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
88869 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
1430 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
280 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
1183 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
410 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
415 Activity Points

Hello Raquel, I agree with you on this! Kahoot is a fun resource to use in the classroom, it sure does grab the student's attention. I have used Kahoot before and it was a fun expereince! Technology is a very important aspect in today's classroom setting, using Kahoot allows the students to interact with technology. Personally, I would use Kahoot in my future classroom. Thank you for the advice. 

Marissa Luna
Marissa Luna
210 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

Hi Raquel, I agree that Kahoot is a great resource for engaging students. Not only is it enjoyable but it also helps students review materials prior to exams. A great characteristic about kahoot is that students don't have to worry about feeling ashamed of getting any answers wrong because their names are not shown. And once the time is up, the teacher is given the chance to pause the game and discuss with the class why a certain answer was wrong or right. Lastly, Kahoot also is a neat way for teachers to assess whether or not their students are prepared enough for exams since the results are shown instantly.  

Theresa Garza
Theresa Garza
180 Activity Points

I think using a Kahoot is very engaging for students. I have seen it be fun for a variety of age groups, and it is definitely something I would use in the classroom. Its a fun way to review with students, and go over concepts that might have been difficult for some students. It is also a motivation to attentive because in order to be competitive they have to know the material to answer fast. It's also a fun way for students to have the chance to pull out their electronics during school. I can see myself using it throughout the year. 

 

 

Guadalupe Carreon
Guadalupe Carreon
330 Activity Points

Thank you for your suggestion.  I will try Kahoot with my class.  I hope that it helps with concepts that are difficult for the students to learn. 

 

Thank you, 

Cynthia

Cynthia Ruiz
Cynthia Ruiz
495 Activity Points

Hi Raquel, 

Thank you for the reminder about Kahoot! I haven't used it with my students before, but I have played it as a student! You're right, it's a great way for students to study and learn while giving them an opportunity to play! For anyone else who hasn't tried to incorporate Kahoot into their lessons yet, I would recommend it! Moreover, you can find tests that other users have made or make your own! The great part about customizing your own test is that you can phrase the questions and answers to fit the needs and goals of your students exactly. Lastly, I think Kahoot can easily be used as a pre- and post-assessment to see what students know coming into a lesson and the progress they've made, respectively. 

Andy Tran
Andy Tran
440 Activity Points

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