What Are the Most Popular Lessons on Kahoot?

By Roxy FavrettoLast Updated September 10, 2020
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Kahoot! is a game-based learning app that’s been growing in popularity in classrooms around the country, helping students and teachers create their own interactive quizzes that they can then play as a group for a bit of friendly competition. Educators — and students who are studying at home — can also select options from a premade quiz bank to further test their knowledge. The main premise of Kahoot! is to keep education fun and play-based so that students enjoy learning and have different opportunities to engage with the material they're learning. 

While Kahoot! isn't just for students — you can easily use it to create entertaining trivia games for parties, work events and other gatherings — this app is primarily aimed at bolstering classroom curricula in the earlier grades. But does it use lesson materials aside from quizzes to do so? Find out more about Kahoot!'s range of learning modules.

Get Started by Connecting to Kahoot!

To use Kahoot!, you can sign up for free on the website or download the app and create an account by following the onscreen prompts. After you do, the app guides you through the steps to create your first Kahoot! quiz. The program creates the diagrams, graphics and question formats for you in a template. You just need to create the questions and decide how many you want in your Kahoot! to finish up.

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Although students sometimes use Kahoot! on their own for educational purposes, it's also fun to enjoy the quizzes as part of a group — that's where the classroom element comes in. For multiplayer fun, you’ll create a PIN and give it to each participant who wants to test their knowledge. Students can participate in these group quizzes by signing into their Kahoot! accounts in the classroom on computers. After the quiz is over, participants can share their results. Kahoot! is free, but if you sign up for premium services, you do get more access to advanced features through the app and on the website.

Check Out Some Ideas and Inspiration for Your Kahoot! Quizzes

The Kahoot! Guide to Creating & Playing Learning Games has a few starter topics and "question and answer" banks to get you going. Among the topics the company suggests for creating your first educational Kahoot! are "Who, What, Wear: British Fashion in the 1930s and 1940s"; "Martin Luther King"; "Science: Periodic Table Mania"; "English: Figuring Out Figurative Language"; and "Music: Learning to Read Notes on the Treble Clef."

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Kahoot! developers suggest using the app in different ways in the classroom. For instance, you can offer a quiz before you teach the material to see how much the students know (this is referred to as a "blind Kahoot!") or use it as a review after you’ve worked through a lesson plan to see how the students retained the material. There are many different PDFs and guides on the Kahoot! website instructing educators (and parents) how to use Kahoot! and keep it fun.

There are other ways you can use Kahoot!, though many of them require upgrading to the premium packages. One popular upgrade option is to use Kahoot! through screen sharing or live streaming. For instance, if you're an educator in a situation in which distance learning or online learning is a requirement, you can use Kahoot! in these formats to keep kids engaged. Students can also use Kahoot! in "ghost mode" to beat their own previous high scores.

What Are the Most Popular Kahoot! Topics?

Because Kahoot! is game-based and populated primarily by quizzes that users have made, there aren’t lessons to be taught or lesson plans to follow. Kahoot! always operates as a quiz with a question-and-answer format. It's meant to test knowledge more than guide it.

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However, Kahoot! creators can decide to make their quizzes public on the app and on the website, which makes them searchable. That means you aren't limited to using only the quizzes that you've made yourself. Other users can look to these searchable quizzes for ideas, or they can play them for fun.

In 2016, Kahoot! did look at data to see what the most popular searches were by search term. The most popular term was "math," followed by "multiplication," "fractions," "science," "English" and "geography." When educators and students went looking for Kahoot! quizzes, these were the popular topics many users were interested in.

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