So by now you’ve probably heard all about kahoot.it. Well, let’s be honest… you’ve probably heard about ‘Kahoot’.
‘Kahoot it’ is commonly being used in place of kahoot.it. All those forums and articles you’ve seen talking about kahoot it? Yeah, it’s kahoot.it…
We here at DigiNo have even seen some people talking about Kahootit!
They’ve also got the domain name of kahoot.com as you might expect, but kahoot.it is the preferred address. You can do a Google search of kahoot it, or kahoot.it, or even Kahootit and always find your way back to the right place – but why not cut out the middleman and just get straight to kahoot.it?
So whether you’re looking to Kahoot or kahoot.it, this is the article to read before jumping in feet first.
Now we’ve got that little bit of housekeeping cleared up, I think we’re ready to talk about what Kahoot is, and just why it is being used in online classes. The best articles always begin with a rigorous defining of terms, right? Right…?
What is Kahoot.it?
Put simply, kahoot.it (we’re going to stick with kahoot.it, but if it makes you happier to substitute it for kahoot it or Kahootit then be our guest…) is a creation tool for designing your own games.
What makes kahoot.it stand out from the crowd is its focus on generating education games.
There’s a vast array of education games available online totally free of charge, as we’ve discussed extensively on our blog https://digino.org/tag/esl-games/. But kahoot.it is a free-to-use powerful creation tool giving you the ability to create your own games.
If you feel like there’s an area of education left untapped (maybe you need a fun game to show kids the difference between a verb and a noun, and no one has beaten you to it) then you can fill that hole in the market with a creation of your own.
Maybe kahoot.it should make a game showing people how to remember their name…?
What is a kahoot.it game pin?
Hold your horses there. Before we get to the game pin we’re going to need to sign up for the service.
Simply head over to the kahoot.com sign up page and enter your details. It won’t take long and will provide you with unrestricted access to their services.
Once you’ve got your username and password sorted at the kahoot.it sign up page, then head over to the kahoot log in page and click the kahoot sign in. I know that sounds like a mouthful but trust me, it takes seconds.
Now we’re ready to talk about the game pin. That didn’t take too long, did it?
The kahoot.it game pin is a single-use generated code that you use to log in to a live game. Basically, it’s a password you use to access a game you like the look of.
If somebody beat you to the finish line and cracked out that ‘verb vs noun’ game before you got a chance, then you can use a game pin to log in to their game – well, you or your students.
Because that’s why we’re all really here, right? We want to know how we can use this in classes to better help our students.
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How to use kahoot.it as a teacher?
Using kahoot.it as a teacher is a no-brainer. You know that feeling you get when you ‘discover’ something? When you see an actor in a movie or watch a band for the first time, and you think to yourself ‘yeah, they’re going to be big one day’? That feeling of having found them before they blow up?
Kahoot.it stands a real chance of being ‘the next big thing’ and I’ll be very surprised if this is the last time you see us talking about it here at DigiNo.
In incorporating kahoot.it in your classes you’ll be ahead of the curve, providing your students with access to something that’s on the brink of becoming mainstream within the next few years.
Your students will already be familiar with the systems and software through you having included it in your teaching regime – this is going to set them up wonderfully for their next step in life, and that’s what teaching is all about, right?
Kahoot.it provides you with the ability to create your own games, as we said; so this means you’ll be able to generate games for mixed ability classes, or even target specific skill sets you want to develop. There really aren’t that many other services providing this function, and certainly not with the ease of access assured by Kahoot.it.
So stop dragging your feet – go make a kahoot.
I think we might have just made that up, but we can make that phrase a ‘thing’, right? Sure we can.
How does the kahoot.it challenge work?
The kahoot.it challenge is the name given to the systems by which you can be entered onto the kahoot.it leaderboard.
Design your games with an element of competition and you’ll have a quick way to rank your players by ability.
It’s one of those features proving very popular with casual users, but a word for warning for you teachers out there: children do not like being told they’re losers… they won’t respond well to coming at the bottom of a leaderboard.
If you really want to make use of this feature, how about you just do a ‘top 3’? If you rank all of the children in your lessons then you’re going to get tears after class…
Why use kahoot.it to create?
One of the most frequently asked questions we get regarding kahoot.it is ‘why should I use it over a competitor?’
To which we respond: what competitor?
Can you honestly tell us another service providing this level of functionality and powerful generation technology? Because we can’t think of any.
Sure, there are other services out there providing you the ability to play games. But how many let you make them? How many let you make them like this?
This isn’t coke vs pepsi – it’s more like coke vs battery acid leaking from an abandoned truck left out in the rain. It’s not a competition.
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