Blooket is a free online gaming platform that allows you to build your own content or pick from a selection of content options provided by the team behind Blooket and engage your students in a fun, entertaining but educational focused manner. We suggest getting familiar with this website (it’s a good alternative to Gimkit with different games) and use it as a reward or to emphasis past content.
Blooket has a large number of resources to help you teach your students. As an educator you can use this website to create vocabularies sets, trivia games, quests and quizzes. Students outside of class can also use Blooket’s educational games to review past information or discover new facts. The primary age group for this platform is elementary, but you can customize the content yourself for older students
Create a free Blooket account
The first step is to go ahead and create a free account with your preferred email account here. It’s a simple process that takes a few minutes. Make sure to check your email and verify your account and to use a password you’ll remember easily so you don’t waste time in class trying to log in.
Once you sign up you’ll be looking at a dashboard for your account. Here you can either create sets or discover sets:
Create a Set
The create a set function allows you to form your own questions and is perfect if you’re looking for an interactive way for your students to study and review material at home. You can also use the “create a set” feature to create homework and assignments for your students to complete as a compliment to whatever lesson material you’re teaching.
If you want to create your own Blooket set material, click on the tab that says “Create a Set” and it will take you to a template page where you can fill in the set’s title, description, and pictures. Next, it’s time to add some questions.
Questions are in multiple-choice format and have a user-friendly layout that allows you to input which response is correct out of the four options. You may also set a time limit for each question to make it more difficult and add images to make it more visually appealing.
One of the best features of Blooket.com is that all the content that is created by teachers is available and free for other instructors to use. Once you’ve completed and published your set it then becomes part of the library, allowing other teachers to discover and utilize it within their classroom.
“Discover sets” are premade Blooket sets. This feature is perfect if you’re looking for a fun reward system to use in class if your students finish an activity or a quiz or test in class. The discover sets are also an excellent choice if you’re currently doing online remote learning and need a quick activity.
One of the most popular games is the “name that logo” set. It’s a fun way to test your students knowledge of various company brands, services and companies. It’s also useful to leverage as an on-boarding mechanism for you and your students to how Blooket works.
Once you navigate through this section here, choose a game that you and your students find the most appealing or a game that compliments your current lesson material. Once you select a game, you’ll then need to choose a game mode.
Game modes in Blooket explained
Once you choose a set you’ll next need to choose the game mode. Off to the right on the screen it will describe what the game mode specifically entails. With all game modes you can set it based on time or obtaining a certain score, number, or quantity amount (depending on the game). We’ve found the time limit to be the most useful in class to keep things moving and would suggest a time limit of 4 to 7 minutes.
Here is a quick overview of some of the most popular game options:
Up to 60 players can join this game mode, but it’s best if you have at least 3 or more players. Your students answer questions correctly and earn gold. Students can also take gold from other players as well so there is bit of luck and strategy involved in this game mode.
Ideal for two players or more, students answer questions and throw out reels to line in fish. This mode you can set it as time based in that students need to reel in fish quickly and the student who has the most fish win or you can base it on weight with the heaviest fist being the farthest away from the players and the most difficult to reel in.
In this mode, players “mine” crypto and hack other players defenses to steal their crypto. There is no luck involved in this game mode and instead players are rewarded for answering questions correctly and fast.
The battle royal mode sets players one on one or teams vs teams. What you can do in class is breakup the class into two teams and each team has to pick one team member to go up against one individual from the other team. That way each student participates on an individual level.
Sounds boring, but the cafe mode is pretty fun in that your students compete by answering question correctly and the getting supplies for their cafes. With supplies they can keep customers happy and buy upgrades to level up their cafe.
Tower defense and the tower of doom
These last two options are homework only games the students complete on their own time. Assigning homework allows students to play a game on their own time. You’ll be given a Game ID that is valid for a set period of time when you host. Then, when your students use this Game ID, they’ll be able to play the game and answer questions. Then you’ll get real-time updates on their progress and performance.
Hosting a game
Once you’ve selected a Blooket set that you like as well as a game mode, it’s time to go ahead and launch your game. As your Blooket set is loading, you’ll be given a game ID that your students can use to join your game:
This game ID is important to take note of particularly when assigning homework. You’ll need to share this ID with your students so they can either join the game or complete your Blooket set for homework.
Assigning homework in Blooket
As we just mentioned with the Tower Defense game and the Tower of Doom game, you can in fact create sets or use premade sets that have a homework mode built in. When you choose a game mode, you must select a game that has a homework mode where you are taken to a page where you can set a due date/time and a goal. The objective is either a specific amount of minutes spent playing or a specific amount of money earned in the game.
How do I assign a question set as homework for students to do on their own?
First, choose a question set by finding one in the “Discover tab” or creating one in the “Create tab” and then view it in your Dashboard. Now, click Host on this question set and select either the Tower of Doom, Factory, Crazy Kingdom, Tower Defense, or Café mode as these game modes currently have homework options.
Then, click “Assign HW” and it will walk you through the process. Finally, it will give you a link that students can click to play the game on their own time. All they have to do is click the link, they don’t need an account as Blooket is only allows users 13 years or older to create accounts.
How do I check homework that is assign in Blooket?
In your Blooket dashboard you’ll see a “homework” option in the sidebar. There you can view what students engaged with and completed the assignment and what their overall performance was. As you can set the homework to be done in a specific amount of time, students need to show some level of responsibility and complete the task as required.
How do I share a question set I’ve created with another teacher?
With Blooket you can assign a set you created to another teacher. First, navigate to your dashboard and find the set you would like to share. Then, click on the gear icon to the right of the trash can. You’ll then see a “link” option.
Click the Link button and it’ll copy the link for you to share. If the Link button does not appear it is because your set is currently set to “private” and you must click the pencil icon to edit the privacy settings and make it public.
Blooket is a great learning tool for students
Blooket is simple and easy to use in the classroom or at home as homework with no extra equipment necessary or login information required. Students simply need to log into their account and input the game ID for the activity or homework they were assigned by their teacher.
Students may alsouse Blooket on their own and play online games in a variety of disciplines with their favorite game modes. This sort of gaming-based lesson material for young learnings is not only engaging from a student perspective, it also helps you the teacher make content your students will love.
Blooket for teachers conclusion
Blooket is simple to use in the classroom or at home by students. All they need to do is simply enter the game ID for the game mode of your choice for your students or that of an assigned Blooket set as homework. Then all your students need to do is add their nickname and they’re off.
No user names or passwords required. This is important if you’re using Blooket for students under 13 years old. When you create a set and select a game mode make sure to uncheck “Allow Student Accounts” so your young learners won’t be prompted to create a Blooket account as users under 13 years old are not permitted to create an account.
If you’re using this website with students 14 years or older it’s your call if you want them to have their own accounts. Otherwise, what are you waiting for? If this is your first time of learning about Blooket then try it out in your classroom. You and your students will love it.