Teacher Review For Kahoot!

Trivia-style Review Game is Fun AND Helps with Retention/Discussion

Wheatley D.
Classroom teacher
Warren Mott High School
Warren, MI
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My Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects World Languages
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My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 2
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Practice
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use Kahoot with all of my Spanish students at the high school level. Students really enjoy this as a review game. In fact, students from 9th through 12th grade request Kahoot on a regular basis. Kahoot provides a way to review content in a trivia, buzz-in-style, game. Students use their phones (or other web-connected devices, like tablets or laptops) to play while the teacher controls the pace of the game using a computer and a projector. The questions pop up on the large screen and then the answers follow. Students then use their devices to choose from the answer set. To get started, they enter a code that is unique to your "game" and their username. Make sure to warn students that these names should be school appropriate--or require that they use their actual names, if you prefer. Thankfully there is a very easy "click to delete" option if any inappropriate names pop up. As you play, students earn points based on speed and accuracy. They love that there is a leader board which shows after each question and they compete to be in the top 5 each round. The one big issue we had with Kahoot is if there is a lack of devices. I generally use it with classes of about 30 students, and often only about 18 have a phone or device, so we have to team up. If you are working at a one-to-one school or have a laptop cart, etc, then you will not run into this issue. Sometimes it helps to remind students the day before to bring in a device.
My Take
Overall, Kahoot is a blast. It is fun to hear students processing out loud as they try to figure out answers and they often learn from their mistakes and/or ask questions as to why something was wrong, etc. This tool works great for drilling vocabulary or other concepts that can easily fit into a multiple choice scheme. I also love that you can use images in the question, or as prompts. For example, for students to learn the verb "barrer"/"to sweep", they are prompted with a simply image of someone sweeping. This helps eliminate the English factor altogether and to associate the word directly with what it means. I mainly use Kahoot's premade sets, but teachers can create their own content sets, which is wonderful. After making a set, you can share it with the Kahoot community (yay!) or you can keep it private. There is also a way to use Kahoot as an assessment and gather students' scores, etc. I have not tried this yet, but it definitely interests me. In closing, if your reviews need some pepping up, try Kahoot! Your students will thank you.