As the Great Mufasa taught a young Simba, “We are all connected in the great Circle of Life.” In my science lessons that start with Mystery Sciences food chain explorations and move on into our own local food chains, I would use the following Kahoots game to have my students show what they know about the web of life and the food chains that connect them all.
I chose Kahoots for its game based interaction. It is a great way to see where students are as a quick formative assessment before continuing on in the unit. It also has the ability to be used in Chromebook classrooms, an important point for my own teaching since it will be a new technology available to us next year. See how it’s used in the links below.
One key thing to note however is that this really should be approached as a fun game with the kids and not as a ‘test’. One thing I found as I searched for videos of teachers using this technology with Chromebooks was a decent number of videos suggesting ways in which you could hack it. There were over 29,000 results like those in this picture.
I suspect that this could be a response from students who have been getting tested using this platform and it is possibly being overused in certain schools. I’ve experienced this type of reaction in China as well when doing Jeopardy and other similar games. The games only remain fun if they are not overused. Students can smell a ‘test’ from a mile away. This suggests that I be careful that I don’t overuse it and perhaps include it as one of a variety of formative assessment tools.