How I Use It
This year was our first year creating a "Mathlete" team to compete against several different high schools in our area. During prep for the competition, we had meet and used Kahoot to engage my students in practicing their skills. Our meeting times were only for 30 minutes at a time, so Kahoot was a great way to maximize our time together. I created the multiple choice questions based on the samples that were sent to us in a matter of minutes. My students walked in, grabbed their snacks and in a matter of minutes they were either on the platform via their cell phone or a Chromebook. Easy set up; students learn the expectations of the app immediately, which is beneficial for the overall efficiency of a classroom.
Nothing about the product was unproductive for my students. It was used as a check in and reminder of concepts that they would be seeing at this competition. It resembled the likeness of a competition like atmosphere which they would be engaged in once they attended the Math Meet. It was engaging for my students and even sparked the interest of other students to join our team moving from 7 students to 16 by the time of the competition.
At the end of a question, we were able to discuss what supports and additional clarification my students needed.
It was used as a great review tool. It would be great before a summative assessment in a teacher led based class. I also like the idea of students using it as a review tool for themselves before taking any type of assessment in class. They could even do it for one another, peer to peer as an assignment.
This works for any subject, not just math. There are pre-made assessments that are shared by several other teachers around the world. I would use caution to check through the entirety of those to make sure they are hitting all of the concepts/procedures you would like to address in your assessments.
We have used it also as an entire school as an engaging activity during advisory days or at an assembly as well.
My students know the theme music so well that they start humming along with it.
I really enjoy how user friendly this teaching tool can be. It is simplistic and easy to understand. This would be a great tool for any teacher as well as any students who know how to navigate using a computer program.
I think it is a great review tool for students. I believe it engages students thoroughly. Students can play as themselves or work together with their peers as a team competition.
I would recommend small groups of 2 or 3 to eliminate the anxiousness students may feel in a bigger group. You want to make sure each student has the ability to speak their mind when collaborating with their peers to answer these questions.
You can set the time limit to respond for each question. It could change on the type of class you have allowing for more processing time for those students who need additional support if needed.
You can add pictures to all of the questions. They have an image library, you can upload your own and you can also add a YouTube Link if you would like. They also provide a Question Bank search tool to search form millions of community created questions as well as the ones you create yourself. You can also import questions from an Excel/Numbers/Sheets Spreadsheet option. There are pre-made templates for available as well.
You can make it competitive or just for fun based your students abilities, skills and competitive levels.
I think this is a very user-friendly, engaging educational learning tool for all students!