Have you tried the hottest learning tool in the edtech universe, Gimkit? Fellow Language Arts teacher Jeanne Rountree first put this technology on my radar during preplanning in August, but I didn’t actually try it with my students until November. According to Gimkit’s creator, high school student Josh Feinsilber, Gimkit is:
“…a game show for the classroom that requires knowledge, collaboration, and strategy to win. Students answer questions on their own device at their own pace. Throughout a Kit, each student will get exposure to the questions multiple times to ensure mastery. I built Gimkit to be the game I wanted to play in class! While working on Gimkit I developed a passion for making learning memorable. I graduated in June, 2019 and kept working on Gimkit because of the positive impact I know it can have for teachers and students.”
In addition to generating an insane amount of energy and excitement about learning, Gimkit has these additional awesome features:
I like that Gimkit can be used in many ways in the classroom for a live learning activity or as a homework/independent learning assignment; I think it would be fun to use the assignment features on a station rotation day. In addition, Gimkit features a help center for educators.
I tried Gimkit as a way of creating a fun and engaging review of some of the short stories we had read in early November. I thought my students were going to lose their minds (in a good way) when I announced we were playing a review game for those stories in Gimkit and that we would be in team mode.
While the game was tremendous fun, the data from the game also helped me to see gaps in understanding that we could tackle the following day in class.
I was so impressed by the student response to the game that I purchase a year’s subscription to get the extra features and unlimited kits. It takes a LOT these days for any technology to impress me, so for me to invest in a professional subscription says volumes.
Last week, we spent several days doing a variety of learning activities on tone (blog post coming soon on that topic). I created a kit on tone with a variety of difficulty in the questions, and students very much enjoyed the holiday theme and music that are available this month in live games.
If you want to learn more, I encourage you to try the free version yourself. Here are some awesome blog posts and online reviews that will also give you ideas on how and why to use Gimkit!
- “Gimkit: Up Your Student Engagement” from the Manuvering in the Middle blog
- A review from Common Sense Media
- Another fabulous blog post, “How to Get Started With Gimkit: My Students’ New Favorite Tech Game,” from the Math with Meaning blog