Today, I stumbled on getKahoot.com It is set up much like the other two, but provides a game like format. Lots of points and each persons score is pushed to the deceive as they play. It allow you to upload images, readings, set a timer, email or download results, build a quiz, poll or discussion (embed a youtube to see before discussion starts). It even will play music while it waits for next question.
I made a short "quiz" for tomorrow to check student understanding from a reading and learning that we did in class today. It will allow me to check factual knowledge before we move on to "higher level questions" so that I know each child has the needed information to move forward. I will let you know how it works with my 7th graders. I feel the game nature of it will be useful for certain things during the year.
If you have used Kahoot, we would like to hear from you.
I used this today with two classes--4 more as day goes on. They both begged me to play again after the 15 question West Africa review--and we did. I found a review of the Renaissance made by someone else and they reviewed a past unit:) .
A few key ideas now that I have seen getkahoot.com work. First, this works really well and is fun to use. I could stop and explain ideas, concepts or material students did not understand. They were able to ask questions, clarify material and gain a deeper understanding of what I wanted them to learn. Second, this is mainly for factual material. However, I need them to know facts to move on to higher level thinking, so it fits a need in my classroom. Third, I really ENJOYED watching them and seeing their excitement--it is a very different experience from Infuse or Socative. They really had fun. They got competitive, they cheered each other, challenged the wording of the questions and learned some new information. They really did enjoy it. Give it a shot in your classroom--don't even have to make up the questions, many topics already have questions to use and then tell Mike and I your thoughts. I can't recommend it enough, a real middle school winner. FIVE STARS.