posted Dec 5, 2014, 8:32 AM by Doug Saunders   [ updated Dec 5, 2014, 8:50 AM ]
What is Kahoot?

I gave a sampling of the online student response system Kahoot during the last faculty meeting. This was well received by those in attendance and I was happy to see that a large number of teachers have since implemented this great digital tool into their own classroom. Kahoot is a free online resource that allows teachers to create quizzes, discussions, and polls that students can respond to right from their laptop, cell phone, or tablet. The beauty of Kahoot lies in the fact that students must not only get the answer right, but must do so in the shortest amount of time. The top 5 names are displayed for the class to see after each question, and it can be anyone's game until the last question. Once the session concludes, the class has one final overall winner. Even though only the top 5 scores are displayed for the class to see, the teacher has access to the data and final results of each individual student.
Creating A Kahoot

Kahoot is very straight forward and it is easy to sign up for a free account by visiting http://create.kahoot.it. Kahoot has created a nice set of directions that should be helpful for those looking for guidance when setting this up for the first time. Click here to view the directions. I have also included a video snippet that is found on the Kahoot blog. This video does a great job of highlighting the enthusiasm of a student while a Kahoot is in progress. The blog prefaces the video with a play by play summary:

"A year 9 class at ratton School in Eastbourne are playing Kahoot!. The camera focuses on one of the players in the game answering a question (displayed on the screen at the front of the class) on his iPad. 

Students Kahooting in Mrs. Humphrey's Class!