AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Committee members continue this month with ideas in how to use Best Website winners in libraries and classrooms. This month we will be featuring the student response system site Kahoot. If you have ever used Socrative (http://www.socrative.com/) then you are familiar with the student response system idea in the classroom or library. Kahoot and Socrative are both completely device agnostic. This means that whether students are using laptops in class, desktops in a lab, or hand-held devices, they can interact with the queries created by their instructors/librarians from any type of internet/wi fi based technology. If you can get on the internet, you can interact with Kahoot.
As the librarian, you can build questions with text, images, video and more. Public educational content can also be loaded into Kahoot for questions and quizzes. With this tool instructors can build quizzes, discussions, polls, and surveys which the site calls Kahoots. Students can play and answer questions competing against each other. Instructors can lead discussions while stopping periodically to ask questions using Kahoot, for online instruction this tool can be used for a more immersive atmosphere when students are at a distance. The possibilities for this tool are wide open and students really enjoy using it.
The Kahoot site (https://getkahoot.com/) comes complete with tutorials, recommendations for use, as well as idea for the classroom. This is a great tool for conferences as well, while presenting content, engage your audience with questions through Kahoot, offer a poll or ask open ended discussion topics. It’s a great tool to get classes and audiences involved.
Kahoot is a free, online student response program that keeps growing and offering more to those in education. It was an AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning winner in 2014. There are wonderful possibilities for classroom use with this site. We on the Best Websites committee are excited by this site and we hope that you will be too.
Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Committee 2014
Author: Heather Moorefield-Lang
Heather Moorefield-Lang is an associate professor at The University of South Carolina in the School of Library and Information Science. To see more of Heather’s work visit her website at www.techfifteen.com, email her at email@example.com, or follow her on Twitter @actinginthelib.
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