Students and teachers from across the globe are experiencing a new way of learning thanks to an Austin based edtech startup called Kahoot. Kahoot helps teachers create fun learning games in minutes. Teachers can create the games from a series of multiple choice questions, add videos, images and diagrams to spur engagement.
Teachers are having a boat load of fun and students are having a hoot of a time.
The games are created on the teacher’s device and then shared via smart board, Clear Touch or other screen at the front of the classroom. Students play along on their devices making it personalized group fun. Teachers create a “campfire moment” for the students participating. After the game, students are encouraged to create and share their own Kahoots.
“Social learning promotes discussion and pedagogical impact… whether players are in the same room or on the other side of the globe! After a game, encourage players to create and share their own kahoots to deepen understanding, mastery and purpose.” the company says.
Kahoot isn’t your everyday clicker game system. Kahoot emphasizes student engagement through competition making it more fun to learn. They’ve also added game components like nick names, leaderboards, music and interactives. It’s part game show, part clicker game, part educational tool. It’s been widely adopted worldwide. Over 1 billion players are on Kahoot.
The Austin based startup hasn’t left any stone unturned when it comes to improving Kahoot. Earlier this month they announced integration with Microsoft Access Teams for Office 365.
“This integration will help teachers and administrators better connect with each other and their students, in the classroom and beyond.” The company said on their website.
Like many of the edtech startups that will be at ISTE 2017, Kahoot goes beyond the K-12 classroom and is starting to get recognized as a tool for higher education. Engagement is still a major issue on college campuses.
“When teachers use Kahoot!, I know student learning is truly important to them. Teachers who use Kahoot! demonstrate the importance of real learning and understanding, incorporating technology, and a sense of community.” Chrissy Cocheo a pre-service teacher at Saint Leo University in Florida said.
Reviews across the web say that Kahoot is a breeze to set up. You can have an idea for a Kahoot while students are settling in and start it when the bell rings.
You can check out Kahoot in person at ISTE 2017 booth number 326 or online here at getkahoot.com