This post is about Kahoot! An awesome tool that works like a game. It allows you to play and teach students at the same time!
A Kahoot is a collection of questions on specific topics. Created by teachers, students, business-people and social users, they are asked in real-time, to an unlimited number of “players”, creating a social, fun and game-like learning environment.
To create a new Kahoot you need to go to https://getkahoot.com/ (also you can find the link in “www.kahoot.it”. There you will find the guidance to acomplish your own Kahoot!
1- Why is this particular tool or technology relevant to language learning? what approaches to language learning or research underpin the use of this technolgy?
This tool allow teachers to approach their students not only for its dynamic structure but also because of the liberty that it bring to teachers to create different activities using a second language. This kind of tool may empower the use of technology for second language learning.
2- How might you use it to foster language learning? Think about your target audience.
You can use this tool for entertaining activities in order to motivate students with different learning styles. As Kahoot! brings you audio-visual material and a dynamic way to solve the activities and the games that you can create, it may encourage shy students to participate. This tool is quite useful at any level of students, as you can play different things with children, it may be useful with highschool and university students depending on the context.
3- What limitations can you see with the use of this technology for the purpose of language learning?
As the tool is well developed and it is easy to use, one limitation may be the lack of resources to use it on some public schools (thinking on a Chilean context). Kahoot! needs one computer or technological device to run it for every student, besides a screen that everyone needs to watch in order to play/work all together.