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Kahoot

About Kahoot:

Kahoot is a game-based quizzing platform, that can be used for any subject area. On the website, teachers can create their own "Kahoots" with things like terms & definitions, multiple choice questions, and true or false questions. Kahoots can be played live as a class to practice learning in-class material. There are also pre-created Kahoots available in hundreds of different content areas, which are free to browse, use, & assign to your class. A lot of the time Kahoots are played for fun.

Technology Requirements:

Teachers can create "Kahoots" from any device. However, it is probably easiest to set up your Kahoot, as well as host them for a class on a laptop.

Students can play Kahoots on any device (iPads, or Chromebooks), using an Internet browser (Safari, or Chrome) once the Kahoot code has been shared with them. There is also a Kahoot app for iPad.
Students join a Kahoot to play it by:
  • Going to kahoot.it
  • Entering the join code provided by the teacher
  • Once a student joins, they are also asked to put in their own "nickname" 

Here is a link with the browser compatibilities for Kahoot listed!
The video below provides a brief tour of the newest version of Kahoot.

Account Information:

There is a free teacher version of Kahoot that any educator can sign up to use, and create Kahoots on. If you sign up as an educator, you have fewer limitations than on the general public free account. However, please note that your free teacher account still limits the number of Kahoots you can create, the amount of players who can join your Kahoot, as well as the types of questions you can include in your Kahoot.

Creating a Free Kahoot Account:

You must create an account before you can create your first Kahoot. To do this:

        

  • Select a "Teacher" account (important to select, so you will have fewer limitations on your account)
  • Select "School" as your Institution type (also important, because K-12 teachers have fewer limitations on their account)

  • Scroll down & Click "Continue with Google." Then sign in using your BC Gmail address.

 


Signing Into Your Kahoot Account:

Make sure you are continuing to sign in with Google, once your account has been created. You can log into your Kahoot account anytime by:

  • Clicking "Continue with Google" and signing in using your BC Gmail address

 

Creating a Kahoot:

The video below shows you the basics of creating a Kahoot. 
Remember, a Kahoot is the set of questions, or the interactive quiz that you want your students to play (either to learn class material from, or just for fun!) Please note that the options appearing in this video with the little orange crown are only for premium accounts, which we do not currently provide to teachers.
  • To begin creating your own Kahoot, just Click "Create" at the top of the screen & start inputting your questions!

Hosting Your Kahoot:

Once you have created your Kahoot and made sure all the questions are correct, you can then "host" it to play with your students in the classroom.
You can either play Kahoots live by Airplaying the Kahoot session and projecting the questions (with all students joining live in the classroom from their school devices), or remotely by screensharing the Kahoot session. Instructions for hosting live, or remote are the same.
Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions on hosting your Kahoot with students:


Once you Click "Play" as the Kahoot host, a screen (example below) will appear with the Game Code. Once again, this screen needs to be visible to the players - either projected in the classroom, or screenshared over Zoom.

To join the Kahoot as players, students will go to:
  • kahoot.it (not kahoot.com) OR Open the Kahoot app
  • Enter the game code
  • Enter their nickname
Once all student nicknames appear on the board, Click "Start" as the host to start the game.

 

Below are a few more "Frequently Asked Questions" that may help you use Kahoot in your teaching practice:


1. How do I assign randomnly generated nicknames for my students in Kahoot?
2. How do I share a Kahoot?
3. How do I play someone else's Kahoot from the "Discover" library?

1. How do I assign randomnly generated nicknames for my students in Kahoot?
This might be appealing if you don't want students to put in silly names, or you just want to get the game started quicker.
  • Launch the Kahoot game you want to play as usual from your account.
  • In the Kahoot "lobby", toggle on the Friendly nickname generator feature from the game options menu – see screenshot below for reference! You can also change other settings in this view that may be helpful.

  • Players will join at kahoot.it or in the app as usual. After entering the game PIN they have up to three tries to choose a nickname generated at random, before joining the game.

2. How do I share a Kahoot with somebody?
This is only possible if it is a Kahoot you found in the Discover library that is set to "Public", OR it is a Kahoot that you created yourself and that is set to "Public" visibility. A student cannot share a Kahoot they made, because they have created it under a student account.
  • Go to your "Library tab, and Click the three dots next to the Kahoot you would like to share. Then Click "Share."

  • Copy the Kahoot link at the bottom of the box, and share the link (this is the easiest way to share a Kahoot with somebody)

To change your own Kahoot's visibility to "Public," go to your Kahoot Library tab, and change the Visibility (see screenshot):


 3. How do I play (or have student's play) someone else's Kahoot from the "Discover" Library?
  • Click into the "Discover" Tab

  • Search through user-created Kahoots until you find one that looks interesting, then Click on it. You will want to look through all of the questions first, to make sure they are accurate & appropriate.
  • Once you've looked over the Kahoot, you will see options to start playing the Kahoot - just like the ones you've created. Click "Play" to start!

 

 

Here are a few ways you might use Kahoot - have students...

  • Practice Vocabulary (in English, or Spanish): 
    • Create questions with a definition of the word, and have students select the correct vocabulary word. Or, switch it! Provide the word, and have students select the correct definition.
  • Test their knowledge of specific facts:
    • Create Kahoots on the topic of a current unit (remember, there isn't a lot of space to write long questions, so if you want students to read longer/detailed descriptions you may want to choose another tool from the Quizzing & Studying page).
  • Do a Kahoot for fun! Choose a pre-made Kahoot (after proofreading the questions) from the public library, and play a Kahoot for fun. This is an easy activity to facilitate during free, or unstructured time.

Below are examples of Kahoot in practice:

Here are more resources from the Kahoot support pages:


​Do you have a specific Kahoot question that you can't find the answer to?
Email Help Desk: helpdesk@berkeleycarroll.org with "App Request" in the Subject Line.

Do you want to see how other educators are using Kahoot? Interested in updates, or how they're approaching Remote Learning? Browse their Twitter feed!