You Oughta Know About Kahoot!


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Thanks for joining me for the January edition of the You Oughta Know blog hop. I’m so excited for you to join me and my blogging friends. Let me ask you a question…do you Kahoot? Have no idea what I’m talking about? Well, that’s why I think that you oughta know about the fun and exciting interactive game called Kahoot!


 
As described on their website, https://getkahoot.com/, Kahoot! is a game-based classroom response system. My first graders are SO competitive and Kahoot! definitely captures their attention the entire time we are playing. I use iPads to play Kahoot! in my classroom. But I love that teachers and students can use this system with computers too.

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To use Kahoot! you simply have to create a profile and then set to work either making a quiz, survey, or a poll. Here are my kahoots, as they are called.

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Each Kahoot! game will have its own unique game-pin. This will be what your students enter in first. I display this on my Promethean board so that all of my students can log in at the same time.

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It looks the same on an iPad…

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…as it does on a laptop or desktop computer.

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Next, your students will enter their name. When I play in groups, I have my students just use their initials. Seventeen first graders trying to type their names is just not a good idea.
 
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Your students will know that they have joined the game when they see this on their screen AND…
 
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…when they see their name show up.
 
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Once all of your kids are in, you can begin with the questions. This is a Kahoot! that I made for our story this week, Amelia Bedelia. When creating the questions, you can make them worth points or you can choose not to make them worth points.
 
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This is what the students will see on their screen. They’ll have to look on the board to view the question and the choices. Then, they touch the shape for the correct answer. There is a timer for each question. It ranges from 30 seconds to 120 seconds.
 
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I love that the game will let them know if there answer is correct or incorrect.
 
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The game also uses a graph to show how all of your students answered the question.
 
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The scoreboard shows how many points were earned and the position of each player. You earn more points for answering quickly.
 
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At the end of the quiz, the game will announce the winner. Go and try Kahoot! at least one time in your classroom. My kids literally beg me to use Kahoot! every day. What’s best is that there are tons of kahoots that are already made. So, if you want to practice with your class using a pre-made kahoot game, you have that option. With a little searching, you can find a kahoot on just about any topic.






16 comments

  1. Thanks for host the blog hop. This looks like a fun way to assess my students, I'm sure my kidos would love this. Thanks for sharing!
    http://anchoredinlearning.blogspot.com/

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  2. That is amazing! Thanks for sharing! I've heard of Plickers, but not Kahoot. Is it an app on the iPads or do they just go to the website? Also, do you know if it would work on iPod touch devices?

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    1. It's actually just web-based. I think they are working on an app, but for now you just type in the website. If your iPod touch devices have access to the Internet, they will work with them too. Thanks for stopping by Meghan!

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  3. My students would love this! I've never heard of it before. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It is always an exciting time when we play Kahoot in my classroom so I know your kids will love it as well :-)

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  4. What a fun site. Kids love playing games. I live that you can use it with anything. This will be very handy as classes start reviewing for testing in the spring.
    Debbie
    Crockett's Classroom . . . Forever in Third Grade

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    1. Yes they do! And yes it would be a great review for testing. Thanks for the idea Debbie!

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  5. Wow! I'm going to pass this idea along to a friend of mine who has 12 learn pads! I wish I had more for my classroom, too. This would be so great!
    21st Century K

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    1. Yes, please do! It is lots of fun. My kids really get competitive but they are learning at the same time.

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  6. What an amazing resource! Such a fun way to practice!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Mrs. Plemons' Kindergarten

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  7. I've heard of Kahoot before, but had never seen it applied in a classroom. I'll definitely look into it more.
    Teaching, Love, Cupcakes

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  8. Thank you for this. As soon as I am done reading all the blogs on the blog hop, I am going to sign up and create some items. Thanks also for the blog hop. What a great way to share with others!

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  9. Jasmine, I ALMOST also posted about Kahootz! Great minds think alike =P
    Thanks for hosting again. You're ARE awesome!!

    A LoveLi Class

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  10. I love that it works on the computer and iPad! Thanks for hosting this link-up!

    Tara
    The Math Maniac

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