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Kahoot is the very first tool I ever blogged about on my website, back in April 2016. It's a tool I still use almost every week since the students love it so much. The tool has come up with new features, which is why I'm spending another blog on it.
Kahoot is a great quizzing tool. The regular version allows a teacher to make multiple choice questions. In a fast game, played on mobile phones or other devices, the students have to pick the right answer. The faster the answer is submitted, the more points received. The time limit and the information provided ("You're 12 points behind James!") makes the students very competitive and enthusiastic. Quite recently, Kahoot came up with 'streak'. If a student gets two or more questions in a row right, they are rewarded with extra points.
A new idea for Kahoot is for example the so-called Blind Kahoot, which can be used during instruction. Instead of formatively testing students' knowledge, the Kahoot is used to pique their interest. The first question has to catch them off guard. After explaining the first question and discussing the rules that go with it, the second question can help to reinforce the concept. Watch the video below for more information:
Another new way of Kahooting is Jumble. Instead of multiple choice questions, the students have to put names or events in the correct order. For example putting the first three monarchs of Great Britain in the correct order. In this game, the fact that accuracy works better than speed, is emphasised.
- Very engaging
- Keeps improving
- Students love it!
- Logging on may take some time
Have you ever used Kahoot? Please leave a comment!
Any other suggestions for ICT tools? Please let me know!
Irene van der Spoel (1996)