After using Kahoot a few times in lessons I thought I would share a little about the lessons and the reasons behind using the tool but first here is a video review.
Some of you may already know I work with young adults with learning difficulties and they often struggle with retention information and with motivation to write down idea’s and descriptions of tools, skills and activities they have been working on. The students come from a wide range of backgrounds and are all resident at our residential college here in Sussex U.K
Having a group of students on a 2 year course based around working outdoors isn’t always easy, especially in the winter and whilst we often save up the written work the students are required to do for rainy days I often find they struggle with ‘contextualizing’ the questions and descriptions they write or ask each other when not in the moment of the activity or skill they are doing or using.
Prompted by another rainy morning where working outside was not possible I decided to have a stab at using Kahoot. I quickly set up a simple test quiz to introduce to the students and familiarize myself with the tool. I tested it to make sure it was working and checked and installed the apps required on the mobile devices.
When the students arrived at the start of the session I explained to them what we were going to do and my expectations of them. I explained that we would try a test quiz I had set up first and then they would try and create a quiz for each other. There were a couple of things that came up in doing the quiz which are fairly major downsides these are that it seems multiple answers doesn’t really work and you need a reliable WiFi connection all the time. (where I am this is not always easy)
We ran through the test quiz and the students loved it, particularly the ticking countdown timer which I hadn’t expected. We then set about getting the students to make their own quizzes and they needed a lot of support with this because of their level of needs but they were none the less able to make valuable contributions. To note is that despite needing someone who can read and write to create (or help) create the quizzes, the quizzes themselves can actually be done by students that can’t read. This is because the teacher ‘hosts’ the quiz on their computer and can, if required in much the same way as a gameshow host read out the answers, saying which color is which. The students have only the 4 colors and shapes on their devices so it helps with listening skills and removes the need for students to be able to read.
I got the students to create their own quizzes around the topic I chose and then got the students to 1 at a time do each others quizzes.
As I said at the start of the review at the end of the session I was buzzing. I think this was mainly to do with 2 things, the level of positive response towards the activity, the students absolutely loved it, but also due to the level of engagement in what was for the part of creating their quizzes essentially a writing/bookwork exercise. I truely hadn’t expected the students to be so keen and motivated and they were able to stay focused and engaged for almost one and half hours. At the end of the session it was clear they knew or remembered more at the end than they had at the beginning.
I wholeheartedly recommend this tool, however when planning to use this tool there are a few points to remember:
Quizzes can take a while to create so allow yourself plenty of time to do so and be able to plan the questions properly.
Multiple answer questions don’t really work as they can only select 1 before the result is registered.
For full student engagement ideally they would have a handheld device each or in pairs and this means for a large class you would need a lot of devices.
Devices need to have the app installed which takes a few minutes during the lesson if it hasn’t already been done.
Because of the way the quiz ‘hosting’ work you control launch of playing and players.
You need to remember to either read out the questions from the main screen or display/project it big so they can see the answers, otherwise they don’t know which buttons to press.
Rating ***** but be careful you don’t overuse the tool, I think this could quickly become an issue if not aware as the kids love it as well.