Trying Something New: a “Blind” Kahoot

Today I got to try two new things in class that I’ve been waiting to give a whirl for a long time: Google Classroom and a “Blind” Kahoot.

I’ve been using Kahoots from getkahoot.com for 2 or 3 years now to reinforce and review concepts that my classes have covered.  Now there aren’t many things that make high school students audibly cheer, but this actually happens – out loud!- when I ask them to pull out or pick up a device and load kahoot.it. kahoot

About a year ago, Kahoot introduced a new idea called a “blind” Kahoot, where you essentially build the LEARNING into the Kahoot. Students go in “blind”, not knowing anything about the topic, and by the end, have mastered a new concept.  Check out this video description.

So for the past year I’ve been scratching at ideas for building a blind kahoot for one of my classes.  Building regular kahoots is super simple, but a blind kahoot takes a plan and creativity and conceptualization.  This semester, as I am re-imagining a grade 10 Social Studies course for at-risk learners, I finally found a place to try my hand at my first blind kahoot.  The objective at the end was to have students be able to differentiate between the following social studies basic concepts: economic, political, environmental, and social. Click here to check out my first blind kahoot.

So today we actually played the game.  My initial plan was to have students summarize their learning in their interactive notebooks after the Kahoot, but about 3 questions in, I realized that a blind kahoot would easily let us fill in this summary idea chart about each term during the game!  Even the most reluctant note takers quickly filled out their charts so that they would be ready to go before I launched the next question!  By the end of the activity the class had a decent understanding of some new terms, key words and examples for each term, and had had fun playing a “game”.  This type of activity and engagement is super important for these at risk learners, many who claim to “hate Social Studies”.

Blind kahooting….tough creation process for a teacher’s brain, but worth it in the learning dividends for students!  Have YOU tried Kahoot? Blind kahoot?

 

A Great New Web 2.0 photo tool

Useful for home and school!

The next topic in EDTS 325 will be Web 2.0.

Really, every lesson so far that Dave and I have taught has been interspersed with Web 2.0 applications. The world of Web 2.0 tools changes constantly, and the tools themselves are constantly updating and changing.  As soon as I get comfortable using one in class, it updates and changes, always based on user feedback of course.

As I was updating this lesson from the last time Dave taught it, I found it easy to get swept away in the new tools and ideas out there.  Although most “Top Web 2.0 tools in Education” lists contain tools that I already use regularly for school or personal use, there are always new ones appearing.  Cool Tools for School is a wiki page that has a great library of Web 2.0 tools and we’ll use that as a jumping off spot for researching Web 2.0 tools.

A new tool that I came across on Shannon Miller’s Web 2.0 Symbaloo Page is Pinwords.com. This is a simple new site in beta form, but it has a beautiful, simple premise.  It is a simple and easy web tool for adding text to pictures either from urls or your files.  Pinterest users will love this.  My practice photo took less than a minute to create…and that included finding a photo from the web! I imagine this will work great with one of my favourite Web 2.0 photo sites, Tag Galaxy.

Hmm…. I wonder how this operates on an ipad…..