In this guest post, Abby Terry, an educator with Mothers and Babies in Binghamton, shares a hot tip!
When presenting our middle school life skills and using a “Jeopardy” style review game, a student suggested we use Kahoot! instead. We investigated and found that by changing the question format to multiple choice, it would work well and be engaging for all students. Students were already familiar with the game from other classes and are instantly excited when they hear there will be a Kahoot!
The level of student excitement and engagement prompted us to put the Myth and Fact activity from Be Proud, Be Responsible into Kahoot! as well. Immediately, we could see the benefits of every student responding with less time to be influenced by their peers. We had real-time feedback of what the majority of students understood, or what we would need to clarify. We are also able to gather trend data from the Kahoot! website by downloading reports. One hiccup was that we were only able to do this for schools that provide an iPad or tablet for each student.
We knew that we had to make this available to all students both for the student’s increased excitement and our data collection. Kahoot! works through an app or the website. We had experience with students using the app, but the app is not available in the Google Play Store, which works with our Kindle Fires. We didn’t want to allow students open internet access, so we set out to find a work-around. After some research (involving APK mirrors, etc), we were able to load the Kahoot! app onto all of our Kindle Fires and now we use it at every school for Be Proud, Be Responsible and Making Proud Choices. It’s even more exciting for the students who don’t have tablet access every day and our results have been fantastic. For more information about using Kahoot! with evidence-based programs or with Kindle Fires, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
~ Abby Terry,
Mothers and Babies