How I Use It
I use Kahoot as a review of important terms, academic vocabulary, identifications, or other information for a lesson or unit. I usually search for a pre-created Kahoot and then add, remove, and change questions to fit my standards. I can change the time given for each question based on the question asked. Students sign in with their names, and we go through the questions. After each question, we stop and discuss the correct answer and why the other answers are incorrect. I usually do 10 - 20 questions a session about once a week. Kahoot also provides data to the teacher that I then use to inform grouping and instruction for the next class.
Kahoot is a great resource, but it also has the possibility of being used very poorly in the classroom. Some issues I've seen as a coach in other classrooms can cause some instructional issues. The teacher should have students enter a name that is identifiable to the teacher. Because the top student names show up in quiz mode, if students/teachers are not comfortable with that, an identifier should be created so that the teacher can still gather data from the quizzes.
If the questions move too fast, or if focus moves away from learning, switch to survey mode, which is not timed and does not have a points component.
It's also important that the teacher and learners stop and discuss correct answers at some point, either during the quiz, or the next day if the teacher is using the quiz as an exit slip.
Students can grow tired of Kahoot, especially if it is used every day, or if the teacher is using too many questions in a session. I've been in classes where the teacher was doing over 50 questions a session, and I saw lack of engagement in the students, which is uncommon with this website.