Based on popular teacher requests, we’ve made it possible to display questions and answers on students’ devices in live kahoots. The kahoot participants won’t need to see the host’s screen anymore to engage in the game experience. This can be particularly useful when:
- Hosting remotely (on Zoom, MS Teams, or other conference/streaming tools), and the players only have one device;
- Your classroom or auditorium is too large so students in the back of the room can’t see the shared screen well enough;
- Hosting on a small screen;
- Making the live experience more accessible for students with visual impairments;
- Hosting where even a large screen may appear small to some from a distance.
How to enable questions and answers on players' screens?
You will be able to turn it on through the game options prior to starting a live game. This option is available for free for all Kahoot! users 🎉
To activate this game option:
- Open a kahoot you’d like to host.
- Click Play and choose teach or present - this will launch a Live game.
- In the Game options screen, scroll down to General and toggle the following option on: “Show questions and answers on players’ devices”.
- Click Classic mode if you have a 1:1 class, or Team mode if you’d like students to play in teams on one device.
- You are all set now! 🎉 Students will now see questions and answers on their device screens, in addition to the screen you’re sharing as a host.
↙️ This is how this game mode works in practice ↘️
Will the scoreboard in between questions and the podium shown on their devices?
No, the host’s screen will be the only one displaying these.
How does this impact bandwidth requirements for hosting a game?
You can see our typical bandwidth recommendations here. That guidance does not account for this new feature. When enabled, you need to consider if your players are joining remotely are in-person. If they are joining via the same local network you’re using, then bandwidth per player increases dramatically in order to queue up images and videos on all devices at the same time. We don’t have an analysis on how much it increases yet, though we’ll update bandwidth requirements once we do. If joining remotely, then your own bandwidth requirement should remain about the same. Instead, each player’s network will bear the brunt of any extra load. Again, we don’t yet have an analysis of what that load is but will update bandwidth requirements once we do
Why are some players taking longer to display questions?
Single screen game mode requires player devices to load a lot more information than when this is disabled. Due to differences in device processing speeds, questions are more likely to not load simultaneously across all devices.
Why are some players’ devices not playing videos?
Videos are hosted at https://youtube.com. If players are on a network that blocks access to YouTube or if their device has security software that blocks YouTube, then videos will not load. An admin for the player’s network and/or devices may be able to unblock YouTube.