Kahoot! Requires a teacher login, but nothing from the students (more on them later). To get started with Kahoot, teachers need a log in. To set this up, go to www.getkahoot.com and click on “get my free account.” Then, select teacher, enter a username, email address and a password. That’s it!
Once you’re in, get started on a quiz. Either select the quiz button or the new k! button in the top left of the page. The first step is creating a quiz name which can be edited later. Then we are straight in to adding questions. Each question is typed at the top of the page. Images can be added, although they do appear quite small. Don’t worry if your image looks strange when added and has bits of text on top, it will be fine in the finished quiz. You can change the amount of time allocated for each question using the drop down menu in the top right, the minimum time is 10 seconds and maximum is 120. You must enter at least one correct answer (can be more) and can have between 2 and 4 possible answers. If you see a negative red number next to your answer or question, then you have exceeded the character limit. You can add more questions at the bottom of the pages, and move between them. When finished, click save and continue.
The next section askes you for a description of your quiz. This is to help other teachers find the right quiz to suit their needs. When entering in tags, use one word general phrases like “GCSE” “maths” “sequences” “higher”.
Finaly, Kahoot! Will ask you for an optional picture or video. This will play/be shown whilst the class waits for all their peers to connect. I usually go for a maths joke to get some good groans!
For the students, Kahoot! Is even simpler. Pupils do not require any log in at all. When you click play on your quiz, it will go to a menu showing a game code. This code and the website kahoot.it is all the pupils need. It can be accessed by any device capable of accessing the internet. Theyw ill be asked to enter the game pin and a nickname and that is it!
During class use, the game can be controlled by the teacher. The questions and possible answers appear on the board next to four colours. Students see these four colours on their device and must pick the correct one as quickly as possible! Questions can be skipped or reviewed at any point. After each question, you will get a score update and the top 5 will show on the board. Students always know what position they are in as it shows ont their devices.
Once the game has finished, students can rate the quiz and give other feedback. Teachers can download a spreadsheet showing each teams performance, which can be great to use to highlight misconceptions.
· Simple and quick
· Addictive and fun
· Great search facility
· Adaptable: can be for individual, pair or group work
· Can be used on any device
· Character limit is frustrating
· Pictures are often too small and cant be edited well
· The standby facility on mobile devices can cause players to drop out
Below is my youtube channel and a video showing kahoot! in action!