The wonders of Kahoot

Rarely have I seen a class of 16-year-olds as eager as when I introduced them to Kahoot in a Spanish lesson not long ago! Kahoot is a free, interactive quiz maker, and is very easy to use. You simply type in the questions you want and add up to four alternatives. This may only sound like any ordinary quiz you have done before, either for fun or for more educational purposes (or both, as if the two need to exclude each other). The difference becomes apparent when you learn that everybody participates at the same time, under the pressure of a limited time and some pacy music. Each student needs to join in with a pin code and username. After each question, each student can see how well he or she performed on that question compared to the others, based on how quickly the student chose the correct alternative. Everyone will see the correct result on the big screen in the classroom, and also how many who chose which alternative, and who is in the top five.

My questions were rather mundane — asking about grammar and food in Spanish. So why did everyone engage in this as if they were about to win thousands of kroner? I believe we are all born to play, and we are also competitive by nature, it’s just that as you grow older, you sometimes downplay these sides of yourself outside the sports fields. But this was all forgotten during the first ever Kahoot in my class. An unexpected highlight here was that it was one of the quieter girls who was the first to win. The second attempt had to be interrupted after only three questions due to technical problems, but it was charming to see that a girl who struggles with the language and who never raises her hand won that round.

After this little jewel was introduced at my school it seems like every teacher wants to try it out on their students. Let’s just hope that the students will not get tired of it. As a entertaining recap and an educational game, it works very well.

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7 svar til The wonders of Kahoot

  1. silke sier:

    Hi Christian,
    it sounds like you had all a lot of fun. I have never used Kahoot, so I have some questions, as always. You say, that it was nice that a quiet girl won the first round. What about those that never win or are never under the first five? What about those students who are good in Spanish, but work at a different pace? Does the program include possibilities of team building? Can you include more problem-based questions so that people are rewarded that have a deeper grip and are not just fast? In general I am always for fun and games but as teachers we always have to look at it from every possible angle, don’t we?
    Hope you are enjoying your break

  2. cstrangerj sier:

    Kahoot only shows the top students, although it it possible for the teacher to check the performance of each student afterwards. Each student will see their «position» for each question, on their own screen.

    Kahoot is not a tool to be used VERY often, and never should it be used to assess anyone, because reaction time is part of the process, and some students might just quickly guess, rather than think. You have to choose among four alternatives, and you can make your questions as simple or hard as you want. I also assume that you can have more than one correct answer.

    I have found that the students seem to enjoy this very much, regardless of level. The reason I mentioned the quiet girl is that I have had some difficulty reaching her, and with this game she was one big smile. Another student who is even more quiet and at a lower level won the second round.

    I have not seen any options for team building, but students could work together on the same screen under one name, even though this does not seem to be the intention. Kahoot might develop further for what I know, but for now, I think both the students and I see this as an excellent way of doing something else in class, while repeating things we have gone through.

  3. fredrikmr sier:

    Kahoot is a gift from the Gods (thank you Alf Inge Wang!), and based on well-sounded pedagogical principles. Also, Professor Wang recently won a prize for the software:

  4. Hildegunn sier:

    A fun quiz programme. Where does the name come from?

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