The kids’ got Kahoot!

OK, likely to be of interest. A teacher chum of mine recently did an A-Level class using a new “thing” called Kahoot, and said it went down a storm. I’ve just had a look and I can definitely see it has possibilities and potential and someone with a bit more creative nous than me could make something great out of it. It’s free to use, and you can use it “socially” so feel free to experiment.

The idea is you set multiple choice quizzes, with pictures and audio and video if you want, and the teacher or host plays it out on a big screen. Questions are up to four multiple choice and you can choose how much thinking time your players get. Pupils or players go to Kahoot.it on their computers or mobile devices and input the PIN on the big screen, put a name in, then you’re ready to go – the questions and answers pop up on the large screen and the players pick the shape that represents their chosen answer on their device. When time is up, everyone has locked in, or the teacher wants to move on the correct answer is revealed and the teacher and pupils can discuss the question. Then it shows the Top Five leaderboard after each question. At the end the teacher can download a file with everyone’s scores and answers.

This evening I made a quiz and advertised it on Twitter. Making the quiz was quite easy, unfortunately we discovered quite quickly that the questions and answers don’t show up on the players devices which is basically a massive shame. However it does strike me that it’d be possible to do something over Google Hangouts – people watching on Youtube wouldn’t work I don’t think because of the thirty second delay, but with people in a party I think you might be able to put something together.

HERE IS AN AMAZING THROWN TOGETHER EXPERIMENT:

 

brigsbigquizresult - Here’s a link to the Excel file the teacher can download after the game with all the responses and timings as an example.

Rewatching the video it’s a shame you don’t seem to be able to find out who answered what on the big screen and can only infer it from the scores – I presume that’s not to embarrass kids which is fair enough although in a more social setting that’s where a lot of comedy lies, as Everybody’s Equal has taught us. The option would be nice at least.

12 Comments

  1. David says:

    A bit of news about the US summer schedules:

    BBUS will start early again- June 25th. Same Wed/Thurs/Sun schedule, although the last couple of weeks might change because CBS has picked up NFL football on Thursday nights.

    ABC is making some major plays- The new format Rising Star starts June 22nd. It’s lead-in will be Wipeout, which is moving to Sundays after being on Thursdays for most of it’s run- and it’ll be up against the Sunday BB episode.

    The other new ABC show is The Quest- that’ll be on Thursdays starting June 19th. (it was originally scheduled to air in January, but got bumped). Here’s the blurb about that show from the press release:

    “Great fantasy is filled with adventure, challenges, discovery, fish out of water and good vs. evil — turns out, another modern genre shares these exact same traits. Announcing “The Quest,” a reality show that will literally take contestants and audiences to an amazing, imaginative realm, where the ogres are advancing in the woods, the dragons are stirring, agents of a dark lord are infiltrating the keep, and the only thing that stands between peace and chaos are 12 very unlikely heroes. From the producers of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, paired with the producers of “The Amazing Race,” “The Quest” will be a fully immersive experience. In and around this castle, our fantasy realm will come to life with state-of-the art projections, animatronics, prosthetics, real-time motion capture and art direction. The narrative and mythology of “The Quest” is deep and fully imagined, and it has been designed to incorporate seamlessly with the unexpected actions and decisions of our contestants – fantasy comes alive as it never has before in this genre-bending series.”

    (I’m intrigued about this, but the scheduling is iffy- it’ll be up against CBS comedy reruns, which always do well in the summer)

  2. Daniel Peake says:

    The Quest sounds rather like Knightmare, doesn’t it.

  3. Brig Bother says:

    I really liked the sound of The Quest from when it was first announced, although it’s bumping and timeslot does suggest a lack of confidence.

    • David says:

      I want to see some clips before I make any judgement- if the SFX works well and the players are really into it (and how the game works makes sense), it could be OK.

  4. I host a charity quiz at my local school where I could see Kahoot fitting in rather well.

    Thanks Brig for the tip-off.

    Looking forward to watching The Quest.

  5. Chris M. Dickson says:

    Commission x four hundred and four.

    The name does remind me of that advert, though. “I’ve got a royal flush!” “Yeah? I’ve got Kahoot!”

    • Brig Bother says:

      No no no, the line is “the kid’s got Cahoot” and I’ve moved the apostrophe to represent more than one kid i.e. A class of children, I DON’T JUST THROW THIS TOGETHER.

      • Alex says:

        He does say “What are you laughin’ at!? The kid’s got Kahoot!” at the end, so yeah.

        Why do I know this, I last saw the advert when I had a Nynex connection.

  6. Paul B says:

    Your Monday ratings round-up:

    Pointless 3.47m (25%)
    The Chase 3.32m (24%)
    University Challenge 3.02m (13%)
    Tipping Point 1.90m (21%)
    Come Dine With Me 0.91m (7%)
    Perfection 0.89m (14%)
    Revenge of the Egghead 0.85m (5%)
    Deal or No Deal 0.65m (8%)
    Four in a Bed 0.64m (6%)
    The Voice: Louder on Two 0.58m (3%)
    Countdown 0.30m (5%)

    Very boring. Everything within 50k or so of last week. Perfection’s share down 2%, Countdown and Four in a Bed’s down 1%, otherwise all the shares are identical.

  7. Weaver says:

    The Fifteen-to-One revival of 2014 is happening. It starts on Saturday 5 April at 5.15, with what appears to be an hour-long edition featuring “celebrities”.

    Then it pops up on Monday 7 at 4.30, still running for a full hour, I think those are “civilian” episodes.

    Other channels are pulling out their big guns: provisional schedules feature new Tipping Point, new Chase, new Pointless, and repeats of The Great British Bake Off.

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