We all know that Kahoot! is great for review and formative assessment – but did you know that you can use it to introduce brand new topics too?
One of our favorite Kahoot!’ers, Steph Castle – an IB Biology teacher at the United Nations International School in New York, calls this approach to fresh material “The Blind Kahoot”. We caught up with her to talk about how and why she got into Blind Kahoot!’ing, and how it’s transformed her classroom.
Kahoot! is just for Formative Assessment…. Or is it??
Like millions of other teachers around the world, Steph was used to using Kahoot! for the more obvious ways to play, like formative assessment and review. Her students loved it, and she’d already seen remarkable engagement in the classroom as a result. But she, like any great teacher, was all too aware that Kahoot! isn’t a quick replacement for smart lesson planning. As a sharp academic she really saw the importance of how you plan, create and host your kahoots needing to fit with the students’ learning objectives, and not just be about engagement and testing knowledge.