Monday, February 23, 2015
Kahoot It...With a Twist!
We've had many teachers use Kahoot.it in our classrooms the last couple of years. For those who haven't explored Kahoot, check out https://getkahoot.com/ It is an interactive quiz game that can be played from any device with an internet browser. There are thousands of public kahoots you can choose to play if you want to see a sample.
However, today I saw Kahoot used in a different way in the ELA classroom of Mr. Pavliska. His students had a highly engaging lesson with technology seamlessly integrated throughout the lesson; Kahoot was just one of the many tech applications students used. Towards the end of the lesson, the students were going to watch a portion of the movie Anne Frank. From past experience, Mr. Pavliska knew that it was difficult for some students to stay engaged. To prevent this from happening, he employed the use of Kahoot! Each group scribe was asked to have his or her computer open during the movie and navigated to Kahoot. As the class was watching the movie, students were told to write questions to submit to their scribe for creating their own Kahoot with the challenge of trying to write questions complex enough to stump the class. This twist of Kahoot worked! Students were not just kicked back watching this black and white film, but they were taking notes and passing to the scribe to create their own Kahoot review for the class. This use of Kahoot created an environment for writing, collaboration and inquiry while watching a movie. Thanks Kahoot and Mr. Pavliska for helping us transform our classrooms!