The best Kahoot! tips and tricks can help you, as a teacher, to create engaging and educational quiz-based learning that can be carried out in class and online.
At its most basic, Kahoot! is a quiz creator that works well for teachers to use with students. It's easy to use a preexisting quiz and personalize it, or to build one from scratch. Then sharing is as simple as sending a code, or even using it within Microsoft Teams.
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But there are lots more ways to get the most out of Kahoot! as a teacher so your students can be most engaged to learn deeply. That can mean giving you more information on their progress and helping them to fix a misunderstanding before it becomes a problem.
We've picked out the very best tips and tricks for Kahoot! so you can enhance your experience right now without investing too much time or effort.
1. Use Kahoot! to drive the class
The Kahoot! quiz itself can be a useful tool to gauge how your class is doing. By posting a quiz at the start of a lesson, it's possible to get a look at how each student is doing and have a broader idea of where the class is at on that subject.
You can then adapt your lessons as needed as you'll know which areas require more attention. You can also pair up students, for example, matching one with an informed perspective on a subject who can help another who needs help.
2. Save time by using pre-written quiz questions
Not only can you pick from a huge selection of already created Kahoot! quiz options but you can also make your own. However, there is a middle ground that saves time while still offering a bespoke quiz for the class.
Kahoot! has more than half a million questions already loaded from which to pick. These are easily accessed and allow you to create quizzes faster and, often, add in details you might not have considered. All you need to do is start typing a question and, a bit like a Google search, an autocomplete option will fill out the rest with suggestions that might be what you're looking for.
It's also possible to combine Kahoot! quizzes. This is a great way to use pre-created quizzes, or perhaps older ones you or a colleague have made, to create a large quiz – ideal for end-of-term tests that combine smaller quizzes from the year.
3. Use a blind Kahoot! to structure the class
The idea of a blind Kahoot! is to use questions that are totally original and are likely to be unanswerable by the students based on what they know. This levels the field as all students, even the high-fliers, are left seeking knowledge. You can then work as a class to find the answer.
The key is to then tailor each following question to become more answerable based on what they've learned from the previous question. Essentially, it's placing your lesson plan into Kahoot! questions and working along that to keep students fully engaged while learning new concepts.
Grab a blind Kahoot template here to get you started.
4. Use ghost mode to help students improve
The ghost mode is an idea taken from computer gaming in which a student plays against the "ghost" of their previous quiz result. This means they're competing against themselves to make improvements. The result is greater learning, improved performance, and a feeling of success, without the need to actually compete with other students.
This is a great option to use at the start of class, then again at the end, to see how the student has improved. This can also be assigned to a student for outside-of-class time, making it a great way to keep students learning with fun homework that they actually choose to do.
5. Let students create the Kahoot!
A great way to see how students are absorbing the topic you're teaching is to let them create the Kahoot! quiz. This not only allows you to assess the depth of their knowledge but also allows learners to be leaders in the class.
Sure, some of the answers might not be correct, but even this can be useful to show your students' thinking and approaches.
6. Mix up the questions
Kahoot! allows you to mix the style of questions in a quiz, which is a great way to make it more engaging. You can have multiple choice followed by true and false, for example. Slides and polls are also options, but these are only available on the premium and pro paid-for versions.
Not only does this approach keep things fresh but it allows you to change the style of questions to better encompass the subject area you're teaching. Using slides allows you to go into more detail so students can learn and then answer based on what they've taken in. Or use a poll to better assess what the class is feeling on any subject you need to get a read on.
7. Work through the incorrect answers
To really take advantage of any quiz, it's a great idea to work through the mistakes afterward. These are flags for where the student is struggling so it makes sense to examine those answers.
By asking the student how their thinking led them to that answer can also help to flag any larger assumptions on a subject area that may be affecting future understanding. Essentially, by catching it early, this could help make learning easier in the long run for students.
8. Super charge your Kahoots
Kahoot! has teamed up with Marvel Entertainment to offer a collection of free Kahoots that are ready to play and engage in specific subject learning. This helps draw in even the more difficult students with superhero fun that's visually engaging and teaches them content from the Next Generation Science Standards.
You can introduce science concepts in a fun manner before going into more detail – a great way to open a class.