Thursday, 26 February 2015

6 things to Kahoot about

Today I finally used Kahoot with my learners. I'd heard about it last year, but never given it a go until now and already I can see so much potential with this digital learning tool. 

This time used it to recap on what we had learned in the Life Education van last week. Learners were able to show their recall of information and those who didn't remember something had a way to engage with the information in a fun and exciting way.

There were several features of Kahoot which I really liked. 

  1. No student logins. Just give them a Game Pin, a digital device (smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer) and they are ready to go!
  2. It tells you if you the correct answer immediately 
  3. It stops after each question, so you can do a quick bit of teaching for those who weren't correct (or to explain what the other options actually mean)
  4. It keeps a leaderboard telling each individual participant how close they are to the person ahead of them, great motivational feature. 
  5. You get a spreadsheet of who answered for analysis, which can be saved straight to your Google Drive. 
  6. The children love it!
Kahoot also offers a survey and discussion features which I yet to try out, but am looking forward to using. 
The only downside I have found so far is that it's only multi-choice, that aside, it's a great tool to motivate engage and learn through. 

If you're still not convinced try our Kahoot about body systems and the brain

Updated April 8th 2015

This term I also used Kahoot to give students time to practice using google to search for information on the internet. Previous experience shows me that learners don't know how to use keywords, merely typing their whole question or using keywords which are not related to what they want to find out. 
So I set up a current events Kahoot, that learners would need to search answers for. I prompted them to open Google search in another tab and gave 120 seconds per question to be answered. For the first few we paused and discussed who used what keywords to search, what was the most effective? 
As the quiz continued they got faster and faster at searching.  I will definitely repeat this lesson and maybe use it as a formative assessment for our next topic study. 

This blogpost relates to RTC 9.iii. Modify teaching approaches to address the needs of individuals and groups of ākonga. 

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