Updated: Jun 27, 2022
Hey, as you know, I'm a massive fan of formative assessments. You know those checks for understanding to ensure your students understand what's going down in class. A variety of educational technology tools can conduct formative assessments during a lesson. Blooket is one of these tools. Let me tell you more!
What is it?
Blooket is a game, well, actually many mini-games that require participants to answer questions, strategize, and work together. It reminds me of a trivia night with friends and a competition / timed tool like Kahoot. Like other formative assessment games, a teacher can host a live session with students or allow students to work at their own pace. Some games are only available for student-paced mode.
Where can I find it?
Why use it?
Like with other formative assessment tools, Blooket is engaging and motivating for students to answer and respond to questions. Students can not only get answers correct but also work as a team and strategize! It encourages students to cheer each other on as they go through their game quests together.
Features and how to
First, create a free account and add your questions to a set. You can even upload questions from Quizlet! If you don't want to create from scratch, you can always check out their library or quizzes by selecting discover. Next, the hardest part is choosing a game mode to play with your student. There are eight fun game modes! My top three are:
Tower of defense - build towers and protect them!
Gold quest - answer questions and strategies. You can also steal other players' gold!
Café - serve customers and get restaurant upgrades.
As students play, they can upgrade their blooks (characters) around different themes. One of my favorite blooks is under aquatic and in the spooky collections. The next step is to allow students to choose between hosting a game or playing solo. You can share or project your screen for all to see as a teacher. Students can join via a link and code. Then they can play the games!
Some teacher features
edit a quiz
copy a quiz
merge two quizzes
select if instructions will show before the quiz
allow students to join a blooket late
allow random names or student account names
view report of how the students completed the quiz, including - the number of players, how many questions were correct or incorrect, and the leaderboard. To get more detailed analytics, you will need to upgrade your blooket account for $2.99/ month.
As a college professor, I have used Blooket with my students to review for tests and midterms. It was a refreshing change of pace to engage them in a new way. Here are some other ways to use it:
Prior knowledge review or anticipatory set
Reviewing content for a quiz or test
Engaging students in new learning topics - quick checks for understanding during lessons.
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