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Week 9: Assessment Technologies- Blooket Review!

This week we were treated to a great presentation from Brittney, Megan, and Bret on Assessment technologies. Being someone who’s always been interested in technology, I’ve sought to include technology within my assessment for the majority of my teaching career. I’ve gone through learning cycles of using these technologies, varying in type, frequency, and complexity.

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This week we were challenged to explore an assessment technology and employ it in our classroom. I took some time to further discover what’s possible with Blooket. Full disclaimer, I’ve certainly used Blooket in the past, but I know that I’ve only scratched the surface of it’s capabilities. I originally chose this tool as I was looking for a progression from the review games I had used with my grade 8 students in the past. I love the idea of using games as a form of formative assessment, and I have used three main tools over the years. I originally started with Plickers, moved onto Kahoot, and started using Blooket towards the end of last year.

Plickers: https://www.teq.com/formative-assessments-with-plickers/

Kahoot: https://kahoot.com/home/kahoot-plus/

Blooket: https://www.techlearning.com/how-to/what-is-blooket-and-how-does-it-work-tips-and-tricks

For those unfamiliar with Blooket, the basic principle is similar to Kahoot or Quizziz Teachers create question sets, and then create a live game in which the students answer multiple choice questions. The main difference with Blooket is the fact that a side ‘mini-game’ is being played at the same time. Each correct answer gives students power-ups or benefits within the mini-game. This may be in the form of additional points (double/triple points), but also may affect other players. For example, students may answer a questions, receive a powerup, and ‘take half of the points from the first place player.’ I love this for the simple reason that it keeps my lower achieving students engaged, as they still have a better chance to appear on the leaderboard than they do in a Kahoot or Quizziz. Those that are interested/new to Blooket should check out the video below from their official YouTube page. Please note, more features and mini games have been added since this video was recorded.

This year, I was excited about trying some of the other mini-game modes that I hadn’t yet dove into, as well as the ‘Homework’ feature. During my review period, I allowed the students to vote and select three different game modes to try. We played Gold Quest (correct answers allow you to open chests with random gold inside) Fishing Frenzy (correct answers allow you to catch a fish with a random weight), and Cyrpto Hack (correct answers give you hints towards ‘hacking’ one of your classmates premade passwords.) While all three focused on them answering the review questions I created, switching up the games kept them engaged throughout the class, even though I was using the same 30 questions set in each game. There is no way I would have had the same amount of engagement, replaying a Kahoot 3 times in a row. As there are 14 different game modes on the platform currently, I’m encouraged about the possibility of keep that same level of engagement when I use the platform for future reviews in upcoming units.

After we completed the review, I gauged my student’s opinion on the program, using a simple thumbs up, middle, or down system. The program was new to all but one of the students. Around 95% of the students indicated that they liked the program more than Kahoot, with all of the students wanting to play it again in the future. Opinion was nearly evenly split when asked which of the three mini-games was there favourite. By the noise level and sounds of excitement during the games, I wasn’t surprised with their positive feedback!

Although I used this as in informal way of reviewing our information, you could certainly use the site’s well kept stats to collect grades for a means of assessment. After each game is completed, a Leaderboard/Results page is displayed. Conveniently, these stats are also stored in a History tab on the website. A word of warning however- be wary of using the leaderboard alone, as ‘power-up luck’ may be a better indicator of leaderboard placement than amount of correct answers.

Results from a 5-minute game of Fishing Frenzy.

I also investigated another feature this week, realizing I could ‘assign homework’ within Blooket. This feature allows you to create a game code that can be provided to students to use on their own time. Some of the mini-games are built to be played individually, so you can assign them as homework, using your same question sets. It also tracks how many questions each student completes and gets correct. You can also look at overall results by question, to note for any problem areas.

Results from a Tower Defense game that was assigned as ‘Homework,’ but used as an optional studying tool.

While I certainly see the potential for this technology to work as an assessment tool, I believe that it will be most effective as a review tool or formative check for understanding. While it is highly engaging, all questions must be multiple choice which supports fairly superficial learning. When used sparingly, I find that Blooket is going to be a wonderful addition to my toolkit. If you have any questions about it, or suggestions on how to use it, feel free to let me know below!

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4 thoughts on “Week 9: Assessment Technologies- Blooket Review!

  1. Thanks, Colton, for sharing your reviews and thoughts about Blooket as a good tool to use in the classroom. Blooket could be a fun option for content review. Since educational games on the site can be used both in class and outside your classroom to review content, Blooket is an excellent addition to the websites I am using to keep students on track this year.

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  2. Colton, thanks for your post on Blooket! I too started with Plickers and moved to Kahoot where I am finding students are getting bored with, which tells me I need a new program to use for a review or formative assessment as your say is the best use for these programs – I agree! I have heard about Blooket from previous classes but still have not tried it out. You give a great overview of how simple it is to use. When I am back from Paternity Leave, this will be a program I will try! Thanks!

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  3. Hey Colton,
    Thank-you for your post. I have come to really love Blooket for practice and reviewing topics, vocabulary, or reading comprehension (lower level). The engagement in the classroom is insane, and I really appreciate the various modes available for the same set of questions as well. I hadn’t looked into homework mode until i read your post, and I am considering using it during some of literacy centers/math center time. The one thing that I would appreciate would be the ability to differentiate student questions, assign those to certain students, and still have students competing whole class.

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