General Science and Teaching

Increasing Student Engagement in Science Lessons

Hello Fellow Science Educators. If you are like me, then you're always looking for ways to make learning fun and engaging for you and your students.  If you have not tried Kahoot.it then you should. Kahoot is a free game-based learning platform for teachers.  Students play, learn, compete, have fun and celebrate together!  I recently used a Kahoot that I created to review for an exam with my students and it was awesome! Sign up for an account on Kahoot.com. Students go to kahoot.it for the learning game and enter the Game PIN. Students can respond using their phones, tablets or iPads, and computers. Try a Kahoot with your class today and share ways that you get your students engaged and excited about learning about science.   Visit https://kahoot.com/how-to-play-kahoot/ for inspiring ways to Kahoot!

Raquel Ratchford
Raquel Ratchford
80 Activity Points

I agree that Kahoot is fun and engaging. There are so many great apps out there like Nearpod, Quizziz, and Smithsonian. I think the apps can work as a way for students to self-assess after conducting experiments or as a way for students to create questions to challenge other students' learning.

Pamela Dupre
Pam Dupre
85619 Activity Points

Kahoot is awesome! I have seen it used in other classrooms before as a pre-service teacher and I can't wait to try it in my own classroom soon!!

Erin Scroggin
Erin Scroggin
3185 Activity Points

Hello Raquel, I am a first semester student teacher in Houston Texas. I have to say that I love using Kahoots. I remember using them in many of my college courses which made it fun and exciting. Recently, my cooperating teacher and I had a training where we learned about another program that is similar to Kahoots which I think you might like as well. It is called Quizziz. The difference that I found interesting was that when using Quizziz, the teacher could assign the students "homework." This would allow the students, if they can, practice for tests at home on their own time. We tried it out just today in the classroom as a quick test and the students absolutely enjoyed it. At the end of each class, all the students had asked if we could use this more often for future tests. Eddy Martinez

Eddy Martinez
Eddy Martinez
1110 Activity Points

Raquel, I couldn't agree more! I'm a student teacher and I am always looking for engaging activities to do with my students. I am in a fifth grade class and I don't know about ya'll but in the spring we are getting ready for all those state exams and those can be so boring for students. Kahoot is an awesome alternative to studying for key terms and implementing strategies they need to know for these tests. I want to add a great tidbit of info for those who haven't tried this. They have pre-made "exams or quizzes" for almost anything you could imagine. For example, I am in a reading and writing class right now and we had a substitute on Friday. We got done with our lessons and such super early, but I still wanted to give my students the opportunity to study for their benchmark this week. This was perfect because I went on to their website and searched for 5th grade reading and writing S.T.A.R. and there were many to choose from. If you are in a crunch for time but want to give your students some extra tlc this is perfect! Try it out!!

Samantha Evans
Samantha Evans
270 Activity Points

Raquel talking about kahoots, I agree with you they are engaging for children. Recently, I was observing a 5th grade science class and let me tell you they were actively learning as they answered questions about the the ecosystem. Its fun for them because they get to play in teams, and that means theres competition between them. Kahoots can be used as a summative assessment right after the teacher is finished teaching a lesson about any subject. I learned that games like Kahoot are helpful for teachers to help them see which students understand and which students to not understand.

Lory Hernandez
Lory Hernandez
753 Activity Points

Raquel, Thank you for sharing about Kahoot. I am currently student teaching in a 4th grade Math and Science. Due to standardize testing Science more often than not gets shoved in the corner. In the rare occasion that we do have a few minutes for Science the students are either working on pages from their textbooks or using an I-pad for research on a topic. With the students already using technology to research, I think it is great for them to have an alternate game based learning platform. This will be very engaging as students love to play games. Once Thank you for the information.

Isabel Asker
Isabel Asker
330 Activity Points

Hi Raquel! Thank you for sharing to us about Kahoot. I am currently student teaching in an elementary school and actually have never heard of Kahoot or seen it in class before. I’m in a reading/math class, so having knowing about this app will give me ideas for my future classroom. And I could share it to other teachers because now in classes we have so many technology devices and students are easily engaged to technology.

Carolina Olvera
Carolina Olvera
355 Activity Points

I've done Nearpod and the students absolutely loved it. Kahoot is also great. However, our students aren't allowed to use their cellphones in elementary schools. We used laptops instead.

CHARLES HAYES
CHARLES HAYES
785 Activity Points

I have used Kahoot! as well, and my students absolutely love it! Not only are they engaged in the lesson, but they always ask when we are doing it again! We have an iPad cart at our school, which makes using this program possible. I am currently working on making my own activities in Kahoot!

Jennifer Wimberly
Jennifer Wimberly
255 Activity Points

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