Thursday, March 20, 2014

Liven Up Your Review Sessions with Kahoot!

For years students would look forward to "review day" because often that meant a good ole' game of Jeopardy!  Up on the chalk board would be categories and amounts, and the teacher would sit in the back waiting to ask the corresponding questions for each box.  This was an entertaining way to find out whether a few people in the room knew everything the needed for the test, but what about everyone else?  Were they prepared?

With all of the technology that has been infused into our classrooms we knew there had to be a better way.  This is why I was so eager to share this with all of you!  Shelly Faust shared her excitement with me about Kahoot last week.  She shared with me that it was "the most engaged she had seen her students all year!"  Really?  Isn't that what we are all striving to do?  Engaged learners is the ultimate goal, and she has found a way that is working for her.

Kahoot is a game based student response system that brings competitiveness to the learning process.  The teacher will either create a "Kahoot" or find one that has already been created which will provide the questions for the student.  Then, each student will respond using their own device in a certain period of time and then the class is provided with instant feedback on whether they got the question right, how many students chose each available answer, and who the top 5 are in the class after that question.  And like Shelly points out below, this is the perfect time to reteach or rephrase things that students may not be fully understanding.

How it has helped Shelly...

"I found through a post on Edmodo.  I've been flipping my class this year and was looking for a review activity I could do with the students using technology.  Kahoot can be used with their iPhones or laptops and I have had students use both.

I created my own Kahoot before I realized there was an extensive library that is public that you can save and edit in your own library.  There was one that already existed that went right along with the content I was teaching in Economics.  I did a little editing to customize to my students and had it ready in minutes.

The students log on to while you start the game on your computer. You have to hook the computer up to the projector because the students need to see your screen - the questions and the answers are on your computer.  I liken it to the trivia game you would play at Buffalo Wild Wings.  The students enter the code that comes up on your screen and then enter a nickname.  I have them use their last names because you can print out a spreadsheet with the scores at the end.

When the question comes up, the students enter their answers.  It is timed, with music.  When everyone has entered their answer, the correct answer pops up, then gives the breakdown of how many chose which answer.  The top five scores show up on my screen after each answer for everyone to see.  They also see on there screen who they are closest to.

The kids love it.  I can stop between questions that they all do poorly on and reteach and move on from those that they all get correct.  They look forward to playing and want to win.  It's hard to get seniors motivated, but this seems to work." - Shelly Faust, Social Studies teacher at Southwood High School

I want to thank Shelly for contributing this week.  If you think that this is something that you would like to utilize in your classroom, but need some help getting started, please let me know!


  1. She and Mr. Sparks got me on board too. I had seen a post on Edmodo about Kahoot but had not tried it out. Now it's my favorite thing and definitely correlated to my students great quiz scores yesterday!!

  2. That's awesome Tara! Any tool that we can find that is engaging and increases student achievement is definitely one that we want to keep in our "Digital Toolbox"!

  3. Thank you for sharing this. I was looking for a good review activity for an upcoming test. I think I'll try this. - very cool!