Why aren't questions/answers shown on student screens?

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    Aaryan_Raj

    Your idea to show the questions only on the host screen is great, but it leads to cheating among the students and that's really bad. However, your app is great! And I love it a lot.

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    Cparker2314

    An optional feature for viewing questions and answers on our students' screens would be ideal as an accommodation for our students with visual impairments ... unfortunately, since this is not an option, I will have to use an alternative strategy to review content. We hope to see this feature added in the future.

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    gtrotter

    Agreed all around. Kids love the colors, music, countdown, etc.  But not having the option to have the answers on the screen is a deterrent to using Kahoot.  I get the full room engagement piece rather than having kids all staring at individual screens, but having the choices on the screen would make this already fun tool much more accessible to other students and situations.  I just observed kids today doing a kahoot that had trouble making the transition back and forth between the screen at front, their own screen and back to make an evaluation about various answers.  I second the suggestion about a code or a way to turn it on for certain kids. 

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    SaraEH6

    Hi! I appreciate the sentiment behind the way this was designed, but in practice it's highly exclusionary. Schools without the financial means to have a projector or shared screen and students with visual impairments or other learning disabilities are just two of the groups unable to use kahoot because this design. If it was at least an option for the classroom teacher to display questions and answers on individual devices these problems could be eliminated while still maintaining the integrity of the shared screen experience for those able to use it. 

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    MsAdkins2017

    I am going to try using Quizzizz instead. I do not know if it will read the questions or answers aloud, but we have other apps that can do that on the Chromebooks for visually impaired students so they might work together. 

    Pros to Quizzizz:

    -Students / Players can see the questions and answers on their own screens

    -Free as well

     

    Cons to Quizzizz:

    -Some of the pictures (like a quiz on clocks are small) but with a touchscreen device you can at least zoom in on the pics

    -NOT as many preloaded quizzes available - but if I'm going to take the time to make my own quiz, it will be with Quizzizz where my kiddos can at least see the question and answer choices on their own screen! 

     

    I still really like Kahoot - but if they do not follow what the comments are suggesting and have an optional feature to view questions & answers, then I will exclusively use Quizzizz or another app. I wish Kahoot would listen to their customer's suggestions! 

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    Perez_the_Perry

    Please add this function. I have a very small screen in my class and nobody can read the question. It's a choice I really need to have

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    .doodoobutter.

    Please Add This Feature It Very Good For People Like Me 

    (I'm a Youtuber)

    And I Can't Live Stream So Everyone In The Lobby Of My Kahoot Is Ready But they cant see the answers or questions Or when you make a kahoot account it asks something about what are we using kahoot for and if you put "Other" Then That Person Should Be Able To Enable/Disable Questions  

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    Christenhj

    The questions and answers on the individual devices would be very beneficial as an option under “game options” for a variety of reasons.  I too have students who sign in virtually and they are unable to join along.  

    Thank you for considering this option. 

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    natalya.j.jarvis

    "Making learning awesome" and having "social learning" is difficult when students with disabilities and/or visual impairments are unable to participate. This should be an optional feature, preferably for individuals, because it is embarrassing and time consuming for these students to use your software. Your accessibility mission statement says "Our product should be perceivable to all users, including those using assistive technologies. This includes but is not limited to text-to-speech technology users, Braille users, and other users with sensory, cognitive, or other disabilities. All users should be able to perceive and access the content Kahoot! presents." This is absolutely NOT the case. This is hypocritical and it makes people not want to use your service.

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    mwhlr19

    As many have previously comment, the "social learning" aspect of displaying the answers only on the host's screen does not work in practice for those in a less than ideal environment.

    I teach English at elementary and junior high schools in Japan. None of the classrooms are equipped with a projector. Most have a single television. For a class of 30, the students at the back of the class have problems reading anything other than large titles. We cannot use the application effectively for this reason.

    Please consider accomodating for teachers in all manner of environments and add this as an optinal feature. Let us judge for ourselves what the most effective means of using the application in OUR classroom is. At the end of the day, any engagement is better than not being able to use the software in the first place. 

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    LibrarianJLW

    I concur.  Please make it an option to display the Questions and Answers on the participants screens.  Inability to see the questions displayed on the screen is the number one complaint in my experience of using Kahoot! in my classrooms.  Students love Kahoot! and respond well to it, but if they can't see the screen it is not such a great tool afterall.  In the age of litigation over accessibility issues, this cool tool (Kahoot!) could become a nightmare.

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    JosemaLopez

    I am a high school teacher, and can't use kahoot in my classes because I can't show the questions and answers on the students devices. 

    I've read the article and found it very interesting, and think that it's got a point. Nevertheless, in my high school we do not let students to bring the mobile phones to class, thus to make a kahoot we would have to go to the computer's classroom, BUT there is no projector or big screen in the computer classroom so I can show the answers to my students. Consequently I cannot use kahoot in my classes, what I think would be incredibly beneficial for my students. 

    In my opinion the option of showing the answers in the students screens should not be activated in a default mode, but it would appear available so that the host of the competition would be able to show the questions in the devices, and also adding a link to this page in order to explain the reason why it is not the default option. 

    Thank you for this great tool for education. 

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    gillianrl

    this is a serious impairment of the functionality of Kahoot in my classroom. Please, PLEASE provide the option for answers on screen to make kahoot more accessible and useful.

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    Jimbobleeharry

    Add the feature, there is an overwhelming need in SEN education. Thanks,

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    carlojo

    Please add the feature. Virtual sessions have a real need for it.

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    drewherox

    I think it’s pretty clear that no one likes this “feature,” or lack thereof. Adding the feature, even as an option, would add value. The argument as to why there has been a deliberate resistance to adding the feature is actually convoluted and nonsensical. I was forced to find another vendor to support for similar services and am happy they were willing to take customer reviews/opinions seriously.

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    hinesight

    Everyone wants it! 

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    KelliC75

    while I understand the concept of the experience and looking up from the computer, my students have special needs and joint attention is not something they are good at. It would be EXTREMELY helpful if they could see the word as I read the answers to them.

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    swindham_elon

    Kahoot makes a valid point why they have NOT added this feature. But how about adding the feature and letting teachers (who are pedagogical experts) decide whether to use it?

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    AFNA_Pasadena

    It seems completely foolish that this isn't an option. Why not? Give people a choice. Geesh. We won't be able to use this otherwise great software as a result of this bizarre management decision.

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    BigTimeTeacherM

    I wanted to use it with my 50 total 4th graders digitally while this corona crisis is ongoing. But I didnt even have the option to show the questions to the students sitting at Home. This is crazy. Give me the option to Play with the question and answers on the students screens!

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    LibrarianJLW

    @BigTimeTeacherM - Just an FYI --> You can use Zoom to schedule an online synchronous meeting with your students and then screen share your Kahoot! game to them in real time.  They will be able to see the questions on their screens because of your screen sharing.  The only caveat is that they will need a separate device to be able to submit their answers. Technically, they could also use a separate browser window on the same device to enter their responses but it is a bit trickier for those who are less tech savvy.

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    SoundAdrian

    I think this feature is more than necessary.

    ...should be a pre-requisite really.

    Using this for elements such as revision and when not all students can make it in then this severely limits the use of this application in general... well... for me anyways.

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    mbvschaik

    Would Corona be a good argument to develop this feature...FAST! As we all are in lockdown

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    SraCorinna

    Agreed. While our school is closed and we are teaching virtually, our students need to be able to see the answers on their screens. The "Challenge" function is a decent alterrnative, but not as fun as having it live. We need to create spaces for live community online; the lack of this feature means incorporating Kahoot into my Google Meet classes will be almost impossible. 

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    Kwiz_Master_2020

    Trying to create a quiz for kids during Corona Virus Social Distancing. The option to see the questions on the students own screen is a must. 

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    emilyhweston3

    Now that we are having to do distance learning with the virus outbreak I'd really love to do Kahoot live games with my students.  I set it up this morning not realizing they wouldn't be able to see the questions and my phone was a constant ding with text messages and calls that their kids couldn't see the question.  I'd love to have this as an option if there's any way to go around it!  Thanks!

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    SraCorinna

    If students are doing the Kahoot on a computer or chromebook, they can have two resized windows next to each other on the screen. That is the workaround we found for our students. 

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    Coolest80

    Please let have an option that the questions and answers to show in people screen.

    Thank you

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    LearnPuppet

    This is a necessary feature - I have already had to use another platform because this basic feature is missing. The reasoning makes absolute no sense when you can literally have a toggle in the settings to turn this feature on and off. It's an absolute must have for any sort of quiz experience. Have you thought of folks who are color blind? How are they meant to use this platform? 

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