Everyone seems to know about Socrative and a few other tools to help quiz students in “new and exciting ways.” Recently I have had quite a hoot with Kahoot, and yes I realize that phrasing was bad. It makes quick quizzing and review a lot more fun, and I actually mean fun. While it sticks to traditional multiple choice answers, it’s also colorful and kind of exciting.
Students use their smart devices like their own phones, tablets, or laptops if they have them, and follow along with the main screen in the classroom. Students would be able to use their personal devices if schools don’t provide smart devices for them, or a computer lab could be utilized.
You can start a quiz, a discussion, or a survey super fast. The setup time is only as long as you take to type in your questions and then Kahoot is ready to go. For now lets just talk about the quizzes, my favorite part. You type in your questions, add an image or video if it’s necessary, and then type in some possible answers. As far as setup goes that’s all there is to it. When it’s time to start the quiz you open it up on the projector or whatever large screen is available in the classroom, students pull out their smart devices and go to kahoot.it. On the screen there is a PIN that students type in to their devices and they join in. Students not only get points for the correct answer but for how fast they answer. It makes the quiz competitive and I’ve seen students get super into earning more points than their friends about a book that they read.
Survey and discussion both work a bit differently. Survey is similar to the quiz but doesn’t assign points. Discussion allows for free response, and the best part is these responses appear on the screen. So you could ask a question like, “What do you think will happen next?” when reading through a novel together. Students can see each others thoughts and as a class you can discuss the classes thoughts without having to pull those thoughts out of them.
Kahoot isn’t doing much new, but it brings together elements that have been done and adds some fun to them. A competitive element to a quiz makes it more fun and gets students more engaged. On top of that it’s way more colorful than any tool I’ve seen like it.