I am probably the last teacher in the world to try Kahoot, but I finally used it with my students. Of course, I had heard of Kahoot and how much students like it. I have even seen students use it, but I was not the creator or the facilitator of that lesson.
Since we recently became a 1:1 classroom with a set of Chromebooks, I figured I could finally try Kahoot. We have been practicing adding and subtracting decimals using mental math, and I thought a few of my quicker, more mental math-adept students would like to try to practice using a different format. For this game, I created my own Kahoot, though there are hundreds of teacher-made Kahoots for you to browse and use with your own students.
Once you have an account, you click on New K!, and you can pick one of four formats: Quiz, Jumble, Discussion, and Survey. I chose to do a quiz, which is the most well-known version of Kahoot.
I thought practicing mental math would be a great use of Kahoot, since the students don’t need to have any paper or pencil to do calculations.
I created the image for the Kahoot on Canva, and I pulled questions from the student textbook (we use Singapore Math at my school) for the students to practice.
When the quiz was “live”, students logged in using the class code and created a nickname so I could see which questions each student got correct. The question appeared on my SmartBoard with the answer options, and students clicked on the answer on their Chromebooks.
With the first group of students, I didn’t have the students work for points, but it still somehow gave students first, second, and third places. They thought that was highly unjust (and I kind of agree…). So I asked them if they would like to use points next time, and they adamantly said YES!, so I added points for the second group. The second group thought it was a lot of fun (so did the first group, even with the weird score-less “winners”).
This was definitely a win with my 5th graders. I don’t think a lot of the teachers at my school use it (apparently we are all behind the curve), so it was new and exciting for my class. I am planning on using this again when we practice multiplying and dividing decimals by 10, 100, and 1000.
There are a lot of non-math ways I could use Kahoot. I thinking about using it for students to practice identifying simple, compound, and complex sentences. We could use it to review our read aloud or book club books before assessments. I know other teachers have used it for getting the discussion started or introducing a new topic with some of the other formats. I am excited to see what else I can do with Kahoot!