Kahoot! - Quiz generator to create knowledge tests

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Since the first lockdowns due to the corona pandemic, teachers have inevitably been more involved in creating educational content for children to use online. The free tool "Kahoot!" can be helpful, because with this you can create knowledge tests and quizzes yourself and then set them as a task for the children.

Why should this be exciting for teachers? I think mainly because children like to solve puzzles and are therefore very enthusiastic about the subject. Although there is already "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" on television and "Trivial Pursuit" as a board game, both of these, like many other quiz offers, do not convey any learning content that is based on the school curriculum. And here comes "Kahoot!" into the game, because with this quiz generator you can determine the content yourself.

Kahoot! is already used to conduct a quiz with classes. You can choose the questions yourself (Photos: Kahoot).

Kahoot! is already used to conduct a quiz with classes. You can choose the questions yourself (Photos: Kahoot).

How Kahoot works!

If you want a quiz in Kahoot! create, the first step is to register there. Don't worry, the whole thing is free and you won't be spammed when you register.

Now it's time for the actual test. Since Kahoot! If it is a multiple-choice quiz (i.e. questions with several predefined answer options), you now have to put together the quiz questions and the corresponding answers. Four answers are possible for each question, one of which should of course be the correct one.

The difficulty in the multiple-choice tests often arises from the differences in the possible answers. For example, if I ask when Columbus discovered America and I give the four answers 1592, 1492, 1491 and 1593, it is much more difficult than if I say 13 BC. 149 BC. BC, 1997 and 1492.

An additional level of difficulty can be brought into play by the response time that the children have to solve a question. Here Kahoot offers the possibility to choose a time between 5 seconds and 2 minutes. With that, a Kahoot quiz is already complete.

It is very easy for teachers to create and evaluate the tests.

It is very easy for teachers to create and evaluate the tests.

Technical specifications for using Kahoot

If you want to use Kahoot a Kahoot quiz in a classroom as a test, the requirement is that the teacher has a computer with an Internet connection, the image of which can be viewed by all students via beamer or smartboard. The children must have all tablets or smartphones in front of them, which are also connected to the Internet. The process is then as follows:

  • the teacher shows the PIN from his quiz on the beamer
  • the children visit the website kahoot.it and enter the quiz PIN
  • The question and all four possible answers are now shown on the beamer
  • each answer option has a color marking (red, yellow, green, blue) and a symbol
  • the children have exactly these colors and symbols as buttons on their tablet and can choose the corresponding answer by choosing the colour
  • after the time for the question has expired, the next question follows on the beamer with the matching color buttons on the students' tablets
  • a student receives points for each correct answer and the evaluation follows at the end of the quiz

Of course, the whole procedure can also be done via a zoom meeting (or BigBlueButton) be performed.

Students can take the quiz using a laptop, smartphone or tablet.

Students can take the quiz using a laptop, smartphone or tablet.

What is Kahoot 360 or Kahoot Pro?

In the basic version "Kahoot! Starter" Kahoot can be used free of charge. However, there are a few restrictions, such as limiting participants to a maximum of 20 people. Unfortunately, many school classes are likely to be excluded from the free version. If you want more, you have to use one of Kahoot's paid plans, which are called "Kahoot! 360 Standard", "Kahoot! 360 Presenter" and "Kahoot! 360 Pro". There's also Kahoot for teams, for enterprise companies, and for one-off events.

For teachers, however, the "Kahoot! 360 Presenter" with up to 50 participants should be the best choice. However, with the fun costing over $400 a year, booking through the school may be your best bet.

Kahoot is free to use as long as you don't need more than twenty participants in the quiz. For more participants you have to book a paid package.

Kahoot is free to use as long as you don't need more than twenty participants in the quiz. For more participants you have to book a paid package.

Conclusion on Kahoot!

Aside from the person limit, Kahoot is a nice free quiz generator for small groups. Unfortunately, the website and the user interface are mainly in English, but you can enter all questions and answers in German (or any other language). In addition to the website, there are also apps for iOS and Android, so Kahoot can also be used from any iPhone or iPad without Browser can be used.

If Kahoot! If you are interested, go to the website here: kahoot.com

The entry page for students on a quiz is: kahoot.it

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