Kahoot has been around awhile and is a go-to for many teachers when they want to review material in a fun way. Today I want to offer up an alternative that fixes many of the issues that teachers have with Kahoot.
If you're not familiar with Kahoot, it is an interactive trivia style game where the question is displayed in a central location and student can answer the multiple choice question from their device. While it is a big hit in with most in kids in many classrooms, there are some problems including students struggling to see the question on the projector, students guessing through questions because they are disengaged, or students guessing because answering quickly earns you more points and they want to answer fast.
Quizizz is still a game based system that allows students to gain points for answering multiple choice questions but:
-You can change the settings to let students earn more points based on how quickly they answer or not. (I love this feature!!!) It encourages students to take their time on the question rather than rush through it! Even when you do add the time feature it allows students to answer the question for points with no time left. If the end goal is to have students think through the problem and use their knowledge to answer it, this definitely encourages the process more than Kahoot.
- Quizizz lets you play the games in real time OR assign them as homework. I have been using Quizizz as homework assignments for my Algebra class and I love how engaged they are with the material. I can set the homework assignment to be offered once or to have multiple attempts.
Like Kahoot, Quizizz allows you to create your own assignments or quizzes to share publicly. Because of this, they have a huge bank of premade Quizizz games to choose from! If you are planning on using Quizizz as a review or homework assignment, you may be able to just search the site and reuse one that is already created!
Quizizz also has an app making it much easier for students who have a device but may not have access to a computer. I definitely suggest trying it out in your class!