Kahoot for formative assessment

Posted on: March 13, 2016, by :

In the last few weeks I’ve been able to use Kahoot in my classroom, and to be honest I’ve loved having it in there.

What is Kahoot?

Kahoot 2

You can find the game play/quiz screen here.

You can find the setup to the quiz here. 

For those that don’t already know about it, Kahoot is basically an online quiz that students can take, where you as the teacher make up all the questions. As a teacher I could input the questions and the possible alternative answers fairly quickly (although i’d love a batch upload tool). The quiz is live, so it is a requirement that there be either a one to one ratio of students to devices, or alternatively make it a team/pairs question. Although I would highly recommend the one to one ratio.

Why Kahoot?

I used kahoot in my classroom originally as a bit of fun, just to see how students would react. The session was on a day of fun where students were to mainly have fun and have incidental learning. The topic was based on science, and it was just meant to be a fun filler for a half hour session for parents to come in and check out their learning environment. The engagement in the quiz was the highest engagement I’ve ever had in anything I’ve done. The children were screaming and shouting especially to see who was on top of the leader board and were so engaged that parents that entered the room where ignored because they were just so involved.  However it had another effect that it wasn’t until looking at the data provided by kahoot later that showed just how much students had improved the second time.

The students results moved from 65% first time to 95% on the second time.

Formative Assessment Tool

Kahoot use as a formative assessment tool is interesting. The way I see it working is this, students answer the questions and by answering the questions we get to gauge exactly where their learning in the particular subject is.  This will be a true reflection of their knowledge, and you also can see the answers they give you which can sometimes be very enlightening. Below is the first assessment I used that was meant to be fun.


Data analytics

Within this snippet you can see the students scores, how many they answered (some weren’t in for the whole time) and some basic statistics including the correct, incorrect and they also get a score for the time they take which brought about a great competitive spirit, and introduced Games Based Learning into a classroom that had never had it.

Possible pitfalls

The main issue I’ve found so far are the following.

  • Time it takes to input the questions and answers into the website
  • Excitement level on the first time on using it was extraordinary, which in a classroom that previously had little competition was very interesting.
  • Make sure the time it takes to read the question and answer the question isn’t too long. I set the time to be the longest and it automatically went to the next question when everyone was complete.


This is just another tool to add to the bow of the connected 21st Century teacher. A teacher who uses their formative assessment to inform their teaching. It is basically a more advanced version of using multiple choice questions, however all the marking, data gathering, statistics and results are collected for you and are presented in an easy to use and readable format.

Disclaimer: This site has no affiliation with the software, I have just used it and I enjoy using it in my classroom.