Using Kahoot’s Game-Based Mechanics to Engage Classroom Learners with ADHD

In one of my graduate courses (CEP 812) this week, I spent some time researching learning strategies to help students with learning impairments, specific to my classroom setting.  The disorder that I chose to research, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, is one that afflicts so many students with whom I work–for that reason, I have explored the disorder in a white paper.  In the paper, I present information on the disorder from the APA and other scholars, present research that suggests the Universal Design for Learning may provide a solution to disengaged learners in the classroom, and present a tool that embodies these characteristics: Kahoot.  To read the full-length white paper, please click here.

For more information on Kahoot!, please take a few minutes to preview the following video:

Finally, I provide a quiz below that shows an example of how the tool might be used to effectively assess students with ADHD.  Follow this link to view the model Kahoot! quiz that I used in my classroom.



Rios, Roland. (2014). Kahoot! An Introduction. Retrieved 6 June 2014, from


2 thoughts on “Using Kahoot’s Game-Based Mechanics to Engage Classroom Learners with ADHD

  1. James, I really enjoyed learning more about Kahoot and the different ways it helps engage students. I believe student engagement is of the utmost importance when working with students with learning disabilities. I thought the game-based and interactive aspect of it are truly inviting. Using rewards is a great motivator, and reminds me a bit of some of the features in Class Dojo.

    I really liked that you can create assessments to track student’s progress. I can see myself using this in the future. Thanks for sharing this great tool!

  2. What a cool resource! I am definitely going to use that one in the future! It’s such a fun way to do a quiz or a ticket out the door. I like that the students still have to look at the board to see the question so it keeps things centered but it’s great that they get instant feedback. I can see how it’d be helpful for students with ADHD but really it’s great for all students…except maybe those who can’t handle all the visual stimuli. There are so many students now with ADHD and many who are just restless that are in classrooms and it’s great to have a better understanding of some teaching strategies that help with it.

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