Kahoot! at EdCamps and PD Training in August 2014!

Thanks to all our users that have been spreading the word about Kahoot! in EdCamps and PD training over the summer, hugely appreciated!

We’ve compiled this Google spreadsheet where you can find the events occurring across the States in August, where you can meet our amazing users who will be presenting Kahoot!… and may be even get a t-shirt :)

The Spreadsheet details who you should look out for, the date, website and twitter address. We hope you find it useful, and if you do end up at one of these amazing events please share pictures of everyone Kahooting with us on Twitter

Remember, if you’re hosting or participating in an upcoming event, let us know! We’d love to help out where we can - see our blog post for more information.

Lesson plan adopts our ‘Learners to Leaders’ pedagogy

Thanks to Emily Naylor, Jenni Learnard, and Lindsey Brouillard (@LBrouillard@J_learnard@naylorem86) for submitting this brilliant lesson, tutorial and tips video!

The lesson aspect of the video addresses the need to incorporate web based, mobile technology to engage and empower students.

Tools such as Blendspace and Kahoot! can be used effectively by students to collect and create game style questions for their peers to answer via their mobile devices. The lesson plan aspect gives an example of how implementation can be broken down over 5 x 45minute blocks ending with the students playing the Kahoots! they have created on the previous days.

Teachers can then apply the suggested rubric to assess students based on a number of key points therefore also allowing the teacher to understand whether any students require any extra help based on the data report system available on Kahoot!

Emily, Jenni and Lindsey have created a task completion plan that allows students to collaborate, communicate while promoting critical thinking. Kahoot! allows the student to expand on their current knowledge and blend it with new understandings of any given topic. 

This adopts our ‘Learners to Leaders’ pedagogy by asking students to make their own Kahoots which they present back to the class.

Helpful tips and advice are provided at the end of the lesson to help anyone wanting to implement this system.

Minnetonka Schools iPads: Formative Assessments

Thanks to Minnetonka Public Schools (@TonkaSchools) for sharing this video on how you have adopted ipads as a way to formatively assess.

We love seeing how the innovative use of technology allows teachers to provide real-time feedback as learning occurs. Collecting and analysing students’ understanding of a subject has never been easier or quicker.

Kahoot! is searching for talent to impact education globally
In our first school year we’ve reached some epic milestones: 160 million minutes of game time in classrooms, 160 countries, 4 million unique student users and hundred of thousands of educators.
We’re now looking for full time, part time and contractor staff to join our rapidly growing team and user base. Are you a JavaScript Engineer, UX Designer, Community Manager, Educator with product development skills, System Architect, Linux or a Front-end Wizard?
We enable our users to have the Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose to be life long learners and educators. It’s in our DNA, therefore the same applies to how we structure our company.
You will join a passionate team with the ability to have a direct impact on our user’s lives, who enjoy the freedom of a modern company that understands and values the network economy. We measure success on the results & users stories we see everyday, and the whole company enjoys the freedom to solve their particular tasks where and how it best suits them.
We don’t expect you to see Kahoot! as life long commitment, although we don’t mind if you do! You could have as much impact helping us for 6 months, as you could for 6 years. We’re seeking people to join us who have a strong desire to develop products and foster a community with a global educational perspective, and who show true dedication to what they set out to do.
Follow the tweets, blogs and videos produced by our community, and you will understand our passion and belief that educators and learners deserve well crafted products that empower them to be engaged, collaborative and having fun.
Please share this to someone you think could be that person we seek, and if successful we will reward you with a special thank you from Kahoot!
What roles are we currently looking for?
JavaScript Engineers
A visual designer with equally strong HTML & CSS skills
A Community Manager
With more to come, so stay tuned!

Kahoot! is searching for talent to impact education globally

In our first school year we’ve reached some epic milestones: 160 million minutes of game time in classrooms, 160 countries, 4 million unique student users and hundred of thousands of educators.

We’re now looking for full time, part time and contractor staff to join our rapidly growing team and user base. Are you a JavaScript Engineer, UX Designer, Community Manager, Educator with product development skills, System Architect, Linux or a Front-end Wizard?

We enable our users to have the AutonomyMastery and Purpose to be life long learners and educators. It’s in our DNA, therefore the same applies to how we structure our company.

You will join a passionate team with the ability to have a direct impact on our user’s lives, who enjoy the freedom of a modern company that understands and values the network economy. We measure success on the results & users stories we see everyday, and the whole company enjoys the freedom to solve their particular tasks where and how it best suits them.

We don’t expect you to see Kahoot! as life long commitment, although we don’t mind if you do! You could have as much impact helping us for 6 months, as you could for 6 years. We’re seeking people to join us who have a strong desire to develop products and foster a community with a global educational perspective, and who show true dedication to what they set out to do.

Follow the tweets, blogs and videos produced by our community, and you will understand our passion and belief that educators and learners deserve well crafted products that empower them to be engaged, collaborative and having fun.

Please share this to someone you think could be that person we seek, and if successful we will reward you with a special thank you from Kahoot!

What roles are we currently looking for?

With more to come, so stay tuned!

From Learners to Leaders: Giving feedback on your classmate’s Kahoots!

Kahoot! user Janet Robles (@janetrobles) shared her end of year review project with us, having taken inspiration from Elizabeth Wiseman’s approach in our blog post.

A Spanish Teacher, Maria divided the project into two parts:

  1. Firstly, students were paired up according to their strengths. A chapter from the book they were studying was then assigned to each group, with the task being to create a challenging Kahoot consisting of 15 questions that addressed the content of the assigned chapter.
  2. The second part of the project involved larger groups (about 8 students). Each student took turns playing their quiz back with each other. The others then had to fill out an opinion form on their classmate’s quizzes as they played the games. This gave students the opportunity to quiz themselves on chapters they had not studied.

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Student feedback on Kahoot!

Two of our Kahooters, Brentson Ramsey and his colleague, David Mearns, teach an English preparatory program in Istanbul, Turkey to 14 to 15-year old ESL students.

At the end of the academic year, they asked the students to present their 3 favourite parts of the curriculum, be it academic or ICT-related, and they were kind enough to share with us the short video made by Sima, one of their students, who chose Kahoot as her favourite ICT-tools used in the classroom.

Check out the video! Nice going, Sima & Thank you!

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Also, have a look at the blogpost they wrote earlier this year about Kahoot and how they use it to engage the students in reading.

Thank you, Brentson & David!

Amazing end of year messages from students

We love hearing stories about how Kahoot! has impacted people’s lives, no matter how big or small!

Jessica Runtz (@MagistraRuntz) recently Tweeted us to tell us about the messages her student’s left her in cards at the end of the year:

We wanted to see some of them, so she very kindly shared these!

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Using right-to-left language in Kahoot!

Thanks to Kahoot! user Danit Isaacs (@Danit_Isaacs) who works at The Open University of Israel for this brilliant tutorial on how to use Kahoot! with right-to-left languages, such as Hebrew or Arabic.

As it’s still early days for us, Kahoot! isn’t ideally set up for right-to-left languages (stay tuned!), however, Danit has provided us with this excellent guide for how to make right-to-left work when creating questions/answers!

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Kahoot! user guide
We’ve created this Kahoot! guide to help you get the most from your Kahoot! experience, or for you to pass onto attendees at your talks or events.
It’s intended to be consumed personally on your laptop or tablet, rather than as part of a presentation - so you could include it as a link in your talk (for attendees to go to and download), or add it to an event DropBox or online repository.
As well as being a step-by-step guide, it contains a whole host of links from around the web to make the most of your Kahoot! experience, as well as tips on creating the best quizzes and using Kahoot! in alternative ways to how you may initially have anticipated. Please share it as much as you wish!
And take any content you feel is relevant and add it into your own talk :)
Download the Kahoot! user guide here

Kahoot! user guide

We’ve created this Kahoot! guide to help you get the most from your Kahoot! experience, or for you to pass onto attendees at your talks or events.

It’s intended to be consumed personally on your laptop or tablet, rather than as part of a presentation - so you could include it as a link in your talk (for attendees to go to and download), or add it to an event DropBox or online repository.

As well as being a step-by-step guide, it contains a whole host of links from around the web to make the most of your Kahoot! experience, as well as tips on creating the best quizzes and using Kahoot! in alternative ways to how you may initially have anticipated. Please share it as much as you wish!

And take any content you feel is relevant and add it into your own talk :)

Download the Kahoot! user guide here

So, our brand new t-shirts have arrived! We were so excited to have them that we just had to try them out :-)
& here is the team with the t-shirts: Jamie Brooker to the left, Ana Luis in the center and George Agnelli to the right.
What do you think? We look good, right? ;-)

If you want a t-shirt, here is how you can get it:
http://blog.getkahoot.com/post/86503762772/are-you-organising-an-event-or-running-kahoot-training

How do I find good videos to use on my Kahoot! ?

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Our experimental feature to embed videos, allows you to surf Youtube and find the videos that best describe the question you’re asking, so we thought we would give you a few tips to do a quick and efficient search.

Try asking yourself the following questions (which also apply to when searching for images):

  • What type of media am I looking for?
  • What subject content am I looking for? 
  • Am I after something historic or contemporary?
  • Am I looking for a known image/clip or a generic category?
  • What do I need this image/clip for?
  • Am I prepared to pay?

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Tips for smart and efficient online research

When doing research, there are a few things we can do to get our research to be a bit more efficient. For instance:

  • Be familiar with the terms you are searching for;
  • Be concise;
  • Form keywords (use nouns, pronouns, what are the most important terms, the main topic of the research)
  • Use complete sentences, but no common ones, unless in quotes. Let’s say you’re searching for something specific that the author of a book said, if you put that sentence in quotes, the search will only return exact matches to that sentence;
  • Use terms that describe the topic.

In this article, you can find some very specific and smart tips on how to close in your search results. Have a look!

Thank you @sherrymacmc for the picture

How to do online research in a safe way

When doing research online, there are plenty of places to start, the most commonly known ones, being google.com, yahoo.com or bing.com.

However, doing this research in a safe way, i.e. avoiding inappropriate or shocking wording, images or video, is not the most easy thing to do. Particularly when you are trying to get your children to do the research by themselves, but want to feel confident that they’ll do it in the best and safest way possible.

Well, we decided to have a look at a few things we could advise you to do, in order to make researching safer.

First of all, Google has this amazing website, called Google Safety Centre that gives you several tips and tools, not just for yourself but also for your family.

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