So what is Gimkit and why are students obsessing about this game? Gimkit is an online interactive quiz game but so much better than Kahoot and Quizizz! Gimkit was created by a high school student, Josh Feinsilber, in Washington - this makes me LOVE Gimkit that much more! Teachers can easily integrate their Quizlet sets into Gimkit or choose to create a set from scratch. I have found that I like to export Quizlet sets as it is quick and easy to do. I plan to experiment with creating my own sets from scratch this summer. After creating your set, you are ready to play the game. Within Gimkit, the teacher can decide on the game goal from the four options.
|Game screen in Gimkit showing the four game goals|
Time - Students race against the clock to earn as much money as they can.
- Target - The teacher sets a target amount and all students must reach the target to finish.
- Race - The teacher sets a target amount and the first student to reach the target wins.
- All-In - The teacher sets a target amount for the entire class and students try to earn as much money as they can. The game ends when the class reaches the total target amount.
I love having these options and have tried all of them out within my various classes. We have also tried playing both in classic mode as individuals and in team mode. Team mode is interesting as students are still answering questions individually, but earning their money as a team.
Teachers can also decide to change the language and currency of the game. Gimkit currently has English, French, and Spanish language options available.
In addition to the game goal options, teachers also have the chance to customize game in a similar fashion to other online quiz games. After selecting your options, you and your students are ready to experience Gimkit.
|Options within Gimkit|
To launch the game, simply hit the continue button and the login page will appear. Students can use a Chromebook, laptop, tablet, or their phone to access Gimkit. The students type in the web address and then put in the login code to access the game. While the students are waiting for other players to join, they can draw on their screens (It's awesome!!!) My students actually get upset when everyone logs on quickly because they enjoy the drawing feature.
During the game, the students answer multiple choice questions based on the set that you have created. Students earn money for correct answers and lose money for incorrect answers. The beauty of Gimkit is that students can work through the questions at their own pace as there is no time time limit per question. The students can also move onto the next question without having to wait for others to finish. Gimkit automatically shows students the correct answer if they miss a question, so the student receives immediate feedback and can learn from their mistake. As the students continue to answer questions correctly, they earn more money and have the chance to shop in the Gimkit Store. In the store students have several options:
- Money Per Question - A player earns more money per question.
- Streak Bonus - Players earn more money after answering two questions correctly.
- Multiplier - Every dollar in or out is multiplied.
- Insurance - A player pays less when they answer a question incorrectly.
|The Gimkit Shop|
The students love Gimkit and stay engaged during the game. Even if the students are not on top of the leaderboard, they are still trying to earn money and move up. My students have told me that they love how competitive and fun the game is. They now beg to play it every day!
Another awesome feature of Gimkit is the reports for the teacher. Gimkit creates a detailed report after each game, so you can easily see how each student did and what areas the students struggled with.
My students told me that Gimkit really helps them to learn their vocabulary and I am seeing the results in their assessments and classwork. The energy and excitement that is present when we play Gimkit is amazing!
Since my students loved Gimkit so much and thought it was cool that Gimkit was created by a high school student, I set up a Google Hangout with Josh Feinsilber, the creator of Gimkit. Josh shared his story and then my students shared their thoughts and ideas about Gimkit. I appreciated how Josh was interested in their ideas to make Gimkit even better. Josh also asked my students questions regarding some updates he is considering. He shared with us that he is always looking for feedback, so do not hesitate to reach out to him on Twitter at @gimkit.
|Students actively engaged in Gimkit|
|Let's go shopping!|
I would encourage all teachers to give Gimkit a try. Within the free version, you can create up to 5 kits. I have already upgraded to the paid version since I love Gimkit so much and see how much my students love it. Not only do the students have fun during the game, but they actually tell me that they are learning their vocabulary better as a result! What more could you want?