Sunday, March 2, 2014

Best thing EVAH! - Kahoot!

I have not blogged in SOOOO long!  I have been exhausted this year in a way I can't even really explain.   I have had a lot of personal stuff get in my way and just haven't been feeling it.   I have thought,  "I need to blog this", many times but just haven't gotten around to it,  but I CANNOT NOT share this! 

Do you know Kahoot?   If not,  you need to.  It is the easiest, most fun way to get a quick read of how your students are doing, and they LOVE it.   You can easily apply it to ANY subject area and use it during anytime during the day.

It works sort of like bar trivia. You go to getkahoot.com  and sign up for an account.   It is completely painless, it really only asks your name and email I think.  You build a quiz (takes minutes) and give it a name.   
You can use it immediately or launch it later.   When you choose to launch it,  project it and students will be given a game pin.
Students can use any platform to log in - cell phones, iPads, desktops, laptops... whatever!    They simply go to the site kahoot.it and type in the game pin and a name or nickname.   They do not sign up for an account,  no passwords, no logging in (woot-woot).   
As they log in, your screen populates so you can tell if everyone is in.   Then you start the quiz.  The questions pop up on your screen and students answer on their device.   If you have a full class set of devices you can do this all at once,  or you can do it relay style or in small groups.   After each question,  a leaderboard is displayed, so students can see who the top 5 are in the room at anytime.   It tells them on their own screen where they rank if they are not in the top five.   They get points for speed and accuracy.   My second graders BEG me to play this everyday.   EV-ER-EE single day.   But I LOVE it!   They are constantly practicing and begging me to do it.   Holla!  
There is also a handy feature at the end that lets you print out how they did (meaning you can take a grade),  and what questions they need to work on.   And you can SHARE quizzes.   Every time to you launch a quiz it gets a new game pin - so you don't need to worry about other people getting onto your quiz at the same time.   

I have used this in EVERY subject now and have only been using it for a week!   I have created a government quiz,  a few math fact quizzes, a quiz on contractions,  the phases of the moon... anything you can make into a multiple choice or true or false answer!

This is LIFE CHANGING people!   Seriously.   I am in love with Kahoot!  Give it a try!  



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3 comments:

  1. Definitely trying this out! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Marcy
    Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

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  2. Hi Heidi! This has been a very helpful post. Thanks! I am going to check out Kahoot and try it in my classroom. I found your blog through a comment you left on a product you purchased from my store. I like to visit people who have supported me, so thank you, and I'm glad your kiddos are enjoying their government game!
    Susan Hardin
    3rd Grade Grapevine

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