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6 Jul 2017

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Global learning with Kahoot! showcased at ISTE 2017

We were overjoyed when our ambassador, Fran Siracusa, hosted a global game of kahoot in our booth at ISTE 2017 conference. This was a truly connected learning experience with players from the U.S., Canada, Spain, India and more!

Read how Fran organized this kahoot and learn how to set up your own connected learning game! For those of you #notatISTE – this is great learning opportunity!

Building global connections & learning through Kahoot!

Fran is an Educational Technologist and a long-time Kahoot! Ambassador.

Preparing for ISTE 2017, Fran invited friends from her PLN from various U.S. states and even other countries to join our game in-booth. The K!rew and other ISTE attendees connected, for example, with players from Florida, North Carolina, Hawaii, Canada, Spain, Greece and India!

As an Executive team member of the UN Global Goals Education Task force, what better kahoot for Fran to host than a game on the UN Sustainable Development Goals! The game was designed to introduce players of any age to the goals the UN agreed on to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity.

Our ambassadors, thought leaders and fans who dropped by our booth loved the whole experience! Look at this amazing response we got on Twitter:

You can play the now famous kahoot, too, and learn more about the UN Sustainable Development Goals!

How to host your own connected kahoot – regionally, nationally or globally!

With connected kahoots, the sky’s the limit. It doesn’t matter if you host a game with players from as close as your own school district to as far as a different continent – the whole point is to get connected and get learning with new players! Here are some practical recommendations from Fran:

1) Find a class to play with

Reach out to your personal learning network online for connections, or within your district to find and educator who also teaches a similar subject or grade. You can also find a classroom by posting in our educator-focused Facebook community!  

2) Choose a screen-sharing tool

To play a connected game of kahoot, you’ll need a good internet connection on both sides and a screen all players can see. You’ll also need a screen-sharing tool. For example, you can use Skype – check out the guide for playing Skype Kahoot! – or Google Hangouts in order to facilitate the game. Make a test video call before hosting the kahoot to make sure you’re all set up!

3) Check time zones

This detail is often overlooked but very important! If you’re in different time zones, make sure everyone knows the right time they are scheduled to join the game no matter where they are in the world, and ensure the timing is as social as possible for all!

4) Have fun!

Instead of launching right into the game, be sure to introduce each other first. Invite students to ask questions about the other host’s state, country, culture or language to warm up! Simple questions about hobbies and favorite foods are great icebreakers!

5) Take learning a step further after the game

If your students played with others from a different region or country, extend the learning by assigning them to discuss or write about what they learnt about the other students’ country, culture or language, as a follow up project.

Interested in more tips for global Kahoot!’ing? Check out our other article on how to host a connected kahoot!

Thanks so much to Fran (@ProfeEdTech on Twitter) for this unique opportunity to support global learning!

#NotatISTE? Never fear – find out more about what we got up to at ISTE 2017 conference in our recent roundup post!