So, let me be honest with you. I am not a fan of Kahoot! There, I said it. I know, I know. This is not really a popular opinion. I believe Kahoot has it’s place, just like every other technology tool out there. My problem with Kahoot is that students are more interested in how FAST they can answer the questions instead of how CORRECT they answer the questions. If student excitement is your goal, then Kahoot is great for that. But what if you’re interested in both student engagement AND adequately reviewing content?
Let me introduce you to Quizizz. The site’s concept is the same: answer the given question before time runs out. However, there are a few differences. First, questions and answers are all on the student device. The teacher does not have to display anything. Second, even though students are still competing against their classmates, the leaderboard can be turned off. That way, the students won’t be reminded with each question where they are in relation to each other. Third, if you are running the iOS app, the questions and answers can be read to the student. This ONLY works on the app; the questions cannot be read through the site.
With students, I’ve used both programs during the same class time. The excitement and engagement was present for both sites. However, the students performed better when using Quizizz. During our reflection time, students shared with me that they felt pressured to answer as quickly as possible in Kahoot, even though they might get the wrong answer. Obviously, every group of students is different and will perform differently. Which brings me back to my one of my original statements: there is a place for every technology tool. You have to decide which tool your situation calls for.