With exams and tests and end of the year craziness happening I thought I'd share my students VERY FAVORITE way to review. I can cram a lot of information and cover a lot of review material into a game where they get excited about participating and completing the problems. I may be the very last person to discover this, so humor me if you already know about it.
The game is called Kahoot and I liken it to those trivia games you play at some restaurants where you use your phone as a buzzer. Start off by going to www.getkahoot.com . You'll have to create an account , but it's free and takes about 20 seconds to do.
Once you have an account, click "Create a Quiz" and then start adding in questions. You can write them in the blank and then upload a picture to go along with it. Put your answer choices in the boxes at the bottom and continue adding questions until you've covered all your material.
Once you're done adding questions you can review what you've made and then hit save and/or play.
This is where it gets super fun. The kids all get out their phones or a laptop (either their own or one off our laptop cart)and I pull up my quiz on the SmartBoard and hit play. They follow the directions on the screen and go to kahoot.it and then enter our unique game pin (it's generated when you hit play) to join in the game
As students join, they get to pick their username and then they show up on the screen as a player. Sometimes I make them use their actual name, but most days I let them pick their own. I always crack up at seeing the names they pick :)
Yes.... when we played yeterday one of my students picked "Asian Guy" as his username... and I died laughing because he's actually Asian. ;)
Once your class has joined, you hit start and the questions will pop up on the screen with a timer and your answer choices. I forgot to take a picture, but the kids screens (laptop and phone are the same), just have the four colored sections for them to tap. Once they select their answer they're "locked in" and the question stays on the board until either everyone has answered or time runs out.
If you have less than three answer choices, that's fine.
I really like that after each question it pops up and displays how many (not who!) students selected each answer. This allows me the opportunity to pull up a Notebook slide and review information before we move on and/or make note of what I need to re-teach or review either at the end of class or the next day. My 7th graders have been working on permutations versus combinations and it ALWAYS trips them up. I knew that this particular question was going to catch a lot of them and after they answered it and I got the results we paused, went over the concept again, and then moved on.
ENGAGED in learning!
I like to mix in fun and random questions about them or about me. Adding pictures in always makes them giggle as well.
The game keeps track of the scores (based on the correct answer and how quickly you got it) and displays the scoreboard after every question. On their phones/laptops they can see exactly where they fall in the class even if they're not part of the top 5 leader board that's displayed.
My second period is a fan of emojis ;) And the Searching.... username may have been my favorite.
My students ALWAYS ask to do this type of review and every single student gets involved. Today's review was basic, but I've used this with solving quadratics, and other higher level problem solving as well (I just increase the time allowed per question). If I'm doing longer problems, I try to mix them in with fun/funny and easier problems so the "pace" of the game stays pretty quick.
If you're not a teacher, but have access to a projector screen, this would be a fun game for a party or an easy ice breaker for a meeting.
So teacher friends, do you have a fun review method that your students love? I have a couple more that I'll share next Tuesday as well, but I'd love for you to leave your best practices in the comments if you have one (or five!) to share!