Cheers, excitement, laughing, edge of your seat engagement; these are not necessarily words that normally get associated with assessment. Kahoot does an excellent job of “gamifying” assessment and making it fun. My classroom lights up with excitement when they hear it is time to “play” Kahoot!
Kahoot plays like a game show, where students devices turn into response clickers, and the front board is turned into an engaging question with answers. The questions and quizzes can be made from scratch, or created from a bank of a few hundred thousand already made quizzes. Questions can include pictures, multiple correct answers, and the game provides some tense music akin to Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
There is some competition; students are given points based on how quickly they select the correct answer. We have had discussions about sportsmanlike attitudes. We also talk about how things happen that are sometimes out of our control that could have consequences on the game. For example, a student may accidentally close out of the window and have to reenter the game. At the end of quizzes students get to rate the quiz and their overall feeling of the game. As a teacher, I get a spreadsheet of answers, and I can revisit concepts that were tricky for the whole class or individual students.
Kahoot provides a fun way to mix up assessments in the classroom, and create some good spirited fun. Check it out for yourself at getkahoot.com
Instructional Technology Coach