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Keep calm and Kahoot!

First suggested by Ampthill and Woburn District
Create and host your own online quiz with this handy how-to guide.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Device with access to the internet

Before you begin

  • This is a great activity to run during an online session. Check out the advice on using Zoom and other popular digital platforms and the guidance on being safe online.
  • Let everyone know you’ll be using Kahoot! in advance and that they’ll need access to the internet to join in. If they have a mobile device, they could download the app.
  • It’s up to you whether you create your own kahoot or search for ready-made quizzes. Either way, double-check that all of the content is appropriate.

What is Kahoot!?

Kahoot! is a competitive and fun online quiz platform. You’ll need someone to host the quiz; everyone else will need their own device (such as a laptop or smartphone) with internet access.

Find out more

Prepare a kahoot: create your own

  1. Head to the Kahoot! website and create an account. The website works best if you access it using a desktop or laptop computer, rather than a mobile device.
  1. Once you’ve set up your account, log in using the button in the top right of the page. If it’s your first time using Kahoot!, you’ll be able to play a demo game when you first log in.
  2. Click the ‘Create’ button in the top right corner of the page to make your own quiz.
  3. Give your quiz a title by typing into the bar at the top of the page.
  4. Write your first question by adding text, images, and multiple choice answers. Don’t forget to assign timing and points too.
  1. Finish the question by marking the correct answer – tick the circle at the end of the answer box.
  2. Click the blue ‘Add question’ button on the left to move onto your next question.
  1. If you’re not sure what to ask, click the ‘Question bank’ button on the left side of the page to search from millions of questions in community-created kahoots.
  1. When you’re finished, click the green ‘Done’ button in the top right of the screen to complete your kahoot.

Prepare a kahoot: search for pre-made quizzes

  1. Go to the ‘Discover’ page by following the link in the purple bar at the top of the home screen.
  2. Type your key words into the search bar at the top of the page and hit enter (or click the search button).
  3. Choose a quiz from the list of options.
  4. Click on the title to see the full details of the quiz, including the list of the questions. Check that everything’s appropriate for young people.
  5. To play, click the green ‘Play’ button on the left . To choose a different quiz, hit the back button on your browser.

Get ready to play

  1. Log into your Kahoot! account and find your quizzes under ‘My kahoots’.
  2. Choose the quiz you want to use. Click the green ‘Play’ button and the quiz will open in a new tab.
  1. Choose your game settings (like randomising the order of questions and answers).
  2. When you’re ready hit the green ‘Classic’ button. You’ll see a screen displaying your six digit game PIN.

It’s quiz time!

  1. The person leading the activity should invite everyone to a Zoom meeting and remind them to bring a mobile device with the app (or be ready to open their browser) to play the game.
  2. The person leading the activity should welcome everyone to the session as normal.
  3. The person leading the activity should start your quiz by sharing their screen so that everyone can see the game PIN.
  4. Everyone should load the app or go to kahoot.it in a web browser and enter the game code.
  1. When everyone is ready, the person leading the game should hit ‘Play’.
  1. Everyone should look at the question on screen and the possible answers and choose their answer on their device. When the timer runs out (or everyone has answered) Kahoot! will automatically show the correct answer.
  1. The person leading the game should click ‘Next’ to move onto the next question.
  2. At the end of the quiz, a podium will show the top three players. The person leading the game should congratulate everyone for taking part.
  3. To finish the session, the person leading the activity could challenge everyone to create a quiz for the next meeting.

Reflection

Kahoot! was created to ‘make learning awesome’. Its founders believe that the best way to learn is through playing inclusive games which encourage curiosity. Ask everyone to think about a skill or subject that they’ve found it difficult to learn. How were they taught about it? For example, some people find it hard to learn a hands-on skill (like a craft or instrument) if someone just explains the steps to them without showing how to do it.

Would anyone like to tell people about the skill or subject they found difficult to learn? In small groups, see if you can develop a way of teaching this skill or subject that meets Kahoot!’s three values. The method of learning you decide on should:

  1. Be fun and engaging. Think about your favourite games, competitions, or adventures. What makes them interesting?
  2. Inspire curiosity. What makes you want to find out more about a skill or subject?
  3. Leave no learner out. How will you make sure that your method works for everyone? This may include subtitling videos, making sure it’s wheelchair accessible, or splitting an activity into smaller chunks with breaks between each part.

Once each small group has developed their teaching method, find some time in an upcoming session for them to teach the rest of the group. This is a great way to meet requirements of the Scouts Team Leader Challenge Award and Explorers Leadership Activity Badge.

Safety

Online safety

Supervise young people when they’re online and give them advice about staying safe.

For more support around online safety or bullying, check out the NSPCC website. If you want to know more about specific social networks and games, Childnet has information and safety tips for apps. You can also report anything that’s worried you online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command.

As always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare (including their online experiences), follow the Yellow Card reporting processes.

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.