Two years ago, I attended a press conference where Kahoot! was presented by one of the speakers. It looked fun, but the questions flew by quickly and I couldn’t answer as fast as others. And I am highly competitive! So I didn’t immediately use it in the classroom.
Thank goodness my colleague, Kim Belleisle, kept telling me how amazing it was for learning vocabulary and reviewing tests with her 6th graders! Still, I put it on the shelf of interesting things that I thought were too “childish” for high school students.
Until one day, a senior student who was an A+ tutor, asked me why I wasn’t using it. Surprised, I asked, “Do you want to use it in mythology?” “YES!” he replied. And when I told him it seemed too childish for our class, he emphatically claimed it was NOT. So, I looked into it…. and was hooked for life! Here’s how Kahoot! helped me rethink our learning process.
What’s in Kahoot! for teachers
Soon, Kahoot! became the first thing I did every day to review material from previous classes. I took an old school practice, anticipatory set, which is a brief lesson given at the very beginning to get students’ attention, activate prior knowledge, and prepare them for the day’s learning. I combined this activity with the Kahoot! engagement tool. Suddenly, the majority of students seemed engaged and paid more attention!