So you have been using Kahoot! to evaluate students for a while now, but have you ever considered to implement Kahoot! when presenting a new lesson or concept? It is time to meet a new technique, called Blind Kahoot

While many people create and play Kahoot! for review, formative assessment or to re-energise the class, others are using Kahoot! differently in a new approach called Blind Kahoot. Blind kahoot is designed to give every learner a chance to feel success and motivation throughout the game, and with long lasting effects. In a single game, you’ll be sparking curiosity about the new topic, laying the foundations for understanding increasingly complex concepts, and giving learners the opportunity to immediately and successfully apply their knowledge.

Pedagogical theory

Blind Kahoot’s pedagogical background is closely connected with the theory of Transformative Learning, by Jack Mezirow. This theory focuses on experiences and critical thinking. In Transformative Learning Theory the learners should initially be given a disorienting dilemma.

A disorienting dilemma is a situation where a learner finds that what they thought or believed in the past may not be accurate.

This helps to point out to the learners what they don’t know, thus making them curious about the forthcoming content. This is pretty much what a “blind question” used in Blind Kahoot is. A dilemma

How to apply a Blind Kahoot into a lesson

Below are a few steps that you can have in mind while creating your own Blind Kahoot:

  • Introduce the game to let learners know what to expect, and that it’s about learning, not about getting all of the answers right the first time.
  • Use a “blind question”. A “blind question” can be a question about something completely new to them or something already known, but not holistically to spark curiosity, so learners are more receptive to the explanation.
  • Explain the answer and help students identify and question their assumptions. Allow them to debate and discuss.
  • Reinforce using a series of questions focused solely on what they have just learned
  • Another Blind question prompts learners to actively listen to the explanation – this is a great opportunity to teach exceptions to the rule or to build on what they have just learned or even discussed.
  • Reinforce with another series of questions solely about the most recent Blind question
  • Now use Compound Reinforcement to help learners consolidate everything they have learned in the whole kahoot