When I looked it up, the information that Kahoot! "access was free and only took 30 seconds" sounded promising.
I selected a role, "teacher," but there are other options, then filled in my school name, and created a username and password.
On the introduction screen, I was excited to see more than one type of Kahoot! I would be able to create quizzes, discussions, and surveys. I chose to start by watching the short intro video.
Then to try out a Kahoot! I took the intro quiz, which directed me to go to kahoot.it and enter the given game pin #.
I quickly realized that it would be difficult to go back and forth between the teacher screen, what would be projected up on the board, and playing the game on my computer, so I exited out of the game on my computer and pulled kahoot.it up on my phone, put in my game ID #, and my nickname.
I first tried to put in my blog name, but it was too long and all of it didn't show up. A note on the bottom let me know that I could just click on a name to kick that user out of the game. I had already been thinking what if a student puts in something other than their real name or something inappropriate? But Kahoot! was one step ahead of me, perfect! I kicked myself out and put in my actual name. Once you see all of your students' names, you can start the quiz.
Each question screen is formatted like this with the question and question number at the top. The countdown clock on the left lets you knows how many seconds you have left (this is adjustable), the number of people who have submitted answers on the right, and the four answer choices below.
On the student devices, just the symbols and colors for the answer choices are displayed.
After the time is up, the results for that question appear. This particular question had multiple right answers, though a student can only select one (I was the only one playing my quiz so that is why there is only one response). Clicking "next" will take you to the scoreboard.
The scoreboard displays the top 5 or 10 players and their total points (again, I was the only person playing my quiz).
At the end of the quiz, the winner's name is displayed. Players earn points for correct answers, but also based on the speed of answering. If players tied, I suppose there would be multiple names.
And then the final scoreboard ranks the top players. You also see the option to download the results either as an Excel spreadsheet or into your Google Drive.
The overview of the quiz results lists each student that took the quiz and the number of answers correct and incorrect. This information could be used to assign a quiz score to students or identify struggling students.
Looking at the results of each question would be great for identifying patterns in wrong answers for topics/ideas that might need to be retaught.
Before you create your own quiz, check out over 1 million quizzes that have already been created by other users. I searched for quizzes related to Of Mice and Men as that is what my 10th grade classes just started reading.
After checking out other people's quizzes, I wanted to try my hand at making my own.
In the top box you type in your question. You can drag in an image and even a video to go with your questions. This would be great analyzing a graph or chart, geometry problems, etc. At the bottom you can input up to four answer choices (they must be less than 60 characters) and mark each as incorrect or correct.
When you are finished creating your quiz, you can preview it with the teacher screen and student screen side by side.
Creating a discussion works just like creating a quiz except there are no right or wrong answers, just possible responses.
Again, you can preview what the discussion will look like with the teacher screen and student screen side by side.
Once all of the students have responded, you can display the results as the start of your discussion.
You can also create a survey, which is the same as a discussion, but with multiple questions instead of just one.
I am hoping to try out a Kahoot! this week with my classes. Check back for a post on how it goes.
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