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Best Free Kahoot! Alternatives for Any Situation

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Simon Deignan2021-11-09
A giant in the world of educational technology (EdTech), and the source of countless interactive quizzes and lessons, Kahoot! has certainly taken the internet by storm these past few years, especially with so many classes moving online since the early months of 2020. This is not to say that it is not without its flaws. But what alternatives are there to Kahoot!?

Perhaps you know Kahoot from the (in)famous music, because you’ve been using it to quiz students' knowledge, or because you have seen your own kids taking part in Kahoot! quizzes. No matter how you know it, it’s a great bit of software with millions of users around the globe. 

But it is not for every occasion and there are plenty of different, and often better, alternatives. 

Let’s have a look at some of the best alternatives and where they fit in the mix. 

  1. Mentimeter
  2. Quizziz
  3. Brightful
  4. Quizlet
  5. Acadly
  6. Beekast

The Do It All Option - Mentimeter 

By using Mentimeter, you can just as easily create fun classroom quizzes (just like Kahoot!) as you can pre-meeting surveys or icebreakers to kickstart a conference. Perfect for both the classroom and the meeting room, Mentimeter caters to a wide variety of situations and is not limited to just being an EdTech tool. Alongside quizzes, users can also create Word Clouds, live polls, as well as surveys, and are not limited to just one interactive feature. 

Bringing together the fun elements of Kahoot!, as well as the detail orientated and informative aspects that a traditional presentation builder like PowerPoint or Keynote has to offer, Mentimeter is able to provide users a more rounded and versatile product. While Kahoot! Certainly brings fun to trivia and quizzes, it lacks certain elements to make it a full presentation builder. 

The Gamification Choice - Quizziz 

Anyone that has used or is familiar with Kahoot! will quickly recognize the layout and design of Quizziz. Taking inspiration from the Norwegian tech giant, Quizziz brings a new level of gamification to each of its quizzes. This can be a great way to add some extra excitement and competition to a class or lecture and help drive student engagement by turning it into a sort of mini competition. 

Answering correctly is just one way students can soar up leaderboards as the system also promotes quick responses. The scoring system can also help you identify if students have particular difficulty understanding a particular topic or subject area. A vast store of teacher created templates will also help you get started and provide some inspiration for your next science, english, or social studies class. Think Kahoot! but higher stakes. 

The Remote Working Tool - Brightful

Users can get a 2 week free trial

If you’re looking to vary what kind of games you play then Brighful certainly has a wealth of different options. From ‘Would you rather’ to ‘Charades’, Brightful is a great way to quickly and easily play a variety of games that would traditionally be limited to in person gatherings. What users get here is the same interactive fun that Kahoot! brings to the table, with more choice.

While Brightful can certainly be used by teachers it really does excel as a tool in a team building exercise and it really comes into its own when the goal is to increase team communication and interaction. Thanks to a series of games that are focused on teamwork and collaboration (Pictionary & Werewolf for example), Brightful is a great way to bring everyone closer together on your next Zoom or Microsoft Teams call while also adding a bit of fun and excitement to the calendar invite. 

The Complete Study Tool - Quizlet 

If you have done any online course, or had a professor in college that was a bit tech savvy, then you are probably familiar with Quizlet. While Kahoot is great for younger students and for creating a fun atmosphere in the classroom, Quizlet is more multifaceted, appealing to students or any age group with a focus on studying and retaining information. It’s easy to see why it particularly appeals to language learners and science students, with its flash cards and speller mode.

More than just flash cards (although this is their most well known feature), Quizelet also offers the opportunity to create full tests and multiple choice study sessions. This complete study experience adds in the same interactive element that Kahoot! does, while also bringing a serious study element to the table. The focus here is less on fun and lighthearted quizzes and more on understanding and retaining important information. 

The Full Classroom Experience - Acadly

While Kahoot! is great for running quizzes and playing in class games, Acadly really excels at everything both inside and outside of the classroom. Acadly is truly a full smart classroom platform that allows teachers to take morning attendance, run real time polls, quizzes, Q&As, and upload full lessons and resources with ease. Acadly has the ability to be a real all-in-one tool for teachers everywhere.

The ability to upload teaching materials and view a detailed breakdown of students' performance means that educators don’t need to switch apps or run multiple software programs. Likewise, Acadly provides all the tools necessary for asynchronous learning and users can easily use the platform for pre and post class activities. While offering many similar benefits to Kahoot! Acadly offers sucha  range of options that it is sure to make online, face-to-face, and hybrid, teaching all the more straightforward. 

The Business Focused Solution - Beekast

If you’re searching for a tool with the same feeling as Kahoot! but in a more professional setting, then Beekast could be what you need. Designed for meetings, workshops, and trainings, Beekast likewise offers an interactive element that you can bring to all of your presentations. Like Kahoot! Beekast is a great way to run a remote or hybrid session and gain the same sensation of everyone being together in the same room. 

Much like Mentimeter, you have the ability to add in icebreakers and activities like a Word Cloud, as well as Selfie Wall that can add a personalized element to the meeting - a great idea for fully remote meetings. Beekast also features a list of integrations from Microsoft Teams to Zoom and Jitsi, that can help streamline any online meeting. What Kahoot! can do for a classroom, Beekast can certainly do for a team or audience. 

Plenty of other options

We can see that there are plenty of options aside from Kahoot! Different online platforms cater for different needs and fulfil different purposes. Mentimeter is one of the solutions that ticks every box and can easily satisfy every need. A wide variety of plans and features mean that a Fortune 500 CTO, K-12 teacher, and everyone in between can benefit from Mentimeter’s interactive features.

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