Starter kit: video tutorials
Watch these video tutorials to master the basics of creating, hosting and playing games of Kahoot!
Need help? Here you’ll find answers to the most common questions about using Kahoot!
Watch these video tutorials to master the basics of creating, hosting and playing games of Kahoot!
The idea for Kahoot! came from a Norwegian Computer Science and Game Technology professor at the Norwegian University of Technology and Science (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway named Alf Inge Wang. Professor Wang called this idea Lecture Quiz back in 2006. The technology is based on research conducted by Kahoot! co-founder Morten Versvik for his Master’s degree at NTNU, who was a student of Wang’s at the time. Later co-founders Jamie Brooker, Johan Brand and Asmund Furuseth joined the company and worked on the UX and design of Kahoot!
The beta version of Kahoot! rolled out at SXSWedu in Texas in March 2013 and formally launched in August 2013. In a few months, Oslo, Norway-based Kahoot! already had millions of users.
Key investors in the company include Microsoft Ventures, Northzone Ventures, Creandum and private investors from Norway.
As of November 2017, we employ 50+ people in offices in Oslo (Norway), London (UK), and Austin, TX (US).
Kahoot! uses an architecture called ‘microservices’. Instead of writing one big application that handles everything a user can do in Kahoot!, we divide the code up into lots of smaller applications that are responsible for running a small part of Kahoot!
On our servers, we mostly run Java. All the code that handles creating, reading, updating, and deleting things like user accounts and kahoots is written in Java, and data is stored in a Couchbase database. Servers are located in multiple locations around the world.
Kahoot! platform is (and has always been) free for classrooms. We are on a mission to unlock the deepest potential of every learner, regardless of age or context, and we do that by making learning fun, magical, and engaging through games. Teachers and students can register for an account to create, host and share learning games, as well as search among millions of public kahoots available on the platform.
In addition to schools, Kahoot! is actively used in the workplace for training purposes. In October 2017, we launched a premium paid version called Kahoot! Plus to cater to the workplace. In addition to getting access to premium features, by signing up for Kahoot! Plus, you also help us keep Kahoot! free for schools around the world. Learn more about Kahoot! Plus and its premium features.
Kahoot! also partners with content owners and brands to create and market premium game-based content.
We want our revenue generation efforts to enable having a free product for schools and stay true to our mission of unlocking the deepest potential of every learner globally.
Here are some ways our services are accessible:
If you’re unsure how to accommodate certain accessibility needs with Kahoot!, please reach out to us and we’ll be happy to help troubleshoot.
Emails on young student accounts are hashed beyond recognition and can only be used for password resets. They cannot be accessed or used for any other reason.
Your email address is the only information we collect that will help us know what account you rightfully own. For your security, we cannot help you from an email that isn’t tied to your account.
If the email you provide us uses heightened security standards, you might not be able to reset your password or see replies to messages you send us while signed in.
If you’re unsure whether your email can receive our messages, create an account with it to see if you receive our intro email, or submit your email at https://create.kahoot.it/#forgotpassword to see if you receive a password reset email. If either don’t appear in your inbox, please update the email on file.
When signed in to your account, click your username to access your account menu.
Young students don’t have access to either of the above-mentioned options.
If you receive any unwanted email from us, you can use the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of the message or sign in to your account and click “Support” to ask that we unsubscribe you.
When a user who is under the age of 13 (for U.S. users) or 16 (for non-U.S. users) creates an account (a “child accountholder”), we collect his or her email address only for the purpose of providing password reminders to him or her. We immediately and permanently alter the email address such that it can only be used as a password reminder and cannot be reconstructed into its original form or used to contact the child accountholder.
We also collect a user name and password from child accountholders, which are used for login purposes only, to permit the child accountholder to use our Services.
Children can only create kahoots and browse content that we’ve manually approved to be appropriate for children. They cannot browse our full database of user-generated content. They also cannot share kahoots or have kahoots shared with them.
Kahoot! accounts are free. So if you’d like to get started, go to https://kahoot.com/ and click “sign up for free!” in the top nav bar. We will ask you for some basic info that will take less than a minute to provide.
Here are the steps:
This helps us understand who’s using our platform and how. We’re striving to build unique experiences tailored for each group. For the moment, “student” is the only role that may get a different experience, which you can read about here.
You can tie your Kahoot! account to your Google email account, Microsoft email account, or sign up with any other valid email account of yours. This determines how you’ll need to sign in. You cannot switch your sign-in method after your account is created.
If you choose “Sign up with Google” or “Sign up with Microsoft”, you will need to sign in with the corresponding SSO (single-sign-on) button to sign in.
If you choose “Sign up with email”, you’ll need to manually enter your username or email along with your password every time you sign in. Your email is required for password resets. Please DO NOT enter a fake or “internal-only” email. If you can’t receive a message from email@example.com, you won’t be able to reset your password. We cannot verify you as the rightful account owner unless you communicate with us using the email on file.
Depending on what you specify on steps 1 and 2, you’ll be asked for some additional details.
Date of Birth
School, University, Company, or Organization
At this moment, the info you provide in this field does not affect the functionality you experience on the platform. In the future, we hope to provide tailored experiences depending on the type of your organization. Stay tuned!.
This will be your Kahoot! alias. You can create & share games with others on our platform. Your username is how people can find any of your content. So make sure you pick something easy to remember and presentable! Keep in mind that usernames must be 6-20 characters, numbers, letters, underscores only.
Your password (along with username) will be what you sign in with. Passwords must be between 6 and 20 characters long. Make sure it’s a strong one, and remember – passwords should NEVER be shared with anyone, including us!
Have you played Kahoot! before?
Based on your answer, you may see some additional guidance offered after you’ve signed in.
There’s nothing more rewarding than being the classroom hero that treats everyone to an exciting learning experience! Here’s how you get started:
1. Sign up or log in
Go to https://kahoot.com, and log in to your account or sign up.
2. Pick a game type
Click “New K!” in the top navigation bar and pick a game type. You can choose from:
The game type for a kahoot cannot be changed after it’s created.
3. Add details and settings
Once chosen, fill in the details and settings for the kahoot. Optionally, add a video to play in the lobby. Don’t forget to add a cover image!
4. Add questions
Set up questions and answers. Adjust time limits and turn points on or off. Add an image or YouTube video to the questions.
On quizzes, you must mark at least one answer correct. Setting more than one answer as correct will allow any correct answer to award points. Players cannot submit more than one answer per question.
5. Save progress
Between adding questions, it’s good to regularly use the “Save” button. This will update our database and give you choices to continue editing, preview, play, or share your newly made kahoot.
When you’re done editing, let’s play!
A live kahoot is a great way to engage any audience, regardless of their age, with any topic you want to discuss or teach. In order for the experience to be spectacular, there are a few things to do to prepare, as well as a few things to keep in mind while you host.
A live kahoot is intended to be displayed on a large screen (like a projector connected to a teacher’s computer) in front of an audience (like a classroom of students). Audience members use their own web-enabled devices to enter your game PIN in our iOS/Android mobile app or at kahoot.it in their browser to answer questions.
Since Kahoot! is an internet-based service, connectivity is crucial to a successful event. Here are some things you might want to check days/weeks prior to any planned large events:
You can create your own kahoots to use, or save time by using existing public kahoots shared on the platform by our community. If you choose to play a kahoot created by someone else, the best way to review questions, accuracy of info and relevance for your audience is by using our “Preview” feature.
Between questions, you can take time to discuss responses with your audience. It might be worth brainstorming about additional info to share during these moments to enhance learning.
The best way to start a game is to…
1. Go to https://kahoot.com and log in to your account or sign up.
2. Find the game you want to host.
3. Click “Play” to launch the game. Remember that questions need to be displayed on a big screen so that all players can see.
4. Review which game options are on/off and adjust to your preferences – for example, if you’d like to randomize the order of questions or use our nickname generator feature for players.
5. Choose “Classic” or “Team” mode .
6. Wait for everyone to join, then click “Start”.
7. Use spacebar on your keyboard or the “next” button to progress through the game.
Live Kahoot!’ing is lots of fun! A live kahoot is best hosted on a large screen (like a projector screen), so that everyone can see the questions. So, you need a device for hosting, and each of the players needs a device for joining the game.
When the game starts, you’ll see a PIN on the screen. Join by entering the PIN in using our iOS/Android mobile app or at https://kahoot.it in the browser on your internet-enabled device. On the next step, enter your nickname and check if you see it in the game lobby on the shared screen.
After everyone’s entered the game PIN and a nickname, the large screen will display questions, answer options, and any related images/videos. Review them quickly but carefully. Each answer option is inside a box with a specific color and shape that match boxes displayed on your own screen. Use your device to answer!
Choose the answer from multiple options and select the box of corresponding color and shape on your device before time runs out. Correct answers on quizzes may award points based on your speed of response and consecutive correct responses. Survey and discussion kahoots have no right or wrong answers, thus no points are awarded.
Answer options must be sorted in the correct order. Drag and drop, double tap, or double click blocks on your screen to place them in the correct order. Then use the blue “K!” button at the bottom of your screen to submit your sequence before time runs out. Correct answers may award points based on your quickness and consecutive correct responses.
Over 30 million public kahoots have been created by our community. Whether you teach 1st grade, college, or train new hires, it’s very likely you can find pre-made games that suit your needs. To get started, choose “Find Kahoots” in the top navigation bar.
Another option is using the search bar near the top of the Find Kahoots page. You can type a keyword for a list of matching kahoots. Or to see a list of kahoots someone’s made, type in their username.
Things to know about searching…
Filters – You can filter results by common subjects, as well as grade level, creator’s role, intended audience, kahoot type, and language.
Sort by – There are three sorting options that let you prioritize what is shown at top:
Operators – You can use the following to create custom filters within the search bar
There are millions of public kahoots created by our awesome community on the platform. Favoriting and duplicating are both great ways to have easy access to kahoots created by others that you find. If you’re wondering which of these features is best for your needs, read further to find out what the difference between the two is.
When you find a great kahoot, are happy to use it as it is, and are interested to see any updates the creator makes in the future to it, add the kahoot to your list of favorites (using the button with a star). But be mindful that if the creator deletes their kahoot, it will no longer be in your list of favorites.
If you find a kahoot that’s mostly great but needs a few tweaks, for example, to match your curriculum or personalize some of the questions, use the duplicate feature to create an editable copy of your own. Since this kahoot is now saved on the list of your own kahoots, future edits by the original creator will not impact your duplicate.
Simply click on your username in the top nav bar and select ‘Delete my account’ from the account menu.
If you’re not able to to login, try using the ‘lost password’ link that will take you to https://create.kahoot.it/#forgotpassword.
You will be asked to submit your email. If your email isn’t found, you’ll see this error:
If the email you submit is in our records, you’ll receive this message:
At this point, check your inbox for an email that contains your username and a link to reset your password. It should appear in your inbox within 5 minutes in most cases. The link to reset your password is only valid for 24 hours.
Sometimes, this email will be filtered into your junk/spam folder. If it’s nowhere to be found, your email likely belongs to a school/business that has security settings that are blocking our auto-generated email. To resolve this, contact an IT Admin at your school/business and ask that they whitelist emails from “firstname.lastname@example.org”.Click the link in this email to be taken to a page that lets you reset your password. Alternatively, you can copy the link and paste it into the address bar of any web browser. Once you’ve set your new password, you should see this message:
You should be able to sign in again using your username and new password.If you still can’t sign in…
Have you recently come across a link to someone’s profile?
Or have you noticed that some usernames are purple?
We currently have a closed beta test going on where we’ve selected a handful of users to trial public profiles. If you find a purple username, click it to view their profile!
We are not currently offering new public profiles. We’re refining this feature a bit before releasing on a wider scale.
Anyone 16 or under doesn’t have access to the following features:
If any support is needed, they should ask a parent, teacher, or legal guardian to create or sign in to their own Kahoot! account to contact Support on the student’s behalf.
Also, if someone 16 or under is having trouble signing in (or forgets their password), it’s important to know two things:
Since we launched our platform, the Kahoot! movement has gone beyond a school setting. Today, Kahoot! is played by learners of all ages in diverse social contexts, including corporate employees that use Kahoot! for training, events, teambuilding activities and in other scenarios.
To tailor the Kahoot! experience to organizations, we created a premium version of our platform – Kahoot! Plus. Learn more about the difference between the free and the premium version:
Our free version is geared towards use in schools and it’s currently used by millions of educators around the world. It includes the following features that help to unlock the magic of learning:
Kahoot! Plus is the premium version of our platform tailored for organizations to use in work settings. In addition to the possibilities available in the free version (and helping us keep Kahoot! free for schools), it gives you access to a set of premium features. What’s the “plus” in Kahoot! Plus?
A key feature to Kahoot! Plus is having a private organization area where you and your team create and share kahoots. The admin of your organization can invite more trainers to collaborate on kahoots.
As the creator of the organization on Kahoot! Plus, you are the sole admin and will have the following privileges:
Trainers and other colleagues you invite become trainers in your organization on Kahoot! Plus. You and they will have the following privileges:
When you create a Kahoot! Plus account for your team, you get a free 30-day trial. To get started, you’ll need to sign up for a new account at https://create.kahoot.it/register. When you need to choose how you want to use Kahoot!, choose “At Work”.
You’ll then be able to choose Kahoot! Plus. Doing so will have you select your billing frequency (monthly or annual) and how many members (including you) will be a part of your organization. Your team size can be changed at any point after sign up. Due amounts will be prorated accordingly.
Next, you’ll complete the standard sign-up process. After that, you’ll need to follow on-screen instructions to provide payment information (we only accept Visa, Mastercard, AMEX, Discover, Diners Club, and JCB cards). Then, your team’s account is created! You’ll be taken through a quick onboarding wizard to provide both a full-color and a white-only team logo, as well as emails for trainers to invite.
You’ll also be given an opportunity to make copies of your kahoots in your organization’s private area. This is your chance to create duplicates of your kahoots. After finalizing this step, kahoots in your personal space can only be transferred to the organization.
When setting up your organization on Kahoot! Plus, some of the first steps is creating a name for your organization and uploading full color and white logos. If you ever need to update any of these, get started by signing in to your account and doing the following:
This will take you to a page where you can change your organization’s name or logos, as well as add or remove trainers.
Simply change what’s in the “Organization Name” text field and click the green “Save” button.
Simply click the logo you want to change, upload a new image, and click the green “Save” button.
Full color logo
This will appear in each of the questions. This must be a JPG or PNG file type, no larger than 5MB. We also recommend it be 500 x 500 px.
This will appear in the game lobby and post-game screens on a colorful background. This must be a PNG file type, have a transparent background, and is no larger than 5MB. We also recommend it be 500 x 500 px. If you don’t have a logo at hand, ask your designer for help or check this article on making the background of your logo transparent.
Enjoy a branded Kahoot! experience in your training sessions, customer events, team building activities and other settings! If both logos are in place, you can move on to branding your games! Both the color and the white version of your logo need to be uploaded in order to unlock your branded theme.
When creating a new kahoot…
That’s it, now this kahoot is branded!
If you want to add your logo to an existing kahoot…
If your credit card expires or you want to update bank account info, you can do so from your account menu by selecting your username in the top nav bar and using “Billing”. Then choose “Manage subscription”.
Billing options you can expect are:
We only accept Visa, Mastercard, AMEX, Discover, Diners Club, and JCB cards. Changes will take effect immediately.
Kahoot! Plus allows you to invite other trainers from your organization to collaborate on kahoots. To manage trainers (invite or remove them from your organization), access your account menu by selecting your username in the top nav bar. Then use “Organization management”.
To add trainers, just add their email addresses (separated by commas) in the “Team members” text box and click “Send invite”. Everyone should receive an email invitation to your organization with a link they must use to accept. If they don’t already have a Kahoot! Account, they’ll be guided through creating one.
You can check the status of invitations at any point by using the list of trainers below the “Send invite” button. There are three possible statuses:
Upgrading your subscription with additional licences will result in a prorated charge applied to the account immediately based on the price difference of the updated subscription.
To remove a team member from your organization, find their username and use the “remove” button to the right.
Changes will be updated on the next subscription renewal date. Any billing detail changes will be reflected immediately on the customer’s account.
Kahoots created by the trainers you remove will remain part of your organization area.
There are two ways to transfer a kahoot to your organization: move it or copy it.
Edit your kahoot’s description and change the “Visible to” field to your organization’s name.
Once a kahoot is visible to your organization, it belongs to the organization. This means you cannot change its visibility and are no longer the owner of the kahoot. It will no longer be on your My Kahoots page. You can access it through your organization’s private area. If at some point you move on and are no longer a part of your organization, you won’t have access to kahoots owned by your organization. Please use discretion when deciding what to move.
Create copies of your kahoots anytime with the “Copy kahoots” tool from your My Kahoots page!
In your organization’s private space, there is a section called “Reports”. Here, you’ll be able to search for kahoots by name or host, as well as view detailed results and analysis specific to each game or player.
Just click “View results” for a session you want to review. You’ll be able to see:
Stay tuned, as we plan to expand the features available on this page soon!
Kahoot! Plus allows teams to work on kahoots collaboratively. While multiple people can now edit kahoots, only one person can edit a kahoot at a time. You’ll know someone else is editing a kahoot because it will be locked, preventing others from editing it.
If you are the admin of your organization’s account, you can access the dropdown menu to the right of the locked kahoot and select “Unlock”. This will expire the editing session of the trainer that’s editing the kahoot, erasing any edits they made that weren’t yet saved to our database.
Once unlocked, the kahoot can be edited by others.
If your payment information doesn’t not work for some reason, we will notify you by email immediately. We will also send reminders periodically. If your payment information is not updated within 10 days, your subscription will be paused.
If for any reason you want to pause or end your K! Plus subscription, you can do so from your account menu by selecting your username in the top nav bar and using “Billing”. Then choose your active subscription to view billing options.
In the “Subscription” section, click “Cancel Subscription”.
This will prompt you to confirm cancellation. K! Plus features will remain accessible to you until the end of your current billing cycle.
Pausing your Kahoot! Plus subscription won’t cancel your personal Kahoot! account. Your trainers will no longer have access to your organization’s private area. But you (the admin) will still have access. If you also want to cancel your Kahoot! account after cancelling your subscription, you can do so by accessing your account menu and choosing “Delete my account”.
To reactivate Kahoot! Plus, simply go to the billing page and use the reactivate button.
Game PINs are unique to each kahoot session. They are generated once a kahoot has been launched, and used at kahoot.it so that learners can join a leader’s kahoot.
In order to find a game PIN you need to be at a location where someone is hosting/leading a kahoot. The screen they’ve launched the kahoot on must be in sight for you to see the game PIN. Here are more details on leading/playing kahoots.
Our core mission is to “make learning awesome”. To do that, we believe that we can have the greatest impact by focusing on social learning.
When we designed our layout, we considered and tested many different approaches. It was overwhelmingly clear to us that engagement and learning were diminished when students were fixated on their own devices, largely siloed to their own personal experience.
When students have to look up to see questions and answers on a shared screen or projection in front of the room, they are more aware of each other and the result is often a powerful experience. They cheer and engage in conversation with their classmates around the educational content.
With that said, we understand this setup may not work ideally for everyone. While adding this dynamic to our platform doesn’t fit our current development road map, please feel free to add votes and comments to this idea in our suggestion forum. Additionally, if you have other ideas that might suite your needs and fall more inline with our focus on social learning, please be sure to search or add them to our forum.
This guide covers the three ways that results can be found and downloaded.
When are results saved to my account?
Results are only saved to your account if you led/hosted the kahoot while logged into your account! This means that if you emailed a share link to someone else, no results will be available to you. Also, if someone was logged into their account when they accessed your kahoot and hosted it, results will be saved to their account, not yours.
What format do results come in?
Results come in Microsoft Excel’s “.xlsx” file format. However you choose to download results, you can do so directly to your device or upload them to Google Drive.
Results allow you to see every student (nickname) and the answer they chose on each question. There are some basic statistics calculated, like total correct answers and score. Besides a general overview, there are also tabs for detailed breakdowns of each question and a tab of “raw data” (intended for building your own custom tables/charts).
How do I download results?
Option 1: At the end of a kahoot
On the last screen of a kahoot session, you’ll be able to download results. If you or the host is not logged into an account, this is the only time results will be unavailable.
Option 2: From your account dashboard
Your dashboard is the screen you land on as soon as you login. Your dashboard gives you quick access to the last 4 kahoots you hosted in the “My Recent Results” section.
Option 3: From your “My Results” page
There are two ways to access this page:
This will take you to your “My Results” page, where you can access results from all kahoots you’ve ever hosted. Results are permanent and cannot be deleted.
From this page, you can also launch a past session in Ghost Mode or send a share link for that session to someone else so that can compete against your class from the past!
As part of our commitment to keep Kahoot! safe and enjoyable for all, we’ve implemented some functions to help you handle inappropriate nicknames.
Hosting a live game in Classic mode, you have an option to assign a random friendly and funny 2-word nickname to players, for example, “kind tiger”. Instead of typing in a name to enter on their device, players will get up to three tries to spin for a nickname before joining the game.
We carefully maintain a list of words deemed universally inappropriate. Whenever someone joins a kahoot, this list is checked to ensure their desired nickname is ok for use. If it isn’t, their nickname with automatically be changed to something neutral. So if you have a cluster of learners joining with nicknames like “router”, this filter may be why.
If you notice that some nickname got filtered by mistake, log in to your account and use the “Support” link in the top nav bar to send us a message requesting to whitelist a specific nickname.
Also, if you feel that our filter failed to catch something inappropriate, please use the “Support” link in the top nav bar to send us a message requesting to blacklist the specific nickname.
If you spot mischief and see an inappropriate nickname in the game lobby, you can click the nickname to remove that player from the game.
If you have reason to suspect that someone is sharing your game PINs outside the class, enable this game option on the Game Options screen (where you choose between Classic or Team mode). Doing so will require players to enter a game PIN as well as a pattern to join your game. The pattern changes every few seconds, making it harder for players who can’t see your screen. Both the PIN and this changing pattern will be present throughout the game, so your intended players can rejoin at any point.
Using the back or refresh buttons will exit you from the game. Please ensure you don’t press these, or you’ll have to start at 0 points once you re-join.
If you were disconnected and your screen indicates it’s trying to re-connect you, let it do so and you’ll retain your accrued points.
Points are calculated based on speed of answer and each question’s time limit.
You can also toggle on a game option called “Answer Streak Bonus” that gives additional points for consecutive correct answers. This is a great way to reduce guessing and encourage critical thinking! This bonus compounds on top of the points system, allowing up to 1500 points per question.
This guide will explain a two ways to put a kahoot into a printable format.
Start by clicking the title or cover image of a kahoot
Then click ‘Show all answers’, just above the first question
Option 1: Print Screenshots
Option 2: Copy/Paste Into A Text Document
If you are an iOS user:
You try to enter a game on the webpage kahoot.it but all you see is a blue screen with a loading icon.
If you use a different OS:
You enter a game and type in the game pin, but then see this message when you are trying to enter a game:
“We couldn’t get you into the quiz. Please try again.”
Kahoot! relies on cookies to allocate game pins to different devices, you are seeing this screen because you have disabled cookies on your browser. To enable cookies on your browser, see this article for more information. This will allow you to enter the game.
There are two possible reasons this could happen:
– The kahoot was closed before the missing questions were asked.
– Your login credentials expired in the middle of the kahoot session.
Kahoot! is designed to bring learners together, whether they are in the same room or on opposite sides of the world. The best ways to play Kahoot! remotely or with people you don’t know is what we call Connected Kahoot!’ing. Here’s how:
Using screen sharing or live streaming tools to loop in players from anywhere in the world, Connected Kahoot!’ing is all about enjoying social learning without borders. Learn more about our involvement with the Global Classroom initiative. You can set up a remote game with another classroom, school, or even challenge the Kahoot! K!rew. If you don’t know anyone to play with, try posting an invitation on our Facebook Community.
How do players join a game remotely?
Aside from a device and internet connection, all players need to join is a shared screen.
With video calling tools like Skype, Google Hangouts and Appear.In, the game’s host / leader just needs to share the screen with remote participants. They can then join the game as usual, using the game PIN.
To host a game remotely with a large number of players, you might find it easier to use live broadcasting tools like Twitch, YouNow, or YouTube Live.
Warning: Do not share the PIN on social media or you may attract a large number of uninvited players and this will have an impact on game play.
Spotted a “Highest Climber” message while playing a kahoot?
The Highest Climber feature is designed to boost motivation by rewarding players outside of the Top 5 who have shown improvement from one question to the next. It isn’t just about being the quickest to click, it’s about understanding the content. Building knowledge, making progress and moving forward. That definitely deserves a reward. or example, if a player has moved from 31st to 27th position, that player gets to see their name in lights on the scoreboard!
You don’t need to do anything – it’s automatic!
Our research shows that players feel more motivated and excited about their progress when the Highest Climber messages are shown now and then – when it feels like a nice reward! The Highest Climber needs to be outside of the Top 5 and have moved up at least 3 places in rank, so you’re more likely to have a Highest Climber when playing with a large group.
The highest climber feature has a 33% chance of populating if the following conditions are met:
Per those conditions, having a larger group of players will increase your odds of seeing this features. 8 players is the minimum.
Blog post: New scoreboard feature: Highest Climber
Medium Article: Experimenting with Answer Streak Bonus to make learning awesome
Medium Article: Developing new game mechanics at Kahoot!
After you’ve found or created a great kahoot, you can host a live kahoot by using the kahoot’s “Play” button. This will open your kahoot in a new browser tab, starting at a screen where you choose between two game modes to begin the game.
On most supported browsers, a “Full Screen” button shows in the top right of the screen that you can use to maximize visibility of your kahoot. This can be toggled throughout gameplay. If using Internet Explorer or Edge browsers, use the F11 key to enter full screen.
There are two ways to host a live kahoot: classic mode with each player answering from their own device, or team mode where a group of players share one device to answer.
Each player joins and answers every question individually on their own device, competing for top score against all of their peers. Questions appear for 5 seconds before answers do. After the game, you can download results showing each player’s nickname, final score, and breakdowns for each question.
If you want players to share devices, team mode allows players to team up and collaborate. After the question has displayed for 5 seconds, there’s 5 additional seconds of “team talk” time where the question and answers are displayed before the question timer starts. This gives teams time to discuss what the correct answer is. Downloadable results will show you each team name, final scores and breakdowns for each question. Player nicknames are not included in the report.
Under the mode selector, click on “Game options” to see the full list. These options let you customize the way you play and host kahoots. The settings will be automatically saved for the next games you host.
These options impact the game mechanics of your kahoot.
These options affect how easy it is to join your kahoot.
These options adjust automation of certain steps.
If you’re using Internet Explorer 9 or 10, they don’t support the ability to provide a full screen button.
There are two options to get around this:
2. Use Internet Explorer’s built-in full screen feature
– Press F11, or…
– From the Menu bar, choose View > Full screen
How can I preview/play a kahoot alone?
This article explains how to play a kahoot in a “single player” mode.
Preview Mode: Overview
This mode is intended for uses like trialing the gameplay experience of a kahoot you’re building, or of a public kahoot you’re thinking of playing with others. Results will not save to your account.
Step 1: Find the kahoot
– If you want to play someone else’s kahoot, find it on the “Public Kahoots” page (or the “Featured” page if you’re 16 or under)
– If you want to play your own kahoot, find it on your “My Kahoots” page
Step 2: Find the preview button
– Click the title of the kahoot to access a detailed view of that kahoot
Step 3: Play the kahoot
– The host screen and player screen appear side-by-side so that you can manage both simultaneously.
In order to play kahoots back-to-back without having to choose a new one after each one finishes, create a playlist by…
Clicking the checkbox next to each kahoot that you want to play
Then using the “More actions” box to choose “play selected”
Your playlist will start one of the kahoots and will show a “Play next kahoot” button on the Final Scoreboard screen. The order of kahoots is random.
Participants will not have to re-join at the start of every kahoot
– To require they re-join, turn on “Require players to re-join after each kahoot”
The “play again” button at the end of the last kahoot will start the playlist over
– Your playlist can progress on its own if you turn on “Automatically move through questions”
We have free apps available for iPhone and iPad, Android, and Windows 10 devices.
We have an app for iOS and Android that lets you join hosted games, as well as play Kahoot! on your own or through challenges with friends. You can download it for free:
We do not support customized distributions or root/jailbreak versions.
Chromebooks that support Android apps can use our app.
For those of you using Windows 10 mobile devices and computers, we’ve built 2 apps to help you create and play Kahoot!.
The functionality of our apps for Windows 10 is different from iOS and Android mobile app.
If our apps are not compatible with your device, you might be able to create a custom shortcut on your home screen. “How” to do this depends on your device. But here are URLs you can save as shortcuts or bookmarks:
You don’t need an account to get started with our iOS and Android app, however, if you do have an account, you’ll get access to some great additional features.
Without an account, you’ll be able to:
If you sign in to your account, you’ll also be able to:
* You must be at least 13 in the U.S (at least 16 in the rest of the world), to create or share challenges.
Use the profile icon at the bottom of the screen (left of the “Enter PIN” button). Then tap the settings icon and use the “Log in” button.
Tap the same profile icon, then use the gear button in the top left to access the “Log out” button.
Yes! Just open the app and use the “Enter PIN” button at the bottom of the screen.
Joining and playing
You get the game PIN from the host. Questions will appear on a large shared screen. You’ll look up and use the app as your controller to submit answers. You won’t see answer alternatives on your own screen.
After playing a live kahoot, you can access your game history under your profile and replay the game for revision as many times as you want. You’ll compete against your previous score and scores of other players. This is a great way to practice and repeat the topic in the challenge.
If you try to play a kahoot in the iOS/Android app, you might notice you can choose to play “The Curious K!rew” or “Challenge others!”.
Play with virtual opponents – Robyn, Mal, Nancy, and Shima – for a fun and competitive single player experience! This is perfect for practice, either when you have a test coming up or before sending a challenge to your friends. Questions are played in rounds of 3 questions max. This allows you to play on-the-go and pick things up later, whenever needed.
Share a PIN or challenge link with others to see who can top the leaderboard! Once players complete a challenge, they can repeat the challenge by playing “practice games” against virtual version of others that have completed the challenge.
You can search for any public kahoots, including your own, by using the magnifier icon at the bottom of the screen (right of the “Enter PIN” button). Search for a topic you want to find kahoots about, or someone’s username to find public kahoots made by them.
Once you find a kahoot you’re curious about, tap on it to see details like the first 3 questions to see if it peaks your interest, then tap “Play” in the bottom right to get started.
Use the profile icon at the bottom of the screen (left of the “Enter PIN” button). Then “Log in” if you’re not already. You’ll then be able to browse your own results, kahoots, and favorites. Currently, the app doesn’t offer access to kahoots that were shared with you.
Create a fun learning experience players can take with them wherever they go!
First, open the app and sign in to your account. Then find and tap on the kahoot you want to challenge others to. Here are the detailed instructions:
Watch this video with detailed instructions:
You can also create challenges on the computer. For more info on challenges, please check out these articles
Challenge can be played by up to 100 players. To play a challenge, players need to install our mobile app for iOS and Android. Currently, challenges cannot be played in a web browser.
Challenges are designed for mobile play! Kahoots are divided across rounds of at least 3 questions. Rounds can be played at leisure without losing progress. The top scorers list between questions reflects performance of other players participating in the challenge.
Players can select a round to review what the questions were and what they responded with. They can also select a question to take a closer look at the images and review correct answers.
After completing a challenge, you’ll find it each time you open your app in the “In progress” section. Once the challenge is over, you can access your game history under your profile and replay the game as many times as you want.
After you’ve created a challenge, you’ll see a PIN and challenge link to share.
Accepting a challenge
Up to 100 players can participate in a challenge. To accept a challenge, players need to install the Kahoot! app on their iOS or Android devices. They can join using the challenge link or PIN.
Once players start playing your challenge, you can keep track of the progress. You can see:
To access results…
You can also download reports with challenge results on your computer. Log in to your account, go to My results, find the title of the kahoot you set as a challenge and download results in a spreadsheet. Learn more in this article.
In addition to hosting a live kahoot in class, you can assign challenges to make homework awesome! Learners play them in their time outside the class in our mobile app.
Here are several reasons to try Kahoot! challenges for homework:
Whether you want to assign a kahoot as homework or challenge your friends for fun, you can do it both on your computer and in the mobile app. Here’s how.
If you want to share the challenge link or PIN with more players later, you can access it by clicking the Challenge button in the kahoot.
Watch this video for detailed instructions.
You can keep track of challenge results both on your computer and in the mobile app. See the players’ scores, how many correct and incorrect answers they gave and dive into stats question by question.
Please read this article to find instructions for playing challenges.
Currently, Kahoot! challenges can only be played in our mobile app for iOS and Android.
Before you start building a kahoot, you first have to choose a “type” to build. Each type is intended for a slightly different experience.
Unique to the quiz are features like assigning right/wrong answers and toggling points on/off. When a quiz is played, there will be a scoreboard between questions to show the current top-scoring players. Use quizzes to introduce new topics, review recently learned material, and ultimately add fun/reward to the learning experience.
Unlike a quiz, surveys don’t have right/wrong assigned to answers, and there is no points system or scoreboards. You will still see a bar graph between questions showing how many chose each answer. Surveys can be used to find out what participants already know know (or just learned) without competition, and you can use the bar graphs to guide conversation.
If you’re in the middle of a lecture/presentation and want to quickly ask a spur-of-the-moment question (and record responses for later analysis), consider creating a discussion. This is identical to a survey, but with a limit of only one question. Discussions aim to get you through building the question and into hosting it quickly.
A Jumble offers the same competitive-play as a Quiz. But Jumble questions come with a twist by challenging players to place answers in the correct order rather than selecting one correct answer. Learn more about this new kahoot type here.
This article explains how to get into the create tool to edit an existing kahoot.
Step 1: Find the kahoot
Step 2: Find the edit link
Step 3: Edit your kahoot
Below are details on numbered section shown in the image above:
When creating a kahoot, you can make an answer correct by pressing on the small grey circle with a white tick button next to the relevant answer field.
This will turn it into a green ‘Correct’ button.
Also, ensure you’re creating a quiz and not a survey, as surveys don’t have right or wrong answers.
By default, players have 20 seconds to submit their answers for each question, but you can easily change the timer settings for any question.
Once logged into your account, you’ll be at your dashboard
To the right of each question, you’ll see a drop-down menu labelled Time Limit. Click to open the drop down – now you can decrease the time limit to as low as 5 seconds to pick up the pace in the game and reinforce well-known facts, or increase to as long as 120 seconds to allow for critical thinking, working out time or discussion.
Tags are extremely useful for two things:
In a kahoot’s description, any text starting with the hashtag symbol (#) and ending with a space ( ) is considered a tag. When someone searches for a term, kahoots that include an identical tag will be listed higher than if the word simply exists (no # in front).
Note that if using a hashtag before a phrase, the phrase needs to include no spaces. For example, if the phrase is “first grade”, the hashtag should be “#firstgrade”. Typing “#first grade” will cause the hashtag system to think the tag is simply “#first”.
When creating/editing the description of your kahoot, use hashtags within the description box.
This guide show you how to copy a kahoot so that you can adapt it for your own learners or audience.
You can either browse the Public Kahoots list, or search for something specific. You can also find one of your own kahoots under the My Kahoots list.
When you hover over the kahoot in the search results or the public kahoots list, a green Duplicate link should appear.
A fully editable draft copy of the kahoot will now appear in your My Kahoots page.
You can edit as much or as little as you like to make it your own. You may want to replace images or videos, reword the questions, adjust the timer settings to suit your learners, or even translate the whole kahoot – it’s up to you!
We’re all here to make learning awesome, and that means sharing expertise, knowledge and of course kahoots! When you duplicate a kahoot, we’ll automatically add a little note acknowledging the original creator.
No longer need a kahoot you made or duplicated? You can delete it!
– There is no limit to how many kahoots you can have saved on your account.
– There is no feature to restore kahoots you delete.
– There is no way for us to restore a private kahoot.
There is a hover effect to hide the edit, duplicate, and delete buttons on kahoots your mouse isn’t hovering over.
– Hover your mouse over the quiz and click the red “delete” button with a trash can icon next to it.
There is no hover effect.
– Click the red “delete” button with a trash can icon next to it.
Losing your hard work can be big setback! There are currently a few scenarios where you might be able to restore your work.
First, it might be worth reviewing a few key points about how saving works:
If you made a brand new kahoot and it was never saved, there may be some data in your browser’s cache you can try to restore. As long as you’re on the same phone/tablet/computer and browser you used to create the kahoot, try to make the same exact kahoot. You’ll then be asked if you want to restore unsaved data.
This will not happen if:
If you accidentally deleted a kahoot, we might be able to restore up to the last three deleted kahoots. Please know that we cannot see text or media in private kahoots, and we are unable to restore kahoots on accounts for students under 16.
To get our help with this, sign in to your account and use the Support link in your top nav bar.
In the “Send us a message” box, get to us as the following details in as descriptive a fashion as you can:
Then click “Next” > “Skip and send message”. Finally, please fill out the additional details to help us respond to you, as well as track prevalence of this issue.
What should I expect?
We’ll aim to resolve this as quickly as possible. There’s a chance we may not be able to locate enough data to restore your kahoot(s). We’ll be sure to keep you informed as we investigate. All-in-all, this process typically takes 1-3 business days.
What if my kahoot was saved before, but I wasn’t able to save questions I recently added/edited?
Unfortunately, we don’t currently have a way to restore questions in this scenario. The best thing to do is avoid major data loss by using the save button after every one or two questions. After using the “save” button, the next screen will let you go back into the create tool. Based on common Europe and U.S. internet connection speeds, this usually only takes about five to ten seconds to ensure your data is saved to our database.
When editing a question or answer, a small toolbar will appear in one corner of the text box. It will allow you to format text as bold, italic, superscript, or subscript. It will also have a Ω button that will open a symbol picker.
The symbol picker allows you to insert symbols without using keyboard shortcuts.
If you don’t find the symbol you need, you can try finding it here. You can click the symbol and choose “copy to clipboard”, then paste the symbol into your question or answer.
What about right-to-left (RTL) languages?
Kahoot! doesn’t yet support RTL language formatting. But here are some tips:
You can find mathematical symbols in our rich text editor. It will appear below your answer choice fields when you are creating or editing a kahoot!
If the editor doesn’t offer the symbols you need, you can upload an image with the symbols. You can do this through Paint on Windows or Paint 2 on Mac. If you’re missing symbols, please get in touch with us through our support channel and we’ll add them.
If you are looking for creative ways to use math with Kahoot! here are a few suggestions:
Looking for more tips on Math-Kahoot!’ing? Learn more from Deputy Head Teacher David Gee who uses kahoot to encourage solving math problems!
When a kahoot has been duplicated, a new ‘draft’ of it is created on your ‘My Kahoots’ > ‘Created by me’ list. Before you can use it, you’ll need to do the following:
Until you do this, the copy will remain as a ‘draft’.
Why do I see “empty boxes” instead of the special characters?
If you’re seeing the “□” symbol anywhere, this likely means that the device you’re using doesn’t support the symbol that’s actually supposed to appear.
Devices typically have several “font-families” pre-installed on them to help interpret symbols in various different styles. Not all font-families include stylized versions of every symbol. When a symbol is supposed to display that the font-family your device is using doesn’t support, you’ll see a “□”.
Our platform should display fine if your device supports any of the following font-families:
Montserrat, “Helvetica Neue”, helvetica, arial, sans-serif
It’s also possible that a unicode symbol is supposed to display that your browser doesn’t support. If this is the case, you can simply try a different browser.
If you’re seeing an error message when you try to save a kahoot that says “contact support”, here’s a few things to try in order to fix it.
Use the grey pencil button to the right of your kahoot’s description.
Once you enter the description section, you shouldn’t be able to use the “Ok, go” button without a
more specific error message telling you what to fix. In most cases, the issue is with one of the following:
If that doesn’t work…
Use the orange pencil button to the right of each question.
Ensure that you can use the “next” button to get back to the overview page. Similar to the description section, a more specific error message should appear on whichever question(s) has an issue.
Jumble questions come with a twist, by challenging players to place answers in the correct order rather than selecting one correct answer.
In order to get this fun new experience out quickly, downloadable results are not currently available. We will develop new results for Jumble as quickly as possible.
Also know that Jumble is not usable with Team Mode or Ghost Mode.
Access and follow our Jumble Profile to get quick access to our Jumbles kahoots!
1) Hit the ‘New K!’ button and select the shiny new ‘Jumble’ icon.
2) Add a title, description with tags, audience and cover image just like you would with a quiz or survey kahoot.
3) Start adding your Jumble questions! Be sure to add your answers in the correct sequential order – we’ll automatically randomize them during the game!
4) Save and play your Jumble kahoot. Get creating now!
This guide shows where to go to add, replace, or delete a cover image from a kahoot.
A cover image is the picture you see next to each kahoot on your My Kahoots or Public Kahoots (or Featured) pages.
To add a cover image, start by choosing to edit your kahoot. Then choose to edit your description.
Then drag an image into the “Cover Image” box, or use the “Add Image” button inside the box to find one on your device.
After you’ve added a cover image, you can later remove or replace it by revisiting the description editor.
This guide shows where to go to add, replace, or delete an intro video from a kahoot.
An intro video is the movie that plays in the background while everyone joins a kahoot.
To add an intro video, start by choosing to edit your kahoot.
1. Choose to edit your description.
2. Copy the full URL of the Youtube video you want to use.
3. Paste the URL into the “Intro Video” field.
After you’ve added an intro video, you can later remove or replace it by revisiting the description editor and deleting or replacing the video URL.
This guide shows where to go to add, replace, or delete a question’s image.
Choose to edit the question you want to edit.
After you do this, you’ll see a Media box where you can choose to add an image or a video.
Drag an image into the Media box, or use the “Add Image” button inside the box to find one on your device.
After you’ve added an image, you can later remove or replace it by revisiting the question editor.
Any images uploaded to our servers need to follow the parameters below in order to display properly.
Images must be:
– If you uploaded an image that’s not displaying at all, make sure you are allowed to view images from our domains. Talk to your network’s IT Admin for help on how to do this!
Play a kahoot to learn some basics of making animated GIFs!
This guide shows where to go to add, replace, or delete a question’s video.
Choose to edit the question you want to edit.
After you do this, you’ll see a Media box where you can choose to add an image or a video.
1. Copy the full URL of the video you want to use from YouTube.
2. Choose “Add Video” from the Media box to access the options below and paste the video’s URL into the “YouTube link” field.
After you’ve added a video, you can later remove or replace it by revisiting the question editor.
There are two ways you can use Kahoot! with PowerPoint/GoogleSheets/Keynote.
You might be able to find online 3rd party add-ons that allow you to embed webpages into slides. Note that we only support direct use of the following browsers and cannot troubleshoot any such add-ons.
Yes! Start by creating a link on a slide, then check out the ‘public’ option in this guide to get a link for a particular kahoot.
It’s important to know that MS Office doesn’t support “#” in URLs. Before using a kahoot’s shareable link, input it at https://goo.gl/ for a shortened link that’ll work in PowerPoint.
If your images are disappearing after uploading or when you launch a kahoot, it’s likely due to a security filter on your computer or school network.
To fix this, make sure you are allowed to view images from our domains.
Talk to your network’s IT Admin for help on how to do this!
Visible to: only me
Only you can access the kahoot. For all users except child accountholders, you can allow specific users to host as well as duplicate or favorite it.
Visible to: everyone
For all users except child accountholders, your kahoot is accessible to anyone. You can share a link to the kahoot anywhere including text, email, forums, Twitter, or Facebook. Others will be able to host as well as duplicate or favorite it. It can also be found in our Find Kahoots section, which means it can be reported. Please keep it appropriate for all ages!
Visible to: organization
For Kahoot! Plus subscribers only, trainers within your organization can edit and use the kahoot. Once chosen, this option cannot be undone. The kahoot will be owned by the organization and cannot be shared/accessed by others outside the organization. Learn more about this here.
If you don’t see “Public Kahoots” in the top nav bar and instead see “Featured”, then you signed up as 16 or under.
You can change the privacy setting (or visibility) of your kahoots to “Private” or “Public”.
Aren’t viewable by others, except those you’ve shared the kahoot with directly.
Are viewable by others on the “Public Kahoots” page.
There are 2 ways to change a kahoot’s privacy setting:
1. Under “My Kahoots” > Created by me you can hover your mouse over your kahoot to see a message saying “Make public?” or “Make private?” appear. Click on this.
2. While editing a kahoot’s description, you can change the “Visible to” field to “Only me” (Private) or “Everyone” (Public).
In the ‘My Kahoots’ or ‘Public’ sections, you can hover over a kahoot to see a ‘Duplicate’ link.
As outlined in our Terms and Conditions, we do not pre-screen or monitor all content posted by users. It’s the responsibility of every user to ensure that content is not:
Every public kahoot has a “Report” link you can use to request we review it.
When you click the report link, a form will display.
Please be as detailed as possible!
If we cannot determine from your report why the kahoot may violate our terms, the kahoot may be approved. Once approved, the kahoot cannot be reported again until the creator makes a change to it.
It will be immediately removed from our public stream until one of our Moderators is able to review it. The kahoot’s creator will be notified that it’s under review. While pending review, only the creator can access their kahoot. Your information will not be shared with them, though we may offer them some reasoning as to why it was reported.
– If our Moderation Team agrees that the kahoot violates our terms, the creator will be notified that the kahoot is now “quarantined” (meaning the creator can only edit the kahoot.
– If our Moderation Team disagrees, or the “quarantined” kahoot is revised to a state we believe is appropriate, the kahoot will be “approved” for public access.
There are three reason a kahoot won’t have a report link:
If you feel a kahoot should be reported that can’t be, please contact us and let us know!
If you tried to send your kahoot to someone by pressing the email button and nothing happened, it may be due to there not being a default email client configured on your device.
To resolve this, you’ll need to decide on an email client to use and follow that service’s guidelines to set it up as your device’s default.
Proper network and security settings are important to your safety. But they can sometimes cause hiccups with our services. Below you’ll find useful details for ensuring smooth gameplay on secured networks.
Kahoot! needs access to ports 80 and 443 on these domains:
Kahoot! also requires secure websockets technology, which may cause issues with some proxy servers. You may need to whitelist our websockets URLs in your proxy’s security settings:
SSL is used to encrypt data between devices and servers. Networks that monitor SSL activity sometimes replace our certificates with those of the monitoring service. This can cause authentication errors. The above URLs may need to bypass network monitoring.
Cookies, pixel tags, or similar are used to keep track of progress. These will need to be allowed for our URLs to work properly.
You can test to see if Kahoot! can be played on your network at https://test.kahoot.it/. If Websockets is “true” and Log is “Connected”, then you shouldn’t need to worry about the requirements above for typical gameplay.
Check out our white paper to learn about our approach to security & privacy, as well as all you need to know for IT setup and tips on creating a safe gaming experience.
Kahoot! offers web platforms that are fully supported on the latest two versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, and IE.
Windows 10 apps are also available that provide shortcuts to our web platforms.
You can also install our iPhone/iPad and Android apps on supported operating systems.
We do not support customized distributions or root/jailbreak versions.
Chromebooks that support Android apps can use our app.
Check out our Security white paper to learn about our approach to security & privacy, as well as all you need to know for IT setup and tips on creating a safe gaming experience.
An internet connection is vital to a game running smoothly. Determining the minimum bandwidth you should have is largely based on the most amount of participants you expect to have at once. Based on past usage, we recommend the following:
We also recommend the hosting device be connected via ethernet (not wifi) to ensure stability.
Kahoot allows up to 4000 participants in a single game, but this will likely require a fiber optic internet service to handle the anticipated traffic. To identify the recommended bandwidth for a game with more than 1000 participants, multiply your total number of participants by 0.045. For example, 4000 players x 0.045 = 180 Mbps up & down.
Note that routers sometimes have limits on the max number of devices they’ll handle. We generally recommend asking participants to use their cell data if they have a good signal, leaving wi-fi for those with poor signal. Each answer submitted is roughly 1Kb of data. Someone with a 1Gb data plan could send over a million answers before reaching 1Gb.
It’s also important that you host such a game on a laptop or desktop with moderate hardware (like an i5 processor and 8GB RAM). Games are reliant on the hosting device to process responses from players. On a rare occasion, issues in gameplay can be attributed to the hosting device’s hardware.
Downloading or exporting your game results to Google Drive from a Kahoot using Internet Explorer is currently not supported.
This feature is not available in Internet Explorer because IE is currently not supported by the Google Drive software.
Reset your security settings to ‘default’. Do this on the ‘security’ tab in the options panel, by dragging the bar next ‘high’ down to ‘medium-high’. See image below:
Click on ‘Trusted site’ under the large green tick.
Then add the following to your list of “trusted sites” one-by-one:
If your device is disconnected whenever you wake up its screen, this may be because the default settings in most mobile phones/tablets/iPads/iPhones have battery-saving features enabled that may cut-off websocket traffic.
Keep your screen on and unlocked. In many cases, our platform will reconnect your device soon after it “wakes up” (may take up to 2 minutes).
Don’t refresh your browser! If you do, you’ll have to rejoin and start with 0 points.
You can adjust network settings on your device!
On iOS devices (iPhone, iPod, iPad):
On Android devices:
Toggling these features may drain your device’s battery more rapidly.
Consider undoing these changes once done playing.
Yes, we have a character limit of 95 for questions, and 60 for answers.
The character limits aim to keep questions and answers short and sweet, to help ensure learners are quizzed on core concepts and aren’t struggling to understand a question. This could be a major killjoy if your kahoot is perceived as unfairly complex. Complex questions can also degrade the quality of your downloadable results (did they truly not know the answer, or did they not understand the question?).
Despite that, there are definitely reasonable circumstances you might want to create longer and more challenging questions. Since this isn’t currently possible, something you can do instead is make a PowerPoint or GoogleSheets presentation where each slide contains a question you want to ask.
Then using your device’s screenshot or snipping tool, you can quickly turn the slides into images and upload them to your questions.
Note that images don’t show before answer options do. So be sure to extend question time limits accordingly.
Though there is no limit, we recommend making quizzes or surveys around 10-20 questions long.
Engagement levels often lower with more questions.
This isn’t to say games shouldn’t be longer, we’ve seen games with more than 50 questions provide high engagement, but it should provide a guideline. Everyone uses Kahoot! in their own way!
While many people create and play kahoots for review, formative assessment or to re-energise the class, “Blind kahoots” are designed to teach new material in an engaging and impactful way, and with lasting effects. Every learner will have a chance to feel success and motivation throughout the game. The Blind kahoot is built on the same format as a review kahoot, but the way to best put it to use can slightly differ.
Designed to challenge learners to beat previous Kahoot! scores, Ghost Mode is all about motivation, healthy competition, and reinforcing learning through fun repetition. Here are 3 ways to play Kahoot! in Ghost Mode:
At the end of the game, you’ll see the winner’s name displayed. Click Feedback & Results, and then click Final Results. You should now see a Ghost Mode button at the bottom of the scoreboard. Click Ghost Mode to launch the game again and play against the scores from the first game.
Let’s say you want to play the same game in Ghost Mode later in the year so learners can see just how much they’ve progressed. Log in to your Kahoot! account (create.kahoot.it) and click on your name in the top right corner. Choose My Results to see a list of all the games you’ve ever hosted. Next to each game, you’ll see a purple button with a ghost. Click Play Again to play against the ghosts of that game.
Also on the My Results page, click Share Link to copy a link to launch the Ghost Mode version of that game. You can share on social media, your school’s intranet or email to let others try to beat your ghost(s) – some teachers send the link home as homework so students can try to beat their own scores at home.
Is Kahoot! a part of research you’re conducting? Whether it helps you to collect data, or it’s the main focus of your research (double wow!), we’re thrilled that you have included it in your project! We’re really passionate about research ourselves, and we’re sure that there are many interesting discoveries awaiting you ahead.
We often get questions about learning theories related to Kahoot! To give you some guidance, our Pedagogy K!rew put together a list of reads that can give you good food for thought. Of course, it’s impossible to make a selection that would work for every researcher, from bachelor to Ph.D., and fit any topic, but this is a starting point.
Also, please, bear in mind that none of these sources can be referred to as “the origin” of Kahoot! pedagogy. There are certainly quite a few touchpoints, inspiring references and relevant examples, but hey, we’re Kahoot! and we’ve never done it by the textbook! 😉 If you’re interested in Kahoot!’s own take on pedagogy, see some recommendations towards the end of this article.
Definitely! Here are some theories that might be interesting for you to look up – certain teachers, pedagogy experts and educational scientists bring them up in relation to Kahoot!:
Sociocultural learning theories (there’s more than one!) focus on the social component of the learning process.
Leo Vygotsky (note that his name has slightly different spelling in different countries – you can also find him, for example, as “Vygotskij”) is a name you’ll often come across when it comes to social learning theories. He researched and wrote about collaborative learning, the importance of social interaction, teacher’s active role in students learning (as a like-minded), zone of proximal development and significant others (students at different levels helping each other out).
You can find connections between many of these concepts to our “Learners to Leaders” model. Both when it comes to students collaborating on creating kahoots, and when students take action and lead their classmates through a game. Social interaction plays a great part in our cognitive development. Or, if we put it into simpler words – we learn better and get more motivated when we learn together.
James Wertsch is one name that is well known name within Sociocultural learning theories. Among other things, he analyzed mediation, emphasizing the interaction between humans and between humans and objects.
John Dewey was a psychologist and educational reformer whose works can give you insight into learning by doing, experiential learning, classroom democracy and taking part in your own learning process.
Want to explore how students can shape their own learning process? Then we recommend you to look into the principles of self-guided and inquiry-based learning.
Socioconstructivism is a sociological theory that emphasizes the collaborative nature of learning.
There’s a whole set of theories around motivation and behaviorism. Some of these are strongly linked to theories that are connected with gaming.
If we go a couple of centuries back in time, you might want to get familiar with Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi – this Swiss pedagogue and educational reformer spoke about all-round education that engages the heart, hand and head and cared deeply about lifelong learning. Here’s a good start: http://www.jhpestalozzi.org/
Do you have other suggestions we could add this list? Drop us a note – it’s always exciting to discover new touchpoints in learning theories and explore new takes on pedagogy!
Recently, one of our co-founders Jamie was interviewed on Talking About Everything podcast. This 45-minute conversation is a great summary of our stand on social learning, power of gameplay and helping learners become leaders.
Kahoot! pedagogy encourages a loop that lets a learner become a leader. Discover the key points on this model in one of our blog posts.
For an introduction to inclusive education, inclusive design and game-based pedagogy, check this article with a commentary from our founders.
Kokoa, a Finnish digital education agency, nicely summarized its independent pedagogical view on Kahoot!.
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