Why I Love to Blind Kahoot (No Blindfold Required)!

Kahoot is an awesome tool to use in the classroom.  It adds a fun game aspect when you want to review or check for understanding.

Have you ever thought about delivering new content using Kahoot?  Enter the Blind Kahoot.  Blind refers to the fact that the content is new to the students and they’ll be learning the new content through the Kahoot you build.

I originally saw an explanation of Blind Kahoot-ing when this video showed up as a suggested video on Youtube.  I then found some more resources on Kahoot’s website that walk you through the “how to do it”  and they have a Blind Kahoot template that you can use to build your own.

Here are three reasons why I love it so much:

1. Students love it!

screen-shot-2017-01-12-at-10-36-53-amI took this screenshot after one of our Blind Kahoots.  When the students completed the ratings, I asked them to think about whether they preferred this type of content delivery compared to other types of content delivery (specifically lecturing and other teacher-centered techniques) and as you can see they love Blind Kahoots.

2. It gives you 100% engagement!

You can’t advance through the Kahoot until everyone answers. Now, if time runs out and students don’t answer then, yes, it will advance.  However, I have never had any students who didn’t answer and time ran out because of that.  They all know how Kahoot works and it also keeps them from feeling uncomfortable if they had to answer the question in front of the whole class or hold up a whiteboard with the wrong answer.  This brings me to my third reason.

3. Real-time formative assessment data for every student!

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Once you finish (or end) the Kahoot, you can download all of the information from the Kahoot.  You can see how many questions each student got right or wrong, how long it took them to answer each question, and it is all color coated (the spreadsheet above is from one of my actual classes). This data is at your fingertips in a matter of seconds after the Kahoot is complete.  You can see whether students were really “getting it” and you can plan for the next lesson.  You can even differentiate if you notice a few students could use some extra support, while the others are ready to apply their learning.


Disclaimer:  If you plan to Blind Kahoot, be sure to have a conversation with students about the purpose of the Kahoot.  Some of them have a hard time focusing on the learning and still think of it as a competition to get the most points, which can alienate some students or make them uncomfortable.  If you communicate this before the Blind Kahoot, you’ll be fine! 🙂

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