How I Use It
I used Kahoot! as a pre and post assessment tool with 2nd graders for our coding unit. I created a short quiz with 5 multiple choice questions about coding. Each of the 2nd grade classes I teach took the quiz, at the beginning of the unit and then at the end of the unit, after we had learned about coding/computer programming.
What worked & what didn't
Students were extremely excited and motivated. They really loved the instant feedback of being able to see when they got an answer to a question correct right away.
Inevitably, in every class I had students who had some difficulty joining the Kahoot! It was frustrating for the students who had already joined to wait while others struggled. I did find, however, that this inspired a spirit of team effort in which many students helped others to join the Kahoot! I think some of the students who got answers wrong felt bad since it shows right on the screen who did and who didn't get it right. This is a great feature for the teacher who can quickly glance at the screens for realtime, instant assessment data, but it can be embarrassing and/or frustrating for younger students to publicly get things wrong. As the teacher I really love the ability to save quiz results right to my school Google Apps for Education Drive. I also love the amount of data that the results reports give. They offer a clear class breakdown of how all students did per question with percentages and raw numbers, as well as a breakdown by each individual question. In the age of student assessment data, this information is essential in justifying your use of a ed. tech. tool.
I would definitely recommend this tool for it's motivating abilities. My students were so excited they were jumping out of their seats and cheering to take a quiz. I don't know about you, but I have never seen students this excited to take a quiz. It is a robust assessment tool that is packaged like a game. How long it takes to set up really depends the planning of the content (questions and answers). If you have done this work in advance, the actual Kahoot! set up is very quick and easy. If the assessment questions and answers are really well constructed, this tool can really be an extremely effective method for pre, post and formative assessment.
I would love to have a feature that allows for an even more extensive connection to Google Apps for Education. For example, a feature that allows for the save assessment data the teacher receives to be sent to each individual student's Google Drive account so that they can see and review how they did, but with respect for their privacy. I would also love a feature that would allow my low readers and ELL to participate more independently. For example, a question and answer read aloud feature. I had to read all the questions and answers for students, which many often had difficulty hearing over the cheering. Also note, that you really need to be cognizant of the question time feature. I had originally set the timer to 30 secs and found that this was not enough time for 2nd grade, then adjusted it to 60 seconds which seemed to have worked better. Overall, I loved that my students were fully engaged and on task and definitely plan on using it again.