Articles tagged "Kahoot"

Weekly post #34 - Smart chips, checklists and adding audio to Kahoot! questions

This will we the last 'Weekly post' before the summer break. Posts will start again in late August or early September focused upon the updates made during the summer months.

Google Docs - Smart chips for files and meetings

Google is currently working on a whole set of enhancements to Google Workspace that will make the collaboration and project management even easier.

Smart chips are already available when you mention a person in a document, displaying additional information such as the person’s location, job title, and contact information.

Google have expanded this functionality to include the ability to insert smart chips for files and events.

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Enter "@."
  3. Select from the list of suggestions or enter letters, numbers, or symbols to narrow your suggestions.
  4. Hover over the smart chip to view related information.

Read more here → Google Workspace Updates - Insert smart chips for files and meetings, create checklists in Google Docs [18 May 2021]

Google Docs - create checklists

It is now possible to add checklists to Google Documents.

  1. Click a Google Doc page where you want to add a list.
  2. In the toolbar, choose a list type → Checklist.

Read more here → - Add a numbered list, bulleted list, or checklist

Add audio to Kahoot! questions

You can now add audio to questions. Just type a short text in one of the supported languages and it’ll be read aloud to players before they answer the question!

Based on Microsoft Azure’s Text to Speech service that converts text to lifelike speech, this media type supports text in the following 37 languages:

Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

Read more here → New: add audio to Kahoot! questions to power up listening comprehension and language learning [14 June 2021]

Replace your background with a video in Google Meet

In addition to replacing your Google Meet background with a static image, you can now replace your background with a video. At the moment, you can select from three Google made videos: a classroom, a party, and a forest — more options will be available soon.

Just because you can - doesn't mean you should!

Weekly post #22 - Badging Google Workspace skills, accessing the Financial Times, Kahoot explainer and some Jamboard

Four things to check out →

Badging digital skills with G Suite Skills from Canopy

I have been using G Suite Skills from Canopy with a group of students during Enrichment period and I am impressed. Using Google Classroom you assign the students badges to earn, such as 'Getting started with Google Drive' or 'Next steps with Google Slides'. The students are presented with tutorials to work through. The student get 'graded' for correct completion and for their efficiency.

G Suite Skills from Canopy

Students build up their badges to earn extra badges that represent a level of competence with the whole of Google Workspace. We now have a core of Year 9 students with the Gold Google Workspace badge.

So far the number of students that have experience this at Campus des Nations is limited. If you can see a way we could integrate this into some of your lessons or the work of your department, please let me know.

Free online access to the Financial Times for you and your students

The Financial Times offers free online access to Diploma students and their teachers.

As a school we are registered. Go to Secondary Schools Subscription Page - type Campus des Nations into the 'Check if your school is already registered' box, choose Campus des Nations from the 'Select your school' list and then enter your school email address. You are then emailed a link to activate the subscription. At this point you can 'log in using Google' and use your school (or account.

There are all sorts of useful links and ideas on the Free FT for schools page here.

How to create a kahoot: Step-by-step guide and extra tips for teachers


A really useful step-by-step guide to Kahoot for those who are less aware of the global quizzing phenomenon.

We have a couple of 'seats' still available as part of the school's subscription.

Using Google Jamboard in your lessons


5 ways that Google Jamboard can save your Social Studies bacon is a great read which is full of ideas. The ideas could easily be integrated beyond the 'social studies' classroom.

All educators and students at Campus des Nations have access to Jamboard - just check the 'waffle'.

Weekly post #14 - Read&Write, Google Chat, Kahoot and Google Sheets

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Read&Write for Google Chrome

All staff and students at Campus des Nations has access to Read&Write for Google Chrome. For the extension to appear and be available - you need to be logged into Chrome using your school account and have sync turned on.

Check out the video below for some of the features. Personally I find the highlighting tool useful and have used it with MYP and DP students of all abilities.

Schedule Google Calendar events from Google Chat

This hasn't appeared on my account yet - but it should be with us any day soon.

You will be able to schedule meetings in Calendar directly from Chat conversations. You’ll see a new icon in the conversation’s compose bar.

Clicking on the icon will start a draft calendar event with the attendees from the chat. You can then customize the invite (including attendees) before sending it to guests.

Read more here → Schedule Google Calendar events from Google Chat

Getting started with Google Sheets

A useful video from Danny Nicholson about Google Sheets. Those with a good memory may remember that Danny came to Nations and worked with us during a PED day before we started our BYOL journey.

Google Meet and Kahoot!

Some useful advice on using Kahoot quizzes within Google Meet here → Google Hangouts Meet and Kahoot! help teachers and employees connect and instruct online.

Making the most of our digital tools (with half an eye on a return to remote learning)

Google Meet - ‘Set up’
Bookmark your Meet linkBookmark the URL of your Meet (the one that is shared via the Google Meet links for PTC & home-based teaching/learning_August 2020 document).

Ensuring that your Bookmark Bar is visible can make life a little easier.
Create, view & edit bookmarks
Blurring or changing your backgroundYou can do this before you join a Meet using the icon in the bottom right hand corner of the preview window.

You can also change it from within a Meet. Go to the three dots in the bottom right hand corner of the screen →

Change background.
It will work better if there is a large contrast between you and your background.
Change your background in Google Meet
To see what your webcam is sharing as part of the Tiled layoutMove your cursor to the small preview of your webcam output in the top right hand corner of the screen → click on the button that looks like four squares with one shaded in to add your webcam to the tiled display.

You can only do this once somebody has joined the Meet.
Google Meet Crib SheetClick here for a useful crib sheet about how to split your screen etc.

The crib sheet was created using LucidPress. All staff and students have access to LucidPress accounts.

Google Meet - ‘Control’
LayoutClick on the three dots in the bottom right hand corner of the screen → Change layout → Tiled → Set the maximum tiles to display as high as you want.

This needs to be redone for every meeting and seems to default to 16.
How to view people in Google Meet
Host ControlsQuick access - when off -,all participants from inside and outside of your domain must ask to join the meeting.

Share their screen - when off - only you, the meeting organizer, can share your screen.

Send chat messages - this setting allows participants to read but not send chat messages.

Solution for PTCs to stop colleagues (who are parents) entering a discussion with another parent - turn off ‘Quick access’ → “All virtual classrooms should be conducted on Meets via links shared with senior leaders so that virtual classrooms are as freely accessible as physical classrooms.” 5.5.6 - Safeguarding and child protection policy.
Manage participants in a video meeting
AttendancePotentially still currently in the ‘roll-out’ phase.

The meeting host will receive a Google Sheets spreadsheet of attendance (name, email, join time, exit time) as long as there are 5 or more participants.
Track attendance in Google Meet
Accept 'knocks' in bulkPotentially still currently  in the ‘roll-out’ phase.

You can now accept all pending ‘knocks’ in bulk.
Add or remove people from a Google Meet video call
RecordingIf for any reason a Meet is recorded to support teaching, this can only be done by the teacher and the consent of all those involved should be sought prior to the recording beginning. The recording will be stored in the ‘Drive’ of the member of staff.” 5.5.6 - Safeguarding and child protection policy.Record a video meeting

Google Meet - ‘Engagement’
Breakout roomsClick Activities → Breakout rooms.

In the Breakout rooms panel, choose the number of breakout rooms (max 100).

Call participants will then be randomly and equally distributed across the rooms.
You can manually move people around.
Use breakout rooms in Google Meet
PollsClick Activities → Polls → Start a poll.

Enter a question and add options for the poll.

Then either Launch the poll or Save it for later.

After a meeting, the moderator is emailed a report for any polls conducted in the meeting. The report includes the names and answers of the meeting participants.
Conduct polls in Google Meet
Q&AClick Activities → Q&A → Turn on Q&A.

In the lower-right corner, click Ask a question.

The moderator can delete, hide or mark a question as answered.

All meeting participants can upvote a question.
Ask participants questions in Google Meet
So... what would you use the chat function for?I use it regularly to share links to documents, resources, video clips etc.Send chat messages to video call participants
JamboardIn the video call at the bottom right, click More options (the three dots) → Whiteboard.

Either ‘Start a new whiteboard’ or ‘Choose from Drive’ (for one you have prepared.

If you're a G Suite for Education user, participants are given view-only access by default. You'll need to grant them edit access to the Jamboard.
Use a whiteboard in Google Meet
Best practice for presenting/sharing a video during a MeetCan the students be shared a link, asked to leave the Meet and watch the video, before returning for discussion etc?

Present now → A Tab.

The Campus des Nations Digital Toolbox

PadletGreat online collaborative space for brainstorming, responding to questions, reorganising items.

All staff have access to a Padlet Pro account. → Log in → Log in with Google → use your account.

Students do not need Padlet accounts to use your Padlets.
ScreencastifyScreen recorder for Chrome.

All accounts have access to ‘full subscriptions’.

Record your screen as you explain a concept (or similar) while recording your voice. A useful tool when ‘flipping the classroom’.
KahootThe school has 36 Premium+ accounts - of which 28 are in use - 8 subscriptions have still not been activated - so please contact me if you would like to take advantage of these.

Interesting developments away from just being an online quiz platform - new ‘study tools’ on the smartphone apps have a part to play in ‘active recall’ revision approaches.
SoundtrapAll students in Y7 to Y11 have soundtrap accounts which gives them an online platform with which they can record and layer ‘tracks’ - which can be audio or music.

Already being successfully used in the Arts, Enrichment and by Individuals and Societies.

Weekly post #13 - accepting 'knocks', Office editing mode, the Kahoot app and linking to a text fragment

Four things to check out

Accept 'knocks' in bulk

Accept 'knocks' in bulk

You can now accept all pending 'knocks' in bulk into your Google Meet. Admitting students all at once helps limit interruptions during the video call.

Read more here → Accept knocks in bulk in Google Meet

Editing Office files from your Drive

Google have changing the default editing mode for Microsoft Office files in Google Drive on the web. Now, when you double-click on an Office file, it will open directly in Office editing mode.

Read more about 'Office editing mode' here.

New study modes in the Kahoot app

Study modes in the Kahoot app for iOS and Android a brings a new, self-paced study experience to learners with four different ways to review content, get more practice with difficult topics and prepare for tests. These modes can be used with both previously played kahoots as well as new kahoots.

Read more here → Study with Kahoot!: New modes in the Kahoot! app empower learners to self-study

Linking to a text fragment

This rather useful Chrome extension allows for easily creating a special link to the currently selected text on a page via the context (right-click) menu. When opening such a special link, the browser will scroll the selected text into view and highlight it.

Install the Chrome extension from here → Link to Text Fragment

Weekly post #10 - Jamboard in Meet, Kahoot question types and Google Workspace

Four things to check out

Digital whiteboarding integration in Google Meet

With the new Google Jamboard and Google Meet integration, you can now create or open an existing jam while on a Meet video call. This digital whiteboarding integration means you can use the Jamboard virtually to host collaborative brainstorming sessions with your coworkers or students in real-time, even when you can’t be in the same room.

Host collaborative brainstorms with new digital whiteboarding integration in Google Meet

The video above is by Richard Byrne who is well worth following for edtech updates and insights.

20+ tips and ideas for using Jamboard in the classroom

Check out this blog post from 'Ditch that textbook' → How to use Jamboard in the classroom: 20+ tips and ideas.

All International School of Geneva - Campus des Nations faculty and students have Jamboard enabled.

Kahoot's different question types

'Traditional' most people think that Kahoot is all about multiple choice questions. There are actually 4 different question types → quiz (multiple choice), true or false, type answer and puzzle. The type answer and puzzle question types are 'premium' and available by being part of the school's subscription.

Read more here → Kahoot Help and Support Center Question types

G Suite becomes Google Workspace

Read more here → Introducing Google Workspace

Weekly post #9 - Kahoot, 'Date + Big + Small' and citations in Google Docs

Four things to check out

Our Kahoot 'team'

The Campus des Nations team subscription is now all set up with Kahoot. We have access to the Premium+ features for the coming 365 days.

One of the reasons for the subscription is the collaborative focus it gives us as a 'team'.

The team element allows for easy sharing across the school and within departments. Have a quick look at the folders that have already been set up and consider adding your Kahoots to them for others to use.

Date + Big + Small

Giving files sensible names is a skill that we need to keep revisiting with our students (and ourselves).

I have been using the Date + Big + Small as an approach with the students I am currently working with. Date could be the day, the month or just the year. Big could be the subject or the unit. Small would be the title of the piece of work. So → Oct 20 - Unit 1 - Megacity Growth.

Google Terms Glossary

"Here’s a glossary of the tools we are using, and some extra resources, with explanations of how your child might be using them, along with a few video tutorials and additional resources linked at the end."


Manage citations in Google Docs

Google has added a native citations manager to Google Documents. Using this feature, users can easily insert in-text citations and create a bibliography in the MLA, APA, or Chicago (author-date) styles. Sources types supported include books, book sections, websites, journal articles and newspaper articles.

Read more here → Add citations and a bibliography