Game on: taking Kahoot! from school teaching into business training

Penny Springer, a former teacher and now a business training professional, has extensive experience in various learning methodologies. Here’s what happened when she brought Kahoot! from teaching at school into corporate training.

February 20, 2019

Before I entered the business world, I was a chemistry and physics high school teacher. In that capacity, I was using Kahoot! for several years. When I instilled a lot of gamification into my classes, I immediately saw the positive effects these games had on the students. So, when I entered into the business world, I re-discovered Kahoot! as a tool just as relevant for professionals, and immediately began to use it for training. Soon, it turned out that many of my clients were familiar with the platform, too: they told me that their kids were Kahoot!’ing in class! When my son went to college abroad in Spain, they even used Kahoot! in class there because it was so popular.

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Kahoot! helps me do my job

In my capacity as a trainer, I’m always on the lookout for tools that educate, inform and inspire professionals in different industries. Here’s how Kahoot! helps me:

Reinforce what was taught during training and virtual training sessions

After we’ve gone through some content for about 20 minutes, I use Kahoot! to see who’s engaged and learning.

Change dynamics to assess baseline knowledge

I flip the training quite often and start with the quiz to get a better understanding of their baseline knowledge. It shows me what is missing, and if they get everything right, I don’t have to spend time teaching them content they already know.

Inspire my team

During kick-off meetings in my previous role, I used to host a daily “kahoot of the day”. At the end of the day I reinforce the main topics and then I’ll give prizes the next morning to the winners. I use Kahoot! challenges for this, so the participants can see the leaderboard. I’ll put out challenges to different teams at different times. Sometimes I use it as a game within a game.

Make an “amazing race”

This is another format that worked really well in kick-off meetings. Participants go to a station, get a card, do the task and go on to the next one. So a station would then have a card with a challenge PIN on it for people to complete.

Kahoot! enabled me to engage with every single person in my training sessions.

The many uses (even virtual!) Kahoot! offers

Kahoot! enabled me to engage with every single person! I haven’t heard one person who doesn’t like it yet. For example, when I train salespeople, I notice they’re competitive just like my high school students were! Competition brings out the best and fun in people.

Kahoot! has great benefits for knowledge reinforcement. Especially those teachable moments where everybody gets the answer wrong. Like when my subject matter experts think that because I put up a slide, they’re clearly going to know it. And I surprise them. That’s the part that makes a learning impact.

Old and new features shake up trainings

It’s great to see the hilarious nicknames participants come up with. When you are playing in a room with 150 people, and the names come up on the big screen, suddenly you’re in the presence of dead presidents or sport celebrities! It really helps with engagement and is very entertaining.

I’ve also used the Jumble feature to put things in order. It works really well when you’re teaching about processes and want to go over the order of steps because it makes participants understand the different steps better.

There’s nothing typical in my trainings, I love to shake things up all the time. Hosting a kahoot in the beginning of the training sets the right mood. It makes participants realize that it won’t be a traditional training and we’re going to have some fun, too. In this case, I use Kahoot! as a pre-test. Research suggests that if a person gets something wrong in the pre-test, they pay better attention. I also use Kahoot! in the middle or the end of a presentation to reinforce learning and  engage participants. This works especially well for virtual training.

Tips for other Kahoot!’ers

When I build a kahoot, I go back and look at what the key learning objectives are that we really want them to know. I create kahoot questions based on that content, to reinforce the main topics that we want the participants to remember. People remember visuals, so I use a lot of pictures in the kahoot questions. I usually make 8-10 questions per kahoot, as people’s attention span drops off after that.

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Penny Springer February 20, 2019

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