I said YES.
Knowing my opinion about smartphones in the classrooms, I will present one idea of using mobile phones/smartphones/anything that has internet connection effectively during the lessons.
How about playing online quizzes with our students?
For those who are not familiar with Kahoot.com, it is an online platform with quizzes created by its users. Everyone can sign in just using an e-mail address. An account is free of charge.
Click on search engine available on the platform and type some key words. You can do it in any language you know -> there are users from all over the world. You may be lucky to immediately find what you are looking for.
However, if you are a teacher who likes to personalise activities for your pupils explore the quiz creator tool.
I will quickly guide you through options available there. Enjoy and look for your favourite one!
Start with choosing Jumble.
On the first screen you need to think about the title of your work and some hashtags with short description what this is about. Next, choose if this should be seen by everyone or just you. Think about your audience and language that you will be using during the quiz. To personalise it more, upload an image as a cover to your jumble. You can also choose youtube video or free available photos from the kahoot. To move to the next step, click ‘Ok, go’ on the top of the page.
Remember to write answers in correct order! They will be mixed during the game. You can also add picture hint to the question. What’s more, take into consideration the amount of time needed to solve this task. If you teach younger students 60s for the beginning is enough. Click ‘Next’ to move on.
When you add as many questions as you wish (in my opinion, 5-10 is absolutely enough in YL classes), click ‘Save’ and you will see the last screen.
(Discussion is very similar, so I explain both of them here.)
This is recommended for big classes with a lot of devices joined in the game.
(Again, I will explain later that even if you don’t have a phone you still can play.)
The most common version is traditional quiz. Welcome screen is already known to all.
Preview it vs. play it
As I mentioned, there are two options after creating any version of a quiz.
is a perfect choice when pupils are not allowed to take phones with them to school or they do not have internet connection. This mode has a small smartphone displayed on the screen and only one person (usually teacher) is responsible for choosing the answer.
My idea is to set time to all questions at 60sec. I give pupils time, for example 20-30 sec to read and think about the correct answer(s). When the right amount of time has passed, they shout colours or raise their hands. I ask 4-8 students to give me their answer.
It is fair when I change students who respond to the questions. It works perfectly in big classes!
mode is devoted for classes where almost every child has a device. There is no big smartphone on the screen. They use the screen (projector) only to read the question and they click the right colour on their phones. Once a few months, I ask my 3rd graders to bring their devices (smartphones/tablets) and we play a big quiz such as this.
- If still there are some students left without a device, pair them up with those who have. I always ask them to name themselves using their both names, i.e. Jaś&Ania
- You can think about Team Mode – pairs or groups work together and have time to discuss the questions before the real time starts.
- Ask your pupils to use their real names as their logins. You can avoid stupid nicknames or other unwanted issues with naming themselves.
- To connect your device to the game, you don’t need to have an account. Type kahoot.it and enter the game pin which will be displayed in the projector/computer.
Check this out
I will share some of mine kahoots that I created for my 2nd and 3rd graders.
Find me here and check out my own personalised activities for my kids.
You will need:
- Computer preferably connected to projector
- Internet connection
- Electronic devices with connection (not necessarily)
My school has laptops that I could use when some students did not bring their devices.
Share your experience with this platform. I’m really curious how you exploit it during your lessons 😊
Some of my kids wanted to create their own quizzes and share them with their peers! Let them use this tool and spend time helping them. Peer teaching is awesome! 👩🏫 👨🏫