Using ‘Kahoot!’ to assess – Phase 1b and 2

‘A Kahoot is a collection of questions on specific topics. Created by teachers, students, business-people and social users, they are asked in real-time, to an unlimited number of “players”, creating a social, fun and game-like learning environment.’

Throughout both of my phase 1b and 2 practices, I used Kahoot to assess children’s learning. I often used this at the end of a topic to assess what they have learnt so far. For example, when teaching 3D shapes, I implemented Kahoot as a quiz and allowed the children to work in teams to answer the questions. I also implemented Kahoot to assess: history, maths, English and RE. Each time I’ve used it, the response from the children has been great – they have thoroughly loved it! It enables them to work as a team and creates a competitive culture (in an all boys school, this was evident more than ever). Although it takes time to create the quizzes, I would definitely use this again. However, it does rely on the school having access to technology (preferably iPads) and sometimes this isn’t the case. This wasn’t the case during my phase 2 placement and I had to use Kahoot when we were in the ICT suite which was quite rare. Also, it doesn’t enable the teacher to assess each individual child’s progress as they work as a group so it provides a more holistic approach. It enables the teacher to see what needs to be addressed to the whole class, rather than a specific child. Therefore, it is fundamental to use a wide range of assessment strategies to gain an all-round view!

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