
Tips to consider if you are going to try Kahoot:
- Students can choose their name, but if half of them are Luke Skywalker it gets a little confusing. I try to keep it to first name and Last name initial, when they coerce me to bend my rule, then they at least need to stick with one alias.
- Make sure you give enough time for all the students to login. Keep your eye on your count. No children like to be left out.
- There is a timer you can set according to their general abilities. I would do a few practice runs with the students ahead of time to make sure they are all adept with the program.