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Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform that is used as educational technology in schools and other educational institutions. Its learning games—kahoots—are user-generated, multiple-choice quizzes that can be accessed via a web browser or the Kahoot! app.

Kahoot! can be used for any subject and with any device. Some uses of Kahoot! include:

  • Introducing new topics
  • Engaging students via distance learning
  • Teaching interactive lessons
  • Collecting student opinions
  • Fostering creativity and teamwork

Access Kahoot!

Use your WSU email address and password to log in. 

Don’t have an account? Contact MedTech. We’ll schedule a meeting to provide training and create your account.

Create Kahoots

  1. Click Create in the upper-right corner of the home page and choose New kahoot.
  2. Start typing your first quiz question where prompted. Change your question type in the right-side panel. Question types include:
  • Multiple-choice: Students choose the correct answer from two or more choices
  • True or False: Let students decide if a statement is true or false
  • Type answer: Ask students to type a short correct answer
  • Puzzle: Deepen learning by asking to place answers in the correct order
  • Poll: Collect student opinions
  • Slide: Give more context to a topic
  • Word cloud: Collect short free-form responses
  • Open-ended: Ask students to type a long answer—a great way to collect in-depth feedback
  1. Add answer choices and mark the correct answer(s) by selecting the check box  beside each.
  2. Adjust the Timer and Points depending on the complexity of the question.
  3. Optionally, add an image to the question or answer choices by uploading it from your computer or choosing one from the Kahoot! image library. You can also embed a YouTube link or add Audio to the question.

Play Kahoots

  1. Open a kahoot you’d like to host for your students and click Start.
  2. Adjust game options—for example, you can randomize the order of questions or answers. Choose whether students play individually (Classic mode) or in Team mode.
    Note: By default, questions are displayed on a shared screen, while students tap answer tiles on their individual devices. If you’d like students to see questions and answer alternatives on their devices (for example, if you have a large classroom or students are joining remotely), toggle on Show questions & answers.
  3. A unique Game PIN will be displayed at the top of the screen. Students enter this PIN to join the live kahoot in the Kahoot! app ( Mac iOS and Android) or at kahoot.it in their browser.
  4. Click Start once you can see all the players’ nicknames in the “lobby.” During play, use the Spacebar or your Mouse to go to the next question.
  5. After the kahoot, find and assess results in the Reports section.

Find Reports

After you’ve hosted a game live or assigned a student-paced challenge, go to the Reports section in the Top navigation bar and find the report you need.

The Summary section presents various actionable insights in a simple, visual way, such as:

  • Key stats: How many students played, how many questions there were, and more.
  • Which questions were the most difficult and might need reteaching.
  • Which players need help based on their game results.

In the Questions view, see data on how well students did on each question. Click on each Question to view analytics, such as:

  • The correct overall percentage of the question.
  • How long it took (in seconds) for students to answer.
  • How many students answered the question.

Look at the Players tab to check which students (via their nickname) are answering correctly, incorrectly, and how long it took them to respond.

Use Kahoot! with Powerpoint

  1. Open PowerPoint and click the Insert tab followed by Get Add-ins.
  2. Click on the Admin Managed tab and select Kahoot! for PowerPoint and Add.
  3. Log in to your Kahoot! account when prompted on the slide.
  4. Find the kahoot you want to use from your account library on the Kahoot! website.
  5. Beside your kahoot, click the three-dots menu , and then click Share. Copy the link on the Share screen and paste it where prompted on the PowerPoint slide.
  6. Deliver your PowerPoint presentation and host the kahoot without leaving the Slide Show View.

Best Practices

Create a “Get to know you” game to be played at your first session. This is a great icebreaker and can take less than ten minutes.

Create a three–five question game that will take less than ten minutes at the start of your session.

Create and teach in lieu of PowerPoint slides.

Create and assign questions that you want students to review. Provide a rationale slide after each question if you think it will be helpful for students, or offer to answer questions via email in your directions.

Reports display:

  • a summary
  • players
  • time for each question
  • percentage of correct answers
  • struggling students
  • total time played

Choose this option to automatically give you three teams. You can add or remove teams, change the names, and move student’s names. To reduce time before you start playing, divide the students verbally and let them know what team to join. Ask them to choose the name. This will give everyone a chance to join. Then, change the names or leave them numbered (example: Team 1).


  • Turn off the music for a reduced-stress environment—the music speeding up can cause anxiety and guessing.

  • Students need a separate device to answer the questions. The questions and answers will not be on the same screen.

  • After the game, note the breakdown of the time it took to complete, and what questions students struggled with.

  • Import quiz questions from a spreadsheet.

  • Allow students to use auto-generated nicknames so they feel safe to get incorrect answers.

  • Add animated GIFs instead of an image to create more engagement.

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