Do you KaHoot?

20 March 2016
Do you KaHoot? KaHoot is easy to use and a quick tool for assessment that is fun and fast paced!
My third grade students love to use it as a review tool before content tests. I love it for its instant feedback for both students and myself. Below is a quick overview of the steps on how to use KaHoot in your classroom. 
After creating an account at https://getkahoot.com/ you can either create your own quiz from scratch or as I like to do search for public quizzes then edit for my needs. This week I noticed my students had a difficult time with reference sources so I worked on this during my planning time that day. I searched for an existing quiz, edited for my needs, then we were ready to review. You can have 2-4 choices for each question, an option to upload an image, and an unlimited amount of questions. You can select it to auto progress for a faster-paced game or as I prefer, manual progression so we can discuss after each question. 
Students can use any Internet enabled device. We've used both desktops and iPADS in class and the laptops in the lab. Students go to https://kahoot.it they don't need any software since it's web-based. Students type in the 6-digit code, type their name, and are ready to go! That's seriously the hardest part. My third graders have also partnered up with Kindergartners to help type the numerical code and their names before. Once everyone is in, the game is on!
For each question it will also have an image if you uploaded one, and the multiple choices with a color and symbol for each. Students' screens will show just the color and symbol so this is when a large projector screen will help. Unfortunately the answers have to be text and can not be images. With Kindergartners I have had an image as the question, ask them to count the objects, and several numerals as the choices. 
One of KaHoot's greatest assets I believe is the instant feedback. Students' screens will have instant feedback after the timer is complete and everyone has answered. On the teacher screen, it will have a graph with the correct choice and the frequency of each selected answer. I use this as a teaching point to discuss common misconceptions. It does not say who answered each, but will project a tally of students' total points after each question. 
The last awesome part of KaHoot is it makes it easy peasy to use as a piece of assessment data. After the quiz, you can save directly to your Google Drive or download scores. I take these scores, use them as a quiz grade, and determine who may need further remediation. 
I hope you found this overview helpful and are encouraged to use this tool for a fun and easy lesson with your students this week. If you use KaHoot, please share any tips you have  and awesome ways you use it in your classroom. 

1 comment:

  1. We love KaHoot! KaHoot also has a great feature - Ghost Mode. We've used it for pre/post assessment. You can play a KaHoot once and save the scores. After you've taught content, you can go back in and play against yourself and try and beat your scores. Or, you can play another class. So fun!

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