How I Use It
My students use this site a couple of times a quarter. They become very excited on Kahoot! days. I use this site as a review for unit tests. This also helps me see if all students did not get a particular concept or if all students really understand the topic. As a teacher, you can see immediate if students understand a particular concept. Kahoot will tell you how many students answered the question correctly and how many students answered the question incorrectly.
Students get to chose their own names (you do not have to come up with usernames and passwords for them). They can get into your Kahoot game fairly quickly with your classroom code. It takes them less than 5 minutes to get into your quiz. The only set up you have to do is come up with your questions. I usually like to pull as many test questions as I can. Creating a Kahoot can take a little as 15 minutes.
Students get immediate feedback on whether or not they answered a question correctly or incorrectly. They get VERY COMPETITIVE during this time. You can expect yelling during this time. However, I usually allow that because it means the students are ENGAGED in your lesson.
Usually, I tell the students that the TOP WINNER will receive BONUS POINTS on their unit exam. I also tell students that if they are in the top 5 (Leader Board) they will receive candy :). In middle schools, candy is a big incentive!
What doesn't work- Don't allow students to create their own names. This allows them to come up with VERY INAPPROPRIATE names. Tell students that they must use their first names ONLY. However, if a student does use an inappropriate name or they are getting out of hand, you can kick them out of the game (thankfully).
If you have a student who has a difficult time reading (lower ability learners), make sure you are reading the questions out loud so they understand what the game is asking.
My overall opinion about this course is that it is GREAT! Students come into my classroom every day and ask if we are going to "play" Kahoot! You can imagine their disappointment when I tell them "not today". Some times we repeat the Kahoot, so students get another chance at questions they may have answered incorrectly.
As a teacher, I can see if my students are actually ready to take the unit exam or if I need to go over some concepts more. I looked at my unit exam grades from last year to this year and there was a HUGE jump! I can thank Kahoot for that. Students can review the material and be ENGAGED the entire class period. It also allows me to see if I need to explain a concept differently.