In this article Mohammed describes how he has adopted a Games-Based Learning approach in his lessons using Kahoot.
Kahoot! helps educators facilitate distance learning and make it impactful as a classroom experience. It is a free game-based learning platform that makes it fun to learn any subject, in any language, on any device, for all ages and I use it in my lessons a lot. I can easily create, share, and play learning games or trivia quizzes in minutes. Also, I can facilitate a quiz session by playing Kahoot! via video conferencing with students, families, friends, and teachers located anywhere such as Google Hangouts, Skype, Zoom, or Microsoft Teams.
Whether I am teaching remotely, physically or in a hybrid learning classroom, Kahoot! can best help me take the pulse of my class to find out how they are doing. It makes our learning environment more interactive, engaging, comprehensive, flexible, awesome, and fun. I can play, create, host Kahoots and assign challenges to my students who play it at their own pace. This is a good way for content review, particularly before tests.
Undoubtedly, in this era of hybrid and distance learning, the impact of using technology on the learning process is far more important than at any time before. So, I always try to give my students a voice, collect ideas and spark discussions through Kahoot! to deepen the learning environment and make my lesson more interactive.
Also, Kahoot! helps me increase my students’ engagement, participation, and attention in everyday lessons. The variety of question types helps activate different ways of thinking and helps my students develop their creative thinking and speaking skills. They can now spark their creativity by creating their own Kahoots and share the joy of learning with each other. At the end of our lessons, I can collect my students’ feedback and get a report to see how they are doing.
Sometimes my students might feel reluctant to join a discussion because they’re unsure what answer or input is expected. So, I add poll questions to my kahoots to give a model answer and guide them into the topic of discussion. I use a poll question as an icebreaker in the beginning of our classes. In addition, I add slides between my kahoot! questions to change up the pace of the lesson. What is more important is that since I can’t see my students in person, I always add questions to my Kahoots to check in on how my students actually feel.
The global pandemic has disrupted the day-to-day work of many schools. Therefore, when we shifted to distance learning, I flipped my virtual classroom and had my students take the lead. I encouraged them to create and present their own Kahoots! I asked them to create Kahoots individually or connect in small groups via video and work together.
Now they can search among millions of ready-to-play kahoots on any topic, create or edit their own Kahoots in minutes and assess their learning outcomes with reports.
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