I was immediately draw into the colours and the sounds that were coming from the television as Abi prepared us for our 'quiz'. We used our laptops, iPads or other device with internet access to enter our unique game pin before beginning the quiz. Each question popped up on the screen before displaying the answer options and we had 30 seconds to answer. Kahoot! counted the number of answers that had been submitted before announcing the correct answer and the 'leaderboard' for the quiz. After seeing that, I was hooked! I love a bit of friendly competition as it really helps you focus and determined to do well.
We went through a series of questions - some with images and some with videos - and answered them as quickly as we could. The answers do not display on the device of the quiz taker, so you really need to make sure that the focus is there to find the answer and then match the colour and shape to those being displayed on your device.
At the end of the quiz you are able to use the program's analytics to gather data about the students performance. This can be saved as a spreadsheet so that you can refer to it at a later date and use it to track student progress.
Putting together a Kahoot! quiz is really quite easy. After creating your account (you have the option of creating it with your Google account, which is awesome!) you simply hit 'New K!'. The site guides you through creating your quiz, allowing you to insert images or video (still in the experimental stage, so some hiccups may occur with this) into your questions.
Once you have created your quiz you simple save it and when you are ready you hit 'Play Now'. This provides your students with a unique game pin that allows them to access your quiz. The best part about Kahoot! is that your students do not need to create an account to use it. You can also use it on any device that has Internet access!
I used my Year 7 Science class as my guinea pigs for my first Kahoot! quiz and to say they loved it is an understatement! Once they got the hang of reading the question and finding the corresponding shape/colour on their device they were hooked! The competition element worked a treat and they loved seeing the leaderboard pop up!
Literally as the last question finished and the overall winner was announced they asked if they could play it again!!!