Using Kahoot! as a tool to measure knowledge retention:

Remember this blog? Remember when a teacher said this:

“I’ve been teaching here for a long time, and it’s incredible the difference we notice thanks to PE-NUT and FoodCorps together. Before, the kids didn’t even know what a fruit or a vegetable was. They would have gotten every single one of those questions wrong. And now they can identify all their food groups; they know about the food system and things like vermicomposting. It’s amazing, really!”

Well, we kept utilizing Kahoot because of how much the teachers liked it. And somewhere down the line we realized something: Kahoot saves data. All of the students’ replies, all of the questions: they were all catalogued within Kahoot’s beautiful infrastructure. Essentially, we had stumbled upon this great tool with which we could easily measure students’ progress. More importantly: they didn’t realize they were being tested and they had fun playing Kahoot.

This is what the collected data will look like:

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What you see above is an overview of the quizzes’ results. Included? Name of student, number of correct and incorrect answers per student, overall score, answers for each question (color coded, of course), and overall performance (percentage of total correct/incorrect and average score).

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The spreadsheet then proceeds to break down each question in different tabs. Above, for example, are the results for the question: “Which of the following foods belongs to the grain food group?” Included: name of student, answer given, time given to answer, and then the overall performance (average answer speed and percentage correct). So, 86.36% of this 1st/2nd grade class knew that bread belongs to the grain food group.

Now, this data is saved for each and every Kahoot! quiz that is taken (even the trial ones I did to test the quiz!).

The cool thing about this resource is that you can proceed to compare the progress of the students over time.

For example: one of our questions was “What type of vegetable is this?” and then a picture of a radish was displayed, as well as four potential answers: beet, lettuce, bell pepper, radish. The first time we took the quiz, 37.50% of this 2nd grade class could distinguish between a radish and a beet. The second time, 52.00% of the students knew the difference between the two. We purposefully added this trickier question so we could see if the students 1) had been retaining knowledge during our many tastings of radishes and experiments with beets and 2) learned more about each during the course of our teachings. The results may not be the cheeriest in the bunch, but they do show promise.

Or consider the grain group question: when they took Kahoot A, 56.00% of the 2nd graders knew that bread was a grain. When we asked the same question during Kahoot B, 72.00% of the 2nd graders knew bread was a grain.

And because each questions’ results are shared with the entire class immediately after they answer a question, the educator is given the opportunity to pause the game and discuss material that the students struggled with.

Continuing the integration of nutritionally- and agriculturally- enhanced lessons into curricula is vital to ensure the health of our youth. A skillfully utilized Kahoot! gives teachers the ability to easily mesh information, technology, and evaluation into their unit plans. I would even go so far as to say that it is one of the most beneficial educational tools I’ve used all school year.