Why use Kahoot! at University?
I do. We do. You do. College classrooms today are not only incorporating hands on learning and collaboration, but they also are bringing focus to the importance of engagement. By offering interactive learning experiences that emphasize student voice and creative uses of technology, university lectures have transformed to serve as models of innovative practice for higher education students.
Kahoot!, a favorite learning tool in K-12 classrooms, is also a terrific tool for university professors looking to add to their teaching toolkit to make learning awesome! Recently in my College of Education courses at Saint Leo University in Florida, my university students and I have explored uses of Kahoot! in learning and teaching.
What we discovered was that the experience with Kahoot! had multiple levels of awesomeness! From meaningful practice of our curricular concepts to modeling best practices for my preservice teachers for their future classrooms to showcasing the importance of FUN in learning, Kahoot! brings an easy to use, game-based platform for me as an instructor.
In following the three-part I Do, You Do, We Do methodology that is incorporated in our College of Education program at Saint Leo, together with three of my pre-service teachers, Chrissy, Lucy, and Marissa, we outline our journey of taking Kahoot! to college!
Through a process of explicit teaching and scaffolding, Kahoot! is a perfect activity to add to the instructional phase of learning in a college classroom.
In our class, we use Kahoot! to reinforce and practice skills on which we are focusing, and as a professor, I am able to get instant feedback on engagement and understanding. Recently, we were able to use Kahoot! in our studies of formative and summative assessments. As a wonderful example of an actual formative assessment, participation in the experience beautifully modeled our lesson and gave my students extra practice on the studied concepts.