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Make Learning a Game with Kahoot!

Association of Texas Professional Educators
Association of Texas Professional Educators

Date Posted: 5/13/2020

As an educator, you face an ongoing challenge in keeping your students engaged and excited about learning—especially during these times of distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kahoot! is one tool that can help with student engagement. Kahoot! is a free software program that allows teachers to create entertaining learning games in minutes. Use the games to introduce a topic or reinforce knowledge. Create questions from scratch or use quizzes from their extensive library. Run a formative assessment or collect student opinions. Every classroom is different, but Kahoot! allows for flexibility and can be used in different ways.

The basic version of Kahoot! is free, and educational institutions affected by the coronavirus outbreak can currently get free access to the Premium version.
Kahoot! isn’t just for the classroom, either. You can create interactive presentations and games for your next faculty meeting or in-service or just to have fun with friends and family. Visit kahoot.com/schools for more ideas of how to use Kahoot! in the classroom.

Play with the Whole Class
In the classroom, you will need a big screen so everyone can see the same questions. While distance learning, you can display the questions via Zoom or another videoconferencing platform Students answer on their devices individually or in teams.
Self-Paced Learning
Assign students a self-paced challenge they can play anywhere and anytime. The questions and the answers are displayed on their screens as they move through the assignment.
Student Participation
Encourage students to create their own games to play individually or to share with their peers.
The original version of this article appeared in the Winter 2019 edition of ATPE News magazine.