Kahoot is one of my favourite tools to use in the classroom. Students love it, and they are always engaged when I use it.
For those of you that have never used Kahoot before, Kahoot is a platform where you can create quizzes, discussions and surveys. The Kahoot is displayed via a TV or projector, and participants enter the game pin to play. For more information on how to create a Kahoot or use a Kahoot that has already been made, visit http://blog.getkahoot.com/.
How I use Kahoot in my classroom:
Sparking interest at the beginning of a topic/unit
At the beginning of a unit, I like to create a quiz to spark an interest with my students. Often I do inquiries where the students choose their own topic based on a theme. By participating in a Kahoot quiz I am able to get the students thinking about possible topics they might like to choose for their inquiries. I also use Kahoots as a way to gauge where my students are at before we start a new topic in subjects such as math.
I like to use Kahoot quizzes as a formative assessment, where the students can have fun participating in the quiz (as well as learning new information from the quiz). At the same time I am able to collect valuable data about where the students are at with their learning. One of the best features of Kahoot is that it collates the data for me in a downloadable spreadsheet, where I can see if students are struggling with anything in particular.
Students create their own quizzes for others
A great way to enhance the learning process is to get students to create their own quizzes. Students need a solid understanding of the content to be able to create questions and answers (where the wrong answers are also fairly realistic), so the process of creating the quiz reinforces the information that they have learnt. I often make the students work in small groups to create the quizzes, and the collaboration and peer-teaching that happens can create a great learning environment - both for the students that are teaching others and for the students that are learning from their peers. The other students then get to participate in the quizzes that their classmates have created.
Collecting student voice
Having students participate in a Kahoot survey is a great way to collect student voice. As I have already mentioned, all of the data is collated in a spreadsheet so I can then use this information to improve my own teaching.
For a brain-break or a reward
My students are always asking if we can do another Kahoot. Therefore, I often use it as a reward at the end of class or just as a brain-break for 5 minutes or so. I use the Kahoots that have been made public (there are thousands), and it is also a great way of letting my students improve their general knowledge.