Monday, September 21, 2015

Gamify Your Class

Whether you want to quickly assess your students understanding after a discussion or would like to have students perform assessments of their peer's understanding of their presentation, Kahoot can add a fun, gameshow atmosphere to your class.  Use iPads, Chromebooks, Lab computers or the students' smartphones!

So often, students give presentations, receive their grade, and that's it. But wouldn't it be great to find out if their audience actually learned anything from all of their hard work? Wouldn't student audience members pay more attention if they knew they were going to be playing a game using the information their peers shared?

Kahoot does what all of those sets of "clickers" and fancy software packages promised, but without the hassle of additional devices and almost no learning curve!

Once you've gotten an account,  you log in and choose what type of questions you want to ask.

Then when you're ready, project your quiz screen and students will see something like this.

Students would just need to go to (on ANY device with internet access) and enter the game's pin number, enter a nickname (I'd suggest 1st name or Google username) and when you (or the gamemaster) starts the game, they'll see the 4 choices on their screen.

Please let me know if you'd like to start using this in your class, I'd be happy to co-plan a lesson with you!