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27 Aug 2018

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Success story: how students become leaders with the Kahoot! app

We visited Marymount school in New York to test out the creator tool in our app with 10th and 11th graders. Find out how it helped them get creative, and why it’s so important to put students in the driver’s seat in learning!

In this success story classroom heroes are in the spotlight. Going from learners to leaders, researchers and presenters with the Kahoot! app, students at Marymount school take the reins in class – and they rock it! We visited 10th and 11th grade classes and filmed the magic as it happened.

Putting learning in the hands of the students

For Eric Walters, Marymount School’s Director of STEM, the app supports students in taking control of their learning by being creative in their own way. As well as connect learning objectives to learning outcomes, it enables students to represent their understanding of learning objectives, taking it one step further.

Every student should be able to develop their own educational pathway... how they choose to represent [their] knowledge, should be up to them

Eric Walters, STEM Director at Marymount School

Get creative, fast!

With the Kahoot! app, students don’t have to be in one particular place to create, nor do they need to set aside long periods of time. Creativity can spark anywhere and students can learn anytime! Marymount School’s Director of STEM, Eric Walters, noted that “one of the things I noticed when using the app creator was how fast they were with it…they could create a five question kahoot in ten minutes, which included images, video and more”.

It also might seem difficult for some to imagine creating on a mobile device over a traditional desktop setup, but as Religious Studies teacher, Kim Boykin observed: “[The students] use their phones for everything so they take to using their phone to create a kahoot!”

Check out the full case study video:

How to create a kahoot in the app

Here’s a reminder of the instructions on how to create a game:

1. Open the Kahoot! app and tap Create in the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen.
2. Add a title, description and cover image, just like you do on your computer. You can use an image from your camera roll or snap a new one as you’re creating!
3. Choose if you want to keep this kahoot private, make it visible to everyone or share it with your team (for business users only).
4. Tap Add question. Add the question and answer options. Toggle correct and incorrect answers. Change time limit to fit question type.
5. Remember to add images and videos! Check progress against our Question checklist – it’ll hint if something is missing.
6. Check progress against our overall Kahoot checklist – it’ll help you with all the ingredients of a perfect kahoot.
7. Tap Done – and it’s ready!

You can save your work in progress even without logging in to your Kahoot! account. To host your game live or send it as a challenge, you need to log in. Later, if you log in on your computer, you’ll find the game on your Kahoots page. Our dedicated blog post on how to create in the app also has more info on how to make the most out of this tool!