How I Use It
I use Kahoot with my general education class and a special needs class and have found it to be beneficial and engaging to all students. I found out about this program from a student I was tutoring, he was so excited and engaged in creating and playing with Kahoot, I thought that I had to give it a try in my classroom. I have used Kahoot for review for exams and it has really made review something my students look forward to. While they do love the idea of playing a fun game that requires quick thinking, some students tend to just guess when submitting their answer, because the students who submit the first answers receive the most points. To create a kahoot, the teacher types in a question, answers, and can set the amount of time the question stays on the board (I change the time given based on the literacy ability of my students.) If you want to include media with your questions (such as a picture) building a kahoot can be quite time consuming.
Overall, I enjoy using this program for quick reviews in class. We have played the game as a full class and in small groups. Students love the fact that the leader board shows on the projector after each question, but I encourage students to submit random user names if they do not want their rank to be made public in class. While this is a fun game and students are excited to play, if you play the same kahoot too many times, students tend to memorize answers rather than thinking about the correct answer to the question. It would be nice to have the questions and answers to questions randomized automatically, so students would be discouraged from memorizing the answers.