So many tools, so little time

I had every intention of using Kahoot for this week’s assignment. I had prepared a fifteen-question assessment as a review for a unit I am wrapping up in Science 9. Unfortunately, an unexpected last-minute schedule change because of a Teenaid presentation kept me from seeing my students today.

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I have used Kahoot on multiple occasions. I enjoy using this program as a fun way to review a unit or as an activity before a school break. My students are always very excited to compete against their friends, and they love the game-like feel that this assessment tool provides.

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As a teacher, I am very hesitant to use Kahoot as anything but a fun game to wrap up a learning sequence. Even as a formative assessment, I think the program lacks in reliability. When I used this tool in the past, my students always seemed more interested in achieving a higher score than their friends, than in taking the time to figure out the correct answer. In his blog post, Adam describes having experienced the same frustration as a participant in a Kahoot challenge.

Today, my intention was to use the tool as a more “serious” formative assessment. I would have liked to remove the option of seeing the winners on the screen, but I couldn’t figure out how. I also wanted to explain to my students that they should answer to the best of their ability because the assessment was prepared in such a way to provide me with feedback about their level of comfort with the unit we were completing. I was also going to use the results of the assessment to help me decide if there were areas I needed to revisit before the summative evaluation. Due to the unexpected mix-up in my classes today, my activity is postponed to Thursday.

Why did I choose this tool?

I really wanted to see if I could bring my students to a place where they perceived Kahoot as a true formative assessment tool. I wanted to experience the full potential of Kahoot. In his blog this week, Haiming describes some of the advantages of using Kahoot in the classroom. I wanted to put those advantages to the test. I also appreciate that Kahoot is very easy to set up.

(However, the limit on the number of characters to use in the question is probably the most annoying feature.)

I would not use Kahoot as a summative assessment tool. The fact that I’m very limited in the types of questions I can use is enough of a turnoff. Unless a student has the opportunity to justify his answer, multiple choice questions aren’t sufficient to gauge student learning.

 

I appreciated having multiple readings this week that provided me with a list of assessment tools that are at my disposal. I decided to spend some time searching for one that gives the option to change the website to French. After scrolling through dozens of online tools, I finally found one!

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As soon as I entered the Classflow website, it asked me if I wanted to use the French version because it noticed that my browser was in French. YES please!

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Has anyone used this tool before? It looks like a cool tool to use with a Smartboard. My goal for the rest of this week is to get acquainted with this new-to-me tool.

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