Saturday, November 8, 2014

Have You Heard Of Kahoot?

David's recent post on Plickers reminded me of another classroom response system I recently heard about. Unlike Plickers students will need access to technology to participate.

At the last three professional development events I've gone to this year someone (usually a K-3 teacher)  has enthusiastically asked "have you heard of Kahoot." As well, this question has been asked on a few of the Google+ communities I follow. So... have YOU heard of Kahoot? If not, read on. If so, share your best Kahoot in the comments!

What Is Kahoot?

Kahoot is a classroom response system set up in a game-based style where the teacher creates quizzes, surveys or discussions. It is free to sign up and very simple to use for both the creator and the participants.

Why Do Teachers Like It?

User Friendly

Kahoot is simple to use for everyone. The set up side for teachers is user friendly. The interface for students is division one friendly.

Pictures and Videos

It is a way to give a quiz with pictures and videos! I like that you can have a video playing while students enter their information. That way there is something for students to attend to if they are finished early.


It is gamification of quizzes/worksheets. So students are more engaged. There can be a competition/points element. After I gave my first Kahoot I had students regularly ask me if we could do Kahoot today.

Immediate Feedback

Students get immediate feedback if their answer is correct or not. 


You can make your Kahoots public. Therefore you can access and modify pre-made Kahoots. You can easily share Kahoots with your grade level partners.  

Colette's Tips

Have A Few Kahoots Ready

Depending on your technology situation, you may not want to fire up your laptops for just a 10 question Kahoot. I suggest having a few Kahoots on file for upcoming topics so that when you have your laptops/chromebooks out you can do a Kahoot.


Have students get into the habit of using their own first names.  That way the data you gather (even if it just formative) is easy for you to use. 


In younger grades, consider not always using points.


In younger grades, consider not always using points. I suggest trying the preview option if you have never used Kahoot before. It allows you to see the teacher side and the student side together.

First Kahoot

Keep your first Kahoot short and simple with younger students. 

How Does It Work?

Teacher Side

I'm going to make a new Kahoot quiz about insulation, as that is our current focus in science, as I write this post.

1. Log-in/Create an account.

2. Select the Create a new K button.

3. You'll be asked which type of Kahoot you want.

4. You'll be prompted to give your quiz a name.

5. Next you will create your questions. You have a limit of 95 characters for each question. You can upload images or videos (this is currently "experimental"). You can assign each question to have points or no points. You can also decide how long each question should take to answer (5 seconds to 120 seconds). Then you provide two to four answers for students to select and you identify which answer is correct.

6. It took me some time to figure out how to add a new question when making my first Kahoot. To add another question, look at the bottom and you will have four choices. Continue to add questions until you are done your quiz.

7. Once you press save and continue, you'll be given the chance to reorder any of your questions. Then you will have the opportunity to set your Kahoot as private or public, add a description, set the audience, set the difficulty level and add tags.

8. Finally you can give your quiz a cover image.* You can also use their experimental feature embedding "a YouTube video to be displayed in the background of the lobby screen as players join the game!"

*I used my own images or images that had permission for reuse. I haven't found a good way to give attribution however. I tried the description box but there is a limited number of characters.

9. Your Kahoot is ready to play! Press the Play Now button to get a pin to give to your students.

10. After the activity is over, you will have an option to download the results. You will get a spreadsheet with each "nickname" and their answers. 

I suggest trying the preview option if you have never used Kahoot before. It allows you to see the teacher side and the student side together.

How Does It Work - Student Side?

The teacher logs in to Kahoot using one url

1. The users/students log in using a different url: There they enter a game "pin" number provided to them by their teacher. 

2. Then they are prompted to enter a "nickname". Once all students are in the activity can start.

3. The Smartboard* will show a question and possible answers. On the students' devices will be four colours. The students select the colour/shape that matches the correct answer. 

4. Students are then told on their devices if they got it correct or not. The Smartbord will show the correct answer and a graph of how many got the answer correct. 

5. Then the teacher can select "next" to go onto the next question. A scoreboard will show the top scores if you chose to have points. 

6. The students can rate the activity after the quiz is over. 

*There needs to be some way for the teacher to share the questions. I have used the Smartboard but you could use a TV, projector, etc.

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