Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Kahoot!

Hello! Today’s post is about a resource that we can use to gamify our class: Kahoot.

Screenshot from Kahoot.it by Benjamin Wlacil. Taken from Wikimedia Commons

But, what is Kahoot? The website defines it as a gamified student-response system. I have used it when I was teaching Spanish as a Second Language to review before exams and it has worked very well. It helped me and my students see what they knew and what they didn’t understand well or had to study more and it gave me a chance to focus more on explaining what they didn’t know. My students loved it and found it much more engaging and fun than a regular review session. In my experience it works better in bigger groups (at least 15 students) than in smaller classes.

As teachers, we can create a Kahoot on https://getkahoot.com/ or use an already created one. We can write multiple choice questions to which we can add an image, a video or an audio. Once we have all the questions we can decide if we want to randomize them or use them in a set order. We can also choose how much time we want to give them per question to answer.

In class we need a computer and a projector. We need to pull it up so that our students can see the questions. They can use their cell phone, tablet, laptop or any device that can connect to the Internet to participate. They have to go to https://kahoot.it/ They enter the pin that appears on our screen and choose a nickname. On our screen the entire class can see the nicknames of all the participants in the game. Once they have all logged in, we click on “Start” and that takes us to the first question. The students get points based on the correct answer but also on speed (i.e. the first person to select the right option gets more points). Once they have all chosen an option or the time runs out, it shows us the ranking, the correct option and how many people chose each option. That way we know if they know the material we are testing with the question. If almost everyone chose the right option, it means they know it. If there are a lot of people that chose other options, then we need to review the concept.

Below you can watch a five-minute guide to Kahoot.


Have you used Kahoot in your classes? How was your experience? Let me know in the comments.

I hope you found this post useful. Thank you for reading!

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