Game-based learning in education is gaining popularity not only because of the increased prevalence of mobile devices in the classroom, but also because games are so appealing to students. Whether it is a smartphone or other web-connected device, the vast majority of students in our classes are now accustomed to playing games as apps at home, on the bus, or even while hanging out with friends. Social gaming, in fact, is most likely the number one choice for most of our students. Why not match their interests and blend learning and fun into one great activity in your classroom.
Kahoot! is a great web service that is free for educators and allows you to create web-based quizzes, discussions, or polls. While the teacher accesses and displays the main dashboard from a computer the students facilitate their portion of the activity through a web-connected mobile device. It's free, easy to access for both teachers and students, and doesn't require a lot of skill on the part of the teacher to create content.
Take a few minutes to watch the screencast demo I made of Kahoot! below and give it a try today.