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Up next in this countdown is Kahoot! a free game-based learning platform. It is comparable to a quiz-type game show. Numerous music educators have successfully used this in their classroom for assessments and as a day-before-break activity.
Kahoot! is free and can be used by creating a free account. Once your account is created, you can search their database for games that have been created by other music educators. For example, when I click on “Find Kahoots!” and input “music” into the search bar, over 42,000 games show up. When I input “recorder music”, over 3,000 results appear. If I click on the title of the quiz, the questions appear for me to check out if this is a Kahoot! quiz that I would like to use with my students.
If I would like to use his Kahoot!, I will click the three dots and scroll down to “Preview”. This allows me to try the quiz before I use it in class with the students. If I click the star, I can add this Kahoot! to my favorites to easily find the next time I login.
When I click “Play”, the quiz appears with some options. I can go with the default options or customize them for each class. I tend to go with the default. However, the students love Kahoot! quizzes and games so much, that I will change the options around when they play it for the second time. Kahoot! has individual or team modes. Which one you choose depends on your goal and your devices. If you have a few devices and this is not a station in your classroom, then the team mode might be more optimal. The team can share the device. If you have 1:1 devices, then the individual mode might be more desirable.
One tip: If you suspect that your students cannot write appropriate names when they login, then click on the Name Generator.
What Devices are Supported
Kahoot! supports numerous devices. For my 3rd and 4th grade students with chromebooks, I place the https://kahoot.it/ link in their google classroom. They go to their google classroom, click on the link, and input the game pin (the pin is automatically generated when you choose individual or team mode).
You can create a Kahoot! challenge as a homework assignment. When you are in the Kahoot! quiz you want to assign, click the “Challenge” button instead of the “Play” button. Input the due date for the challenge. Copy the link and game pin and place it on their google classroom, Seesaw, email, etc.
When your students have played a Kahoot!, it will show a podium with the top three high scores and scorers. A few minutes later, you will receive an email with all of the results. You can also access the results from your account. The results can be downloaded as an excel file or it can be saved into your google drive.
I love using Kahoot! to quiz the students on the concert lyrics. To do this, I create a new Kahoot! quiz. I use graphics and snippets of youtube videos to enhance the questions. For example, you can input a youtube url of a video of a song that they are singing and easily edit the video within Kahoot! With Andy Beck’s song, Hot Chocolate, I used a youtube video where I only showed the body percussion part and asked them if they could name the song. In other questions, I wrote out one line and then gave multiple choice answers for the next line.
When the students are answering questions, the game will play until everyone has answered the question. It will show which student is in the lead. The students will also see their results on their devices.
Tip: During the quiz, at least once, a student will be logged out. I always have the game pin displayed (you can click on that in the options) so that the student can log back in.
Tip: For tips on creating a good and effective Kahoot!, check out this blog post.
Only One Device in the Classroom?
If you have one device in the classroom and would like to assess, I would highly suggest plickers. I have used this successfully with younger to older elementary.
2018 is quickly approaching. This countdown will lead to a new webinar showcasing all ten (maybe eleven!) tech tools!
Amy M. Burns is an elementary music educator, clinician, author, and musician. She currently works at Far Hills Country Day School in Far Hills, NJ teaching PreK through Grade 3 general music, grade 5 instrumental music, and grades 4-8 instrumental band. She is the author of Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom, Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with a SMART Board, and Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with One or more iPads! She is also an author for Online Learning Exchange™ Interactive Music powered by Silver Burdett. She has given numerous presentations on integrating technology into the elementary music classroom as well as being a keynote speaker for music technology conferences in Texas, Indiana, St. Maarten, and Australia. She is the recipient of the 2005 TI:ME Teacher of the Year Award, the 2016 NJ Master Music Teacher Award, the 2016 NJ Governor’s Leader in Arts Education Award, and the 2017 Non-Public School Teacher of the Year Award. You can find out more about Amy at her website: amymburns.com