In a classroom, it is good to involve the students and make the content more interactive. The more students feel like they are involved in the class and in the materials, the more they will learn. Nowadays, there are a few websites and softwares available to do so. One of these websites is Kahoot. Kahoot allows users to create online quizzes, surveys, and poll questions.
It is a very simple website. You, as a teacher, create a quiz or use one already existing (when creating a Kahoot, you will be given the choice to keep your Kahoot private or to make it public, which allows other to use your quiz). The quizzes themselves are quite easy to create. You only have to type in the questions and answers, and choose a few options, such as the points given and how many answers and questions there will be. Once a quiz is done, you will be able to ‘’launch it’’. This can easily be done in front of the class, by projecting your screen for all students to see. The screen will show a game pin (game number), which the students will have to enter in the website on their own mobile device or computer. The website for the students is different from the one you use as a teacher. It is Kahoot.it. Once the students are connected to the website and to the Kahoot itself, they choose a nickname, and they can answer in real time the questions projected in front of the class. After the quiz, there is a scoreboard, on which are written the highest achievers of the group. This can motivate students to do well in tests in order to be featured on the scoreboard.
Quizzes can be done on many different subjects and in many different ways relevant to the ESL classroom. For example, an educator posting on the Kahoot online forum mentionned using it to introduce new concepts or to reinforce knowledge. He also mentioned using it to challenge students to create their own Kahoots. In an ESL classroom, for example, you can create a Kahoot to introduce a new unit, or to activate prior knowledge as a pre-activity. You could also use the website to have students create their own quizzes, for example about a particular grammar point they had been working on. Another educator proposed 10 ways to use Kahoot in a classroom, some more useful for an ESL classroom than others. Among these, using Kahoot for vocabulary drills, reading comprehensions, or identifying images with students. Doing vocabulary drills with students can be very interesting and useful, since it can help them learn vocabulary more easily. Reading comprehensions can also easily be done, and are an easy way of assessing the students’ comprehension after they read part of the textbook or part of a book they are reading in class.
The website has a lot of positive points. One of the biggest is that it allows every student to answer and participate, and that it really involves students in the learning process. It also is very easy to use, in class or at home. Also, there are many Kahoots already available online, and they are on many different subjects. However, it might not be able to always use Kahoot since every student or at least group of students need to have one electronic device.
Another good point of the website is that only the teacher has to create an account. Also, the results of the different quizzes can be saved and downloaded onto the teacher’s computer.
I would personally use this website in an ESL classroom, for many different purposes. I would probably try to do as many different activities using Kahoot as I can. For example, I would do vocabulary drills and reading comprehensions with students. As a future ESL teacher, I think that it is a great tool, it involves students and is very easy to use. I also think that one of the best advantages of the website is that students love it, and are always interested in participating in the activities that are made using Kahoot. It is a really great tool!
A tutorial provided by the Kahoot website.
A video demonstrating and explaining Kahoot: