In an effort to stay focused this summer while still allowing myself to relax a bit, I will be posting some of my favorite EdTech tools each week. I’m aiming for one per day, but let’s be serious – it won’t happen. The thing that’s most important about each of these tools is that it doesn’t matter what the tool is; what matters is how you USE it to meet your desired end. Using a cool new tool for the sake of using it is pointless. So with each of these tools, post a comment about how you have or you would use it in the classroom. I love new ideas, so please share freely!
EdTech Tool #1: Kahoot!
Kahoot! is one of the first tools I heard about when I began my position as media coordinator. Check this picture out; have you ever gotten this kind of battle-cry out of a child while giving a paper-pencil multiple-choice assessment?
This kid is engaged, this kid is excited, this kid is in charge of learning. And in case you couldn’t tell, this kid was correct! I love using Kahoot! as a quick formative assessment tool in the media center. Kahoot! is a game-based classroom response system. Teachers log in through getkahoot.com and students join the game through kahoot.it using a unique Game Pin. I have media expectations as a quiz and will use it at the beginning of the school year to quickly review expectations and procedures. The kids beg for Kahoot! One of my favorite features is that the students get points for not only answering correctly, but also for answering quickly. This has really cut back on the “cheating” that can happen through digital formative assessment. Even if little Ricky cheats off little Josue and both get it correct, little Josue will get more points because he answered correctly first. I let the kids know that upfront and it deters many from cheating because they don’t want to waste the time looking at someone else’s screen.
Another way I have used Kahoot! is during Battle of the Books practice. It’s a quick way to learn and review authors and book titles. Because the time limit is adjustable, I can start the year having 20 seconds of think-time and end the year with 5 seconds of think-time.
This year I will make a Kahoot! quiz to use at the beginning and end of each quarter as a pre- and post-assessment to show growth and make students more accountable for the information they learn in the media center. Speaking of assessment, one of my favorite features of Kahoot! is the analysis that is immediately accessible at the end of a quiz. It lists each participant on the left side, questions along the top, and shows each answer, time it took to answer, and final score. It will show which questions were most-missed and is color-coded green and red for quick feedback.
A final thought: there are currently 2.6 million public Kahoot! quizzes to choose from if you don’t have time to make your own! Simply find one that meets your needs, tweak it a bit if desired, and play!
I’m looking forward to using this tool even more throughout the years. How would you use it?