August 18, 2016

Tech in the Classroom - Kahoot



This week we are talking about Kahoot! Have you heard of it or does it sound like something from a cartoon?! Well today I want to take some time to share with you what I have learned and how you can utilize it in your classroom.

No I am not a tech guru or an expert in these apps BUT I am just like you. I love the idea of technology and I learn through hands on use!

So, What Is Kahoot?

A fun way to create learning games for you to use in your classroom. Each student gets to play by using their own device. However, your students do not need to create an account! They simply put in the game pin for the kahoot you want them to play.

Each student will be working on their own device. However, there is full classroom engagement as the students are only using their device to respond to the questions. The rest of their time they are engaged with the teacher.

How To Play

The teacher goes to create.kahoot.it and signs in.


From there you can create your own kahoot or select one from over 9 million! Let's pick one for James and the Giant Peach.  When you select you kahoot it will pop up the screen below. This screen shows your students the code they enter to join your game. You will see the number of players on the left hand side. When it reaches to as many students as in your class, click start. 

Below is the screen that your students will see. They put in the game code and their nickname to play. (Now, your students may try to put in an inappropriate name. Kahoot has got your back! Simply click on their name in the "lobby" before you start the game. This will kick them out of the game and they will have to re-enter.)

Now remember your students are engaged and need to be paying attention to the teacher. Only the teacher's computer is displaying the question and multiple choice answers. 

From there your students will then look back to their device or computer and select the answer with the corresponding image.

What a fun way to do a review?!
Now when your students select their response they will then get either a correct or incorrect screen. The incorrect screen will show them the correct answer on the bottom.

The teacher page will show what answer the students selected but not the name of the students. I really like this feature because there will be no embarrassment for the students who may have selected incorrect responses. 


How to Create a Kahoot

On the main screen you are going to select the purple New K! button.
Choose the type of kahoot you would like to create.


From there it is pretty self explanatory. Give your kahoot (game) a title and description. Chose who can see you kahoot, your audience and click go!
Next you will put in your questions. You will chose the correct response and also if you want to award points. (Points are based on who responds most quickly.) You may wish to start out with not awarding points.

Why Use Kahoot?

Technology is everywhere. As I have said before it can be overwhelming, especially if you are not sure where to start.

There is a reason I wrote about Kahoot first, it is so easy to implement! I want you to be excited about it and jump right in and use it as a survey for the start of school!

First day you can jump in and use this pre-made Summer Break Kahoot!

Kahoot is really out to make learning fun. You students will also appreciate being able to use technology. Teaching older students? Let them break out their cell phones! There is so much positive surrounding this one simple tool.

Read More

Kahoot has got your back with all of the information on how to use this platform. Read here for step by step instructions! 

Watch

Watch me create a kahoot and show you around the site! 



Tell me if you try it or how you use Kahoot in your classroom! 

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