How John started Kahoot!’ing
John is K-12 Director of Mathematics in Middletown, NJ, and is also an undergraduate Math Professor at Rutgers University. He has taught Pre-Calculus, Topics in Math for Liberal Arts, Elementary Probability and Combinatorics, The Mathematics of Money, Calculus for Math/Physics Majors, and Linear Algebra.
John teaches math in an ‘Active Learning Classroom’, where students sit in small groups at round tables, to facilitate discussion and collaboration.
When using Kahoot! for formative assessment at high school, John was impressed with how much students enjoyed it. He decided to give it a go at university to engage undergraduate math students and try a different approach to review before the midterm exams.
Why Kahoot! works so well in a college setting
“I think all students, regardless of age, crave mild competition. In the university setting, Kahoot! creates a friendly atmosphere where students can challenge one another and work together to solidify their understanding of course content. I also think Kahoot! has a lot of aesthetic appeal for learners of all ages.
In particular, Kahoot! works well for reviewing material that is a bit dry or difficult. For example, my favorite kahoot I created was a review for an undergraduate linear algebra course. The platform helped bring the content to life!