This week we were encouraged to do some research on an app that we were unfamiliar with. As soon as we began discussing some options, an idea immediately popped into my head! I decided that I wanted to take a closer look at the app/website called Kahoot! I have some experience playing Kahoot games in both high school and university classes, yet I don’t have a extensive understanding of how the app actually works or what it is capable of in terms of education.
I did a google search in order to find the Kahoot.com website and then visited their “What is Kahoot” page. It was here that I found out that the purpose of Kahoot is to allow educators (or anyone who pleases) to be able to create learning games that allow students to interact via technology. Whether creating quizzes that test course content or simply surveying a group of students, Kahoot has multiple educational uses.
How to Use Kahoot:
- Signing Up: Before creating or searching for a Kahoot, you must first sign up as either a teacher, student, socially, or at work. You then choose how you want to sign up (google, microsoft, or email).
You will then be prompted to create a username and fill in other basic information. The process is very simple and easy to follow so you shouldn’t have any trouble setting up an account.
- Creating & Searching for Kahoots:
Below I have attached a video that I created using Screencastify with step-by-step instructions on how to make your own Kahoot, as well as how to search for Kahoots made by others.
You can find a more extensive description of all the different ways to play Kahoot by following this link here.
- Kahoot.com is used for making and searching for Kahoots, while Kahoot.it is used for players to type in the game PIN and participate.
- While Kahoot is a great tool for teachers, anyone can use it!
- Kahoot is FREE!
- Very easy to use/create (step-by-step instruction)
- Increases student engagement (fast-paced, exciting)
- Exposes children to friendly competition
- Incorporates visual, sound, and textual components
- Allows for the use of technology in the classroom
- Encourages students to share ideas and communicate with each other
- Teachers can track student engagement and progress
- Can be used to combat test anxiety (less stressful)
- Students can create their own Kahoots to show their knowledge
- Connecting students and teachers around the world
This is a video I found on YouTube that shows how students of all ages and from all around the world can participate and enjoy Kahoot in the classroom!
- Some schools/students may not have the devices needed to participate
- Some students may get distracted while using electronic devices
- The wifi connections must be strong in order to have many students participate at one time
Kahoot In The Classroom:
As you can see from my lists above, Kahoot’s strengths greatly outnumber it’s weaknesses. Kahoot can be an amazing tool for teachers because it is a whole new way to educate students in a way that they both enjoy and benefit from. No matter what subject is being taught, Kahoot can be used to assist all teachers. Kahoot’s flexibility means that it can be used for classes of all ages. People who are 6 years old can enjoy the app just as much as those who are 16 or even 60! When it comes to Kahoot, the sky really is the limit.
In relation to the SAMR Model, which is used to assist teachers in incorporating technology into the classroom, I believe that Kahoot would fit under the Augmentation category! The app/website replaces basic paper and pencil work and relies on the use of technology to be more efficient and approachable by both students and educators alike.
I am now a huge fan of Kahoot! Having had the opportunity to play, create, and search for different Kahoots, I can say with confidence that this is one tool that all teachers should try out! It’s simple to use and the students absolutely love it! I think that it is rare to be able to find methods of educating students that are equally enjoyable and productive! With this in mind, I believe that programs like Kahoot are too good not to utilize.
**NOTE: If you have any trouble with Kahoot, I encourage you to check out their frequently asked question page here! Any question that I had was already answered by reading what others shared!
I would love to hear what everyone else has to say about Kahoot! Don’t be afraid to leave your thoughts in the comments!