Kahoot is a piece of educational technology that makes assessments, quizzes, surveys, discussion and learning feel like a game.
Its most popular use is as an interactive multiple choice quiz where you can add videos and pictures.
You make (or find on their huge library) a quiz, then students jump online with their phone, laptop, or tablet to answer the questions.
The student has four possible answers on the screen and they tap the square on their screen that corresponds with the correct response.
You can adjust the time each question gets, but the default setting is 20 seconds.
Kahoot has an optional points system that rewards speed, as long as the answer is correct.
This makes the experience competitive with an ever-updating scoreboard and a final winner’s podium.
You can remove the points system but the scoreboard persist with all players receiving zero points.
Kahoot has recently introduced a new game play option called ‘Jumble’.
The format of a Kahoot remains the same and the screen looks very similar during gameplay, but the new additions make all the difference.
In a ‘Jumble’, students are asked with each new question to put the four coloured squares (now rectangles) into the correct order.
So the answer is… yes, jumbled! “Why would I want students to order their responses?” I hear you possibly cry, or think, or mumble.
It is actually incredibly useful in a number of situations where a multiple-choice quiz comes up short.
As a drama teacher I expect students to know a range of facts, dates, quotes, plays, and theatre styles.
This ‘Jumble’ option makes students think harder, deeper, and more critically about their response.
It gives the students far more time to respond and provides the teacher with a more indepth testing option.
Students could use this to arrange quotes, words, chronological events, historical events, plot points, maths equations, simple alphabetical arrangements, and even directional- based responses such as parts of the body from left to right, or geography east to west.
I have also used it as a way for students to categorise their responses by asking them to place the words in a certain order such as; verb, noun, adjective and then a suffix.
I like that the responses are not automatic – unlike a usual Kahoot – here they are required to press a circle with a large ‘K’ in the middle to confirm their answer.
This ensures students are certain of their responses before sending them off. And you can download the data afterwards. Nice.
Students have really enjoyed doing a ‘Jumble’, and they are usually pretty good judges of what works.