I first was introduced to Kahoot in 2013 and I am proud to admit that I have been an addict ever since. From day one it was a hit with my students and each and every year it has become better and better as the crew at Kahoot has developed lots of new features.
Kahoot is a part of our every day class room routine and is something my students will not negotiate on, it has to happen every day, the engagement is that high!
Each day we use Kahoot in maths to practice our times table and division facts. Each week we have a focus area e.g. 6 times tables and I have Kahoots made up for each time table and division fact. In Term 1 we work our way through the times tables until we have practiced each one for a week and then we play mixed times table games for the remainder of the school term. If I notice that we are still having difficulties with some times tables then we may revisit those for another week. In Term 2 we move onto the division facts using the same format. From then on we will play mixed times table or division games created by the students.
Students love the competitive nature of the game, with cheers and groans ringing out as students battle to be the daily champion and to see themselves on the podium. We also have Kahoot teams set up with students working to win points for their team from not only being in the top 3 finishers but also for getting a perfect score on their Kahoot. The best feature is Ghost Mode where students can battle against themselves from the start of the week so they can see just how much they have improved.
By simply clicking on your name, you will find a drop down menu with your results shown there. From here you can go back to any game your students have previously played and then let them compete against themselves. I also use this feature when I use Kahoot as a pretest when I introduce a new topic as a great way to see how much students have learnt over a period of time.
This year I also used Kahoot as a great way to practice for our countries standardised testing, not only for maths but also spelling and grammar. It is a perfect fit as a lot of these tests are presented in a multi choice question format, and it is a lot more fun than having students sit practice test after practice test.
I also like to have my students create the Kahoots. Having students create Kahoots to show their knowledge of a topic is a great way to have them extend their thinking beyond basic recall. Students then have to analyse what could be a reasonable answer to put in their Kahoots that is incorrect but could be seen as correct if the student was using flawed logic. By having them see why they answer questions a certain way opens a whole new line of thinking to them. Students are very proud when their Kahoots are played.
The great thing is that there are literally thousands of Kahoots created by teachers all over the World that you can search for and adopt as your own or edit to suit your needs by simply clicking on the find Kahoot button.
I have used Kahoot for Maths, English, History, Geography, to gather information through surveys and even at our recent Parent Open Night where we used Team mode to have parents battle the students for times table supremacy. I am proud to say the students won! One of our highlights was when we Skyped with Kahoot Steph during the Microsoft Global Skypathon and we played a Kahoot where we had to solve the clues to find out where Kahoot Steph lived.
The uses for Kahoot is only limited to you and your students imagination but one thing I can guarantee is that when you see the engagement of the students as they bop along to the music and compete for classroom supremacy, you will be an addict too!