Teacher Review For Kahoot!

Great interactive tool for formative assessment in the classroom

Rebecca C.
Technology coordinator
Wakonda Elementary School
Omaha, NE
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 2
Support 2
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Practice
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have used Kahoot as a review activity in my classroom when preparing for a summative assessment- like identifying parts of speech, literary terms, or the difference between a simile and metaphor. It works really great for just that...review. It could also be used as a an anticipatory set...you could set up a little quiz to get students thinking about a new topic, or to see what they already know about the topic. Because the tool was so engaging for students (my middle school students LOVE the competitive nature) I even let them "choose" from some of the already-made quizzes during free time to play around with. Be careful with this! Anyone can make their quiz "public," so it's easy to run into false information or just plain bad spelling errors. Teachers should preview the quizzes first.
My Take
Overall a great tool to use for formative assessment, whether it is a review in class, or even to begin a unit to get students thinking. You won't hit super high cognitive thinking here- really just recall-type questions (all multiple choice). I did start creating a couple students accounts as a way to involve my students on a little deeper basis- if THEY create some of the content and quizzes for each other, it requires them to think about the content a bit more.