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Give a (ka)hoot!

September 25th, 2014 · No Comments · Classroom, Content- Cross Discipline, iPad/ iPod, survey


Often I share technology tools that are not equally well received for a variety of reasons.  It could be content, grade level, or devices. But Kahoot!  has been loved by all- teachers and students alike!  I have played it with K/1 students up to the high school. The immediate feedback, the running leaderboard- I’ve been told it is better than Jeopardy.


What do you need to KaHoot! ?

  1. Teachers sign up here (at then either make your own quiz (they also have polls and discussions) or duplicate (and you can still edit) the many quizzes shared by others.  I have used the latter most often and then edit
  2. To play, you need a projector (the questions and answers only appear on your screen) and the students need a device (as long as it is connected to the internet- phone, iPad, chromebook, lap/desktop).
  3. Launch the game and have your students access at

I  just saw on Facebook that you can play the game without points by adjusting the points (to the left of the question timer. This way you can play without students’ concern with being first to answer.


Leave me a comment how your students are using KaHoot!



Packaging those treats

September 24th, 2014 · No Comments · Content - Math

Dandy Candies is an open ended math problem.  After watching a brief video, students need to determine the most effective way to package the candy. ( This is part of a larger site 101 Questions).

For the complete post from TeachersFirst, please click here.


October is Fire Safety Month

September 23rd, 2014 · No Comments · Classroom

Some things just don’t change- I bet we all remember fire safety lessons from elementary school.  But how about a webpage with The Fire Safety Dogs? They have a live stream each Friday and you can apply to skype with them.  These talented dalmatians (and their caregivers) have all their videos on youtube ( I’ve posted one above). For the complete post from TeachersFirst, please click here.


Not PBS, but PBIS

September 23rd, 2014 · No Comments · Classroom


No, this post is not about public television- but it is about Positive Behavior Intervention Supports.  It will help you identify a student issue, suggest interventions and providing tracking documents. For the complete post from TeachersFirst, please click here.