Skype and Kahoot are two of my favourite tools that help to break down traditional ways in teaching and make learning fun. I have tried in classroom over the years that I have been teaching. My student use Skype and Kahoot are so much more engaged than they would be in any other format. However, I never thought that I can combine these tools in a lesson until I read the resource Skype in the Classroom and Kahoot on Microsoft Innovative Community . Fast forward a week, I decided to conduct lesson which combined Skype and Kahoot together. I started to access the MEC website and sent a request to Skype Master Teacher – Ms Mio Horio from Japan. Luckily, she agreed and we started to do schedule for our connection. I also required my students to learn about Japan by myself before the connection on the next day.
Finally, the waiting day also came. My kids were really excited to say hello to Mio. I also had the same feeling from Mio.
Every thing was really to be excited when Mio gave my class game pin. This was not first time my kids to play with Skype but they were still engaged. They love the questions about Japan, such as: capital, letters of writing, map,… Then, Mio introduced about her school and give some quizzes. After finishing all questions, Mio said goodbye but my kids didnt want to stop. Athough, she promised there will a connection so early.
After the connection, I thought there was really magic of Skype and Kahoot together that they can’t get in other lessons with other formats. With this combination, my students are eager to learn about things.
How to have an amazing connection that is combined Skype and Kahoot? I totally agree with Ms Stacy’s tips:
1) Coordinate in advance with the class or expert with whom you plan to Skype Kahoot. Exchange Skype ID’s, and select Kahoot topic.
2) Determine in advance who will share their screen and launch the Kahoot game.
3) Select and display the Kahoot game prior to initiating the skype call.
4) Before connecting via skype, both classes should log on to the student devices they will use during the game, wifi, and get.kahoot. This will be the most efficient and respectful use of time for all call participants.
5) Spend a few minutes to review and remind skype etiquette with your class prior to connecting.
6) Assign a student to welcome the other class/expert at the beginning of the call, and another to close the call at the end of the session.
7) Remind all students in both classes to use their teachers last name as part of their screen name. This will make it easy to see how each class is progressing on the Top Scorers screen between questions.
8) When a significant amount of student miss a question, take turns having a student in each class come to the webcam to explain the correct answer. It is best practice and encouraging for the opposite class to applaud for the student who explained the answer.
9) Kahoot games are engaging and active; it is important for all participants to mute their side of the call as students submit their answers.
10) If time allows, allow students in each class to interview each other or share something special about their school/state/country.
11) At the conclusion of the call, each class should thank the other, congratulate one another on their hard work, and exchange goodbyes.
12) After the call, the teacher may debrief with the class with questions such as “What did you notice?”, “What did you learn?”, and “What could we do different next time?”.