How I Use It
Kahoot is a great tool to quickly assess student understanding in the beginning, middle and/or end of a class. it is a tool that you an insert questions into that all students can answer on their smartphones or chrome books. I use it in the classroom to gauge the overall understanding of my students. It creates a fun atmosphere as it has the background instrumental music and a game show environment as students compete to answer a question as quickly as possible. The person who answers quickly and correctly receives the most points. At the end of the quiz there is a 1st , 2nd, and 3rd place winner. This is an engaging way of assessing student learning as students are focused, and practice to activate their thinking quickly and efficiently. This is useful because it gets them activating their prior knowledge on a any particular problem given. I also like to use it as a review by incorporating different learning targets to get students thinking and remembering different concepts taught at any given point. Overall, it’s a fun , quick and efficient way of assessing student learning.
My overall opinion about Kahoot is that is a great tool to get instant feedback regarding the general understanding of my class. It also offers team mode which allows students to collaborate on questions which enables students who are on the lower end to do better. However, the one downside i found was that struggling students at times get intimidated by the speed of others and tend to stop trying. It does not offer many supports for students who have additional needs. However, Having the team mode eliminates some of the anxiety and pressure some students may feel. In addition, it can be difficult to assess the deeper understanding of students as some students as it lends itself to mainly multiple-choice questions. Furthermore, some students simply wait to get an answer and put it in instead of putting forth effort because their focus becomes getting points rather than learning the material. All in all, I would still use Kahoot in my classroom because the benefits highly exceed the drawbacks. I still find many of my students are engaged and thinking quickly and efficiently when i present kahoot within a lesson we are learning.