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Day 12 #30DC14: Learning Activities with Kahoot

As teachers, we are always looking for engaging activities to capture the attention of students and purposefully connect them to the content we are teaching. One digital resource to consider adding to your toolbox is Kahoot!. Kahoot! is a fun, free game-based student response system. With Kahoot!, a teacher can create quizzes, discussions, and surveys which are sent out to student devices. Students respond on their device in a game-like environment where they can answer questions and interact with the teacher content. With a student account, a student can create their own questions. Kahoot! offers thousands of pre-made content resources which can be used or change to fit the needs of the teacher. The best part is that Kahoot! is not specific to any device. Kahoot! is accessible in the web browser on almost any device and allows students to participate whether they have a tablet or computer.

How to Get Started

The video below shows how to get started and how the program works with participants.

Suggested Uses

  • Survey students about what they know prior to a lesson
  • Create quick assessments for individual students to demonstrate learning
  • Have students work on teams with a shared device to answer questions
  • Students can ask questions and create their own Kahoot! with student accounts
  • Students can create assessment questions in Kahoot! for the class and the teacher to take
  • Students can use Kahoot! to ask questions as they research content they are exploring in class
  • Use Kahoot! to drill vocabulary
  • Create reading comprehension questions
  • Add images and videos to your Kahoot! for students to interact with

Why it Matters (Teaching Rubric)

Instructional Delivery is an important part of any classroom. Having the best digital tools and resources that engage students with meaningful learning activities will move us closer to the outcomes we desire in the classroom. Kahoot! offers a way for teachers to engage and maintain interest in classroom content. (Resources, Activities, and materials 2.1; Presenting Instructional Content 2.2)

Additional Resources

Classroom response systems like Kahoot! have been around for a while. If you give Kahoot! a try but feel that it may not be the best fit for you, take a moment to check out these other options:

Your Challenge

Your challenge is to take a look at a classroom response system like Kahoot! and consider how you might use a tool like this to engage students. In the comment area below, offer an idea or more for how you would use Kahoot! or a classroom response system in your classroom to engage students and keep their interest in your lesson and content. What could you do with Kahoot!? Do you have experience with Kahoot!? Share your experience and/or ideas below.


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Gayle Kiesel December 1, 2014 at 1:35 pm

I would love to use Kahoot to assess students regarding the types of information sources. It has the potential to be a lot more entertaining than relying on feedback during presentations. It may also help move us through sections that class already knows about much faster than if I rely on students raising their hands.

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Latricia Barnes November 21, 2014 at 4:07 pm

I would love to be able to use this in my elementary classroom. My students learn best with hands-on experiences, and I can tell by reading posts and reviewing Kahoot! that my students would love this. However, in my elementary school we don’t have computers for everyone; soon, though!! I plan to use this as a review activity for comprehension tests in reading!!

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S Wright November 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Kahoot has totally changed the excitement level in my classroom. My students beg to play it. I create Kahoots to go with each of my units as a way to review the information in an engaging way. I love how easily I can create a Kahoot. I literally created a 25 question Kahoot this week, including images and videos in less than one hour! My students have even asked if they could create their own Kahoots to go along with their presentations at the end of a unit and play it with the class. I have even created assessments with it and there’s never been any whining during a Kahoot test, they think they are playing a game. It doesn’t matter what the topic, Kahoot makes it fun.

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Jeff Thornton November 14, 2014 at 8:15 am

Thanks for the great feedback. It always great to hear stories of how tools like this make a difference in the classroom!

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Patty Horn November 12, 2014 at 8:18 am

I use Kahoot often. I love it and so do my students! I use it to introduce concepts as well as review. It is so engaging that I can easily get 100% student participation. It is great.

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Stacie Inman November 11, 2014 at 9:30 pm

This sounds pretty neat. I’ve also recently learned about Plickers. I’d love to try that in the classroom soon!

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Jeff Thornton November 12, 2014 at 7:55 am

Out of curiosity, how might you use Kahoot! or Plickers in your classroom?

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Shane Brogan November 9, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Kahoot sounds just like buzz time trivia at Buffalo Wild Wings. We take our golf team there before sectional and the kids love playing it against one another competitively. I can do the same with Kahoot and my math class. Kids are competitive and want to win. The nice thing about Kahoot is that it will let me put in the topics I am covering. When we transition to every student having a chrome book next year this will be great!

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Heather Coy November 7, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Once again, my teaching partner beat me to it! He showed me the Oedipus Kahoot. The next day we both used Kahoot in our classes. I made one reviewing how gerund phrases function as sentences – complete with a dancing penguin video while students signed in. The kids loved it so much that I immediately went to the Oedipus quiz Chad had showed me the day before. The next day my AP Literature class used a Kahoot to review elements of an annotated bibliography. I’ll be using Kahoot next week to review vocabulary words. My next step will be to have my students create their own Kahoot for the class. Kahoot has a pocket in my tool belt.

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Melissa Mayer November 7, 2014 at 2:57 pm

I recently learned about Kahoot at the ICE conference and immediately fell in LOVE with it! This was my favorite new tool that I learned about at ICE. I was able to immediately come back to school and use it as a quick assessment check for my students. They loved it just as much as all f the adults at ICE. I plan on using is at our next staff meeting. Each grade level is in charge of reading a chapter of the Teach Like a Champion book and then introducing it to the staff at a faculty meeting. I plan on using the game to introduce a question about the chapter, seeing how many have the correct answer, and then reviewing our part. This can be used at any grade level for any number of reasons. I love the color, shape, and word answer on the boxes as answer choices.n this allows for differentiation. They also have a ton of searchable lessons that you can save and then change as you see fit. This saves time and saves you from reinventing the wheel.

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Leah Simon November 5, 2014 at 6:35 pm

Great resource! I will suggest it tomorrow at our PLC meeting for a quick common formative assessment tool. We have been using Socrative so much at our school that another site like it is a good find.

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Kelly Bratcher November 5, 2014 at 2:48 pm

After teaching a a unit, I sometimes use Kahoot to check the student’s understanding. They are extremely competitive and they love it. They beg me to play the game multiple times. The engagement level is very high. All students are playing and it gives me a chance to discuss the questions they missed. I personally do not like to be rushed but the students love it. I like how quick and easy it is to make the quizzes and administer them. I have made some of them right before class in the morning.

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Chad Fetscher November 5, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Kahoot is easy and fun. Today my teaching partner was teaching Oedipus Rex so I went and looked at previously made Kahoots and sure enough someone had made an Oedipus Rex review question. I took the quiz and was so giddy that I called her over and showed her the site and the quiz. This made us extremely happy because we have coveted a set of clicker systems for a very long time. But this is better than clickers because every student would be able to participate because each student has a Thinkpad, smartphone, or some other devise that can connect with the Internet. I have played five quizzes now and plan on using in my government class tomorrow. ENGAGEMENT is the name of the game in our classrooms and Kahoot is a way that I’m going to increase engagement, productive, and fun in my classroom.

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Jeff Thornton November 5, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Glad you found the community of resources already created. I love it when other people have already done the work for me!

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Chad Fetscher November 5, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Just made my very first quiz and it was quick and easy. I also learned that you can add images and figures to your quiz to add another element to the fun.

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sfeller2013sfeller2013 November 5, 2014 at 8:23 am

Kahoot reminds of Google Drive, where you can make up quizzes for students to answer too. I don’t like the idea of every student needing an email, it would be so much simpler if you could set it up without it. I like the idea where the students can set up their own quizzes to quiz each other. It would be great for surveys for the students or even other teachers to take. I think our school will give Kahoot a try!

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Jeff Thornton November 5, 2014 at 9:01 am

Kahoot! is really a classroom response system whereas Google Drive allows for file storage and document collaboration. I know there are teachers who have used Google Forms to offer assessment questions. As far Kahoot! accounts, the teacher is the only person who would need to have an account to use it. Students provide their name and enter your class code to get started but they do not have to log in. A student would need an account if they are creating assessments for others. I would be curious about creating a generic class gmail account that students could use to create assessments for each other. I have not tried that but it would be worth considering.

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aknueven (@MrCoachK15) November 5, 2014 at 5:52 am

I am already swarming my mind with ideas of using Kahoot to review vocab for language arts and also quick math facts. Whether a kid has their smartphone or computer being a 1:1 school, they can access the quiz. Seeing this briefly at a tech conference this past summer, it was very fun and addictive to get the correct answer the fastest.

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Patricia Claybaugh November 4, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Kahoot is an interesting tool. (By the way, kahoot.com is a different website from getkahoot.com) I made an account and downloaded the app so I could play for myself. I liked that you don’t necessarily have to create an account for each student if you play from devices (a tablet or phone). However, to share your quizzes so the students can play on a computer every student has to have an account. I had the same problem with Power My Learning in this regard. Also, you do have to have an individual email address to create an account for each of your students. I tried to create an account for a student just using my own email address and Kahoot wouldn’t let me create the account. Again, this probably wouldn’t be a problem if students are independent, but for my first grade class, this process could become a little tedious. I do think the quizzes were a lot of fun. I do wish though that if you choose to not have a picture that Kahoot wouldn’t fill in the space with a flashing logo. I wanted to keep things simple for the students so they don’t get distracted. I thought that if I selected to not have a picture that it would make the question the main focus instead of the picture. I find this site to be very similar to Plickers. The only difference really being that with Plickers you don’t need a device for each student, you just need each student to have a Plicker card. I have used Plickers in my classroom and my students love it. So, I do know that websites like this can work really well.

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Keshia Seitz November 4, 2014 at 1:05 pm

I absolutely LOVE Kahoot! I’m still trying to convince some of my teachers that Kahoot! can lead to increased engagement and can start the conversation about virtually any topic in the classroom – it all depends on the quality of the questions. Even as an adult, I know that I enjoy PD that is in a fun and interactive format. In fact, I suggested Kahoot! to my supervisor today as a tool to use at a booth that he is setting up at a local event. Everyone loves a fun game – and when you forget that you are learning something at the same time, it’s a winner in my book!

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Jeff Thornton November 4, 2014 at 1:09 pm

I agree that PD is best when it’s be engaging and it’s great when it can model techniques that teachers can take back to their classrooms. That actually makes me think that Kahoot! would be good to use at the next PD/Faculty Meeting! Thanks for your comment!

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Jake Hughes November 4, 2014 at 10:31 am

Just an fyi: You have to go to getkahoot.com to register before you can go to kahoot.it.

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Jeff Thornton November 4, 2014 at 10:35 am

That is correct. If you follow the link in the post, it will take you to the login page for the teacher and account creation. How do you think you could use this in the classroom?

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Jake Hughes November 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm

It would be great for checking understanding of concepts in a 1-1 environment. I made a Kahoot account and began making a quiz. Unfortunately, the questions have a time limit. You can set the time limit from 5 seconds up to 120 seconds. It won’t allow you to take off the time limit. That is unfortunate because I was really excited to use this for my algebra 1 remediation classes but I don’t want them to have a time limit on the questions.

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Jeff Thornton November 4, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Definitely a great tool to check for understanding. Yes, the time limit is part of the game experience as you use tool with your students. Some of the additional resources listed in the post offer a similar classroom response system but allow you to have assessments questions without a timer.

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Jo Burns November 4, 2014 at 7:44 am

Kahoot would be an awesome tool for an exit ticket or to respond to a Bell Ringer. It would be quick and easy to assess where the student is academically and what support you may need to apply to facilitate learning.

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Peter Barringer November 4, 2014 at 7:32 am

I would use Kahoot! differently in each class. My English Basic Skills English freshmen would enjoy playing games related to the skills we learn (which I could find or make), and they might even enjoy making their own games. My English 12 students would use this more for surveys, anticipatory sets, etc. We’re about to start Macbeth, so I could ask questions such as:

What would you do if you found out you’re destined to become king?
A) Eliminate the current king and take his place
B) Wait patiently until you become king
C) Run away–I don’t want anything to do with the throne

Students seem to enjoy these types of anticipatory sets, and I think Kahoot! would make the process much smoother and more engaging.

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JD Weagley November 4, 2014 at 7:31 am

I really like the idea of Kahoot! The biggest obstacle I run into with using it is that not all of my students have a device to use in the classroom. As we transition to 1:1, I think this will be something I use on a regular basis. I presently use a clicker system that we have in our school, but it doesn’t offer the ‘game show’ type feel that Kahoot! does. I am going to experiment with Pickers at some point this year as well to see how well it works – one of our teachers tried it, but didn’t have much success.

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Jeff Thornton November 4, 2014 at 7:54 am

Agreed that it’s use would be different in a classroom that is not 1:1. I have read of classrooms using it in teams as well. Even with a few devices, students could pair up in teams. Depending on your grade and school, you may have students with devices in your room and it will work with almost device that has a browser.

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