What is a Blind Kahoot?
It is a Kahoot game created like any other Kahoot game, except in this case the students don’t have previous (or very limited) knowledge of the topic. The Kahoot is used to introduce a new concept or topic and keeps students engaged by answering questions throughout the lesson. Each student is engaged in the process by answering every question and seeing immediate feedback.
The questions build on each other throughout the lesson. The Blind Kahoot template follows a pattern that helps reinforce what students are learning.
- Blind Question – something they haven’t learned yet.
- Post a prompt to Explain and Discuss the answer to the Blind Question. This is a great place to add an image that helps explain the blind question.
- Reinforcement question – use a series of these to reinforce the concept. They can break it down into separate components, or they can build from easy to difficult. This should not be just 1 single question. I’d suggest 2-3 reinforcement questions.
- Repeat the Blind Question – this will help you compare results from the first question
- Ask a new Blind Question – thus restarting the process of 1-4.
- Periodically ask questions like: How well do you understand this? (scale of 1-4)
Question Times & Types
Typically answer times are longer than a Kahoot game, but it isn’t necessary to give extra time. Sometimes a question that asks for a reaction, rather than solving a problem, can be just as effective in engaging a student’s thought process.
One of the most difficult things about playing Blind Kahoot, is that students are in game mode. They have played Kahoot and other similar games in many of their classes. They know that the first one with the answer gets the points. This creates a real problem in making Blind Kahoot an effective teaching tool.
If you make the questions worth 0 points, students may tune out the game – and therefore the content because they can’t ‘win’. If you leave the points on the questions, students don’t spend time thinking about the problem or new concept in front of them and we miss a great teaching opportunity.
My suggestion is to make the questions worth 0 points, but to reward students with extra credit, an award, a certificate etc… for students who get the most right throughout the process. Also, it would be a good idea to explain not only that you are going to use Kahoot in a different way, but also explain WHY. “We are using Kahoot today, to help us learn something new. Points won’t be important but your answers can earn you extra credit.”
The tips below are from Stephanie Castle . She is an Apple Distinguished Educator and Biology teacher. You can follow her on Twitter at @castlestephanie
Level the playing field
According to Steph Castle, “Blind” Kahoot!’ing works best if you know it is truly blind – not already covered as part of a spiral curriculum. That, of course, means taking the time to understand what your students have learned in other classes. From Steph’s perspective, the first question really catches them off guard, and flips the students straight into questioning mode.
Sneak in some rules
Now is the perfect moment to explain what the correct answer was, and why – for example, a rule that she applied to deduce the correct answer. The second and third questions are opportunities for the students to apply that very same rule, which helps consolidate that knowledge and really make it stick.
When she’s happy that everyone gets it, she might pose a similar question, but with a tiny twist, and an opportunity to introduce a new rule.
Spark critical thinking
She also advocates making the most of being able to embed images and video, and using those to prompt critical thinking. Get them to look BEHIND the pictures and the charts. What is the chart showing? More importantly, what is it not showing?
They designed this kahoot especially for teachers to quickly and easily adapt for their own subjects. Preview the kahoot to learn the basic structure and some tips that will make even your very first Blind kahoot stand out. Then, duplicate the kahoot and edit to adapt it for your topic and learners.
Explain Everything – If you are running this game from an iPad, you can leave the Explain Everything app open while the game runs. By simply double tapping the home button, you can switch to Explain Everything and demonstrate what was asked in any of the Blind or Reinforcement questions. You can record these explanations and make them available to students as a video or a PDF. This allows your students to use the game notes as a reference tool when they begin working with this new concept.
YouTube or Khan Academy – Have videos cued up that might help explain the process, or even show a clip of the video and use that as a prompt for your Kahoot question.