Hello and happy Saturday. Today I’m opening the doors to my imaginary classroom to bring you a three-part series of strategies I used to keep my teenage students engaged. Needless to say, these strategies actually worked and this is why I’m sharing them with you.
The first strategy is Kahoot. Now, I found out about it because one of my Portuguese teachers used it a lot in class, and since I’m super competitive I ended up loving it and wanting to try it in at least one of my lessons. Kahoot is basically a platform in which you either create interactive quizzes or you can use one that already exists.
For this, both you and your students to have either a computer, a tablet or a phone. Through your device you will have to project the questions and options, and through their devices, students will select the correct answer. What I used to do was connect my computer with a HDMI cable to the TV so that everyone could see, and I had students working on their own devices, in groups.
I will be honest with you and tell you that I’ve only used the quiz-like feature, although I know there are others like puzzle and I don’t know what. I have yet to explore the other wonders of Kahoot. I used Kahoot when we needed to review grammar and language use topics, but I sometimes took questions from the workbook so that the students could have a reference if they wanted to study more, which didn’t really happen.
Now, I think I used Kahoot like three times during those three months I was teaching my students, and because I needed them all to have a device for our final review, I was able to borrow tablets from the IT department. My suggestion here would be to always ensure that all your students have working devices. The best way to do this is for the school to provide said devices, so if you don’t know whether your school has tablets available for your students, maybe ask around before having your Kahoot class. Maybe try and see if the technology room is available that day and have each of your students work on a computer there or something.
I have been thinking about ways to use Kahoot with younger students, who are learning to read, and I’m sure adaptations can be made, so if and when I execute my ideas, I’ll share them in here. And if you have any suggestions on how I might achieve this, let me know in the comments.
Love, Miss Camila