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Kahoot! Play & Create Quizzes

App review by
Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Competitive quiz-making fun -- when used as intended.

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Educational Value

Kids can test their knowledge with existing quizzes or show what they know by creating their own. Team play fosters collaborative work.

Ease of Play

Navigation is extremely intuitive without the need for explicit instructions.

Violence & Scariness

Potential that some shared content could contain information related to violence. All public content is subject to moderation.

Sexy Stuff

Potential that some shared content could contain information related to sex. All public content is subject to moderation.

Language
Consumerism

Some quizzes, such as those that focus on pop culture, could influence users to purchase products or see movies. Paid subscriptions are available but are geared toward classroom use.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Potential that some shared content could contain information related to these topics. All public content is subject to moderation.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kahoot! Play & Create Quizzes is a learning and trivia app where kids can participate in multiple-choice quizzes and polls called Kahoots. It's widely used in classrooms, but kids use it outside of school as well. Kids can use templates to create their own quizzes, or they can use existing quizzes that cover a wide range of topics including trivia, digital citizenship, history, and science. The app aims to spark light-hearted competition, with photos and videos that add to the fun. If inviting others to play is not appealing, kids have the option to play solo. There are ungated ways to sign up for an account by sharing an email address or allowing access to a Google or Microsoft account, and some people have found ways to hack into quizzes, potentially exposing players to inappropriate usernames and fake quiz results. Also, parents have reported kids inputting iffy content. Be sure to discuss these issues with kids. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your kids' information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

KAHOOT! PLAY & CREATE QUIZZES prompts new users to describe how they intend to play (as a student, as a teacher, for work, or socially) followed by a prompt that asks users their age. A home page allows for easy access to existing quizzes and polls. It also has a section for creating new ones from scratch. There are three main modes of play – Challenge, Host Live, and Single Player Practice. In Challenge mode, kids choose up to 100 participants. An account is not required to play, but users need to enter a computer-generated PIN to join a challenge. In Host Live mode, play takes place in real time and can be one on one or team vs. team. And in Single Player Practice, kids can pause and resume individual quizzes and view their past results.

Is it any good?

If you want a fun and competitive way for kids to learn or to test their knowledge about an unlimited range of topics, this app does the job. It’s nice that kids can create their own quizzes and polls, empowering them to focus on their interests. Creating team challenges teaches kids to work collaboratively, and adults can have a bit of fun too. It’s also an excellent opportunity foster friendly competition, which can help with social skills later in life such as empathy and resilience. Since some parents report seeing iffy content, it’s important to keep an eye on who might be joining the quizzes with younger kids and what info kids can access -- or input.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how they can use Kahoot! Play & Create Quizzes to create quizzes about some of their favorite topics and challenge each other. Ask kids which quizzes are their favorites and why.

  • Talk about how kids use the app at school. If they use it, does it help them learn? What are the challenges of using this kind of technology instead of traditional paper and pencil quizzes? What are the benefits?

  • Find quizzes about social emotional learning that focus on life skills that you think kids might need help with. Work together on the quizzes and talk about the results.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, asking questions
    Creativity: producing new content
    Collaboration: cooperation, respecting other viewpoints, teamwork
    Tech Skills: digital creation
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (unlimited access plans start at $4.99/mo.)
  • Release date: October 4, 2019
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 81.10 MB
  • Publisher: Kahoot! AS
  • Version: 3.6.4
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.3 or later; Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: November 08, 2019

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