Monday, February 2, 2015

Team Competitions with Kahoot!

All seventh and eighth grade ELA students visited the library during the month of January.  We had a lot of important information to discuss, but there was time for some friendly competition as well.

During a summer iPad training session provided by CA BOCES, I learned about a tech tool called Kahoot.  Kahoot makes it easy to create interactive quizzes.  From my iPad, I projected the Kahoot questions onto the screen.  Students broke into groups and each group was given an iPad.  The students could then choose the correct answers on their iPad.  Kahoot awards points based not only on correct answers, but how quickly you answer.  This definitely helped to create a competitive atmosphere in all of the classes!
Seventh grade teams participating in Kahoot! challenges.

The questions were projected on the screen. Teams used their iPads to select the answers.
The seventh grade ELA students were just beginning to work on a nonfiction unit.  They came to the library for a refresher on how to use the OPAC, call numbers, and where to find the nonfiction books in the library.  The Kahoot questions tested their knowledge of nonfiction.  Here are some examples of the seventh grade questions:

When the eighth grade classes visited the library later in January, their purpose for visiting was a little bit different.  The classes were reading Flowers for Algernon and were preparing to write an essay about a medical ethics topic.  

First, the eighth grade students were reintroduced to Pioneer's online databases.  They then learned about Opposing Viewpoints in Context, a database new to the middle school this year.  This is a great resource that was made for this type of project.  Students can not only access differing viewpoints about many controversial topics, but they can also see newspaper articles, magazine articles, or websites related to the topic they are searching for.  After the database refresher, we discussed using Note Sheets to keep track of sources used.  We also discussed ways to avoid plagiarism, how to evaluate websites, and better ways to use Google and Wikipedia.  That was a lot of ground to cover in a short time!  Students were looking forward to the Kahoot after all of that information.  Here are examples of the eighth grade questions:

The winning teams in each class were offered prizes.  The prizes included some of the "limited edition" scratch and sniff bookmarks, puff ball animals, and stickers.  We will definitely be bringing Kahoot back for some more lessons in the library.  The competition added a new layer of excitement to library topics.

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