Semester Review? Get a Kahoot!

Monday, our first day back from the holidays, and I have first crack at energizing teachers in our first edtech PD session of the new year. Batter up. First pitch: Kahoot! . . . Homerun!¬†From the first question, it was game on! I’ve never seen a group of teachers (especially high school) get so excited and turn as competitive as my @dubiskijaguars crew. If you haven’t tried it, it’s a must.

Kahoot Options

Kahoot touts itself as a “game-based classroom response system.” In a nutshell teachers (and students) can create quizzes (called Kahoots), discussion, or survey questions for their audience. It’s a super easy process, and users can also add pictures or video to customize each question. Using any Internet-enabled device, participants enter the game. When the Kahoot is launched, they’re given a URL and a specific game-pin to play. No accounts needed! The madness begins as players race to answer questions in real time, are awarded points for each correct answer, and compete to see whose name tops the leader board throughout the game.

In addition, teachers have the option to search the public database for Kahoots. That’s what I did even though I had created my own. It was a great way to demonstrate how sharing resources can make for great teaching and learning – that whole, “Why reinvent the wheel?” thing. I duplicated a Pre-AP world geography Kahoot from user filmpatterson¬†and was able to make a few edits that I wanted. The cool part is my dashboard indicates that the Kahoot is a copy and still gives credit to the original creator!

Kahoot Dashboard

Our staff quickly realized that each question was timed, as they frantically raced to score points. As I readied them for the next question, we talked about how the learning continues through discussions as they facilitate each round. It was a gold mine of curiosity, learning, excitement and engagement – everything we want in a positive learning environment – and many were already preparing for use in their own classrooms. Didn’t take long. Semester exams are next week. Guess what became the top choice for review? I love making teachers happy . . .