Does Kahoot! Make Learning Awesome?

When thinking about formative assessment, I usually think about checking students’ understanding by asking them questions, using dialogue, or asking for a quick thumbs up or thumbs down. To be honest, the use of technology for formative assessment was never something I had thought about implementing in the classroom. However, after looking it up online, I realized that my professors at PC have used some forms of technology for their assessments on my classmates and me. The most popular is Kahoot! Kahoot! is a program with a collection of questions on specific topics. Teachers, students and social users can create the questions on this program. Usually used in a group setting, Kahoot! creates a social, fun and game-like learning environment. I think this is a great tool for formative assessment because teachers can always refer back to students’ answers and will also be able to identify where students are struggling. However, one disadvantage of using a program like Kahoot! is that many of the questions have four answer choices. While discussions can come out of these questions, students do not have the opportunity to explain their answer when they choose. Kahoot! is best for a quiz, quick poll or survey. That being said, I do still think programs like Kahoot! to use for formative assessments are helpful and serve a variety of purposes in the classroom.


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