I learned about Gimkit on Twitter, where I learn about all things EDU. Two things struck me most about what I was reading. One was that the game focused on mastery rather than speed, I’m looking at you Kahoot!!!! The other was that it was made by a high school student. One student, Josh Feinsilber, created it, the with a team he assembled they improved it. For that reason alone I wanted to buy a premium subscription just to support him. I teach computer science to students in grades K-5 and we are always telling students you never know when an idea you have will become a viable idea. This is a viable idea.
I used it at the end of this past school year with my team of CS Content Specialists. We worked as a team all year supporting the district roll out of CS curriculum in K-5 schools. We taught a lot and although we shared an office, we didn’t see each other that often. I created a Kit, what a game is called, to learn more facts about each other. We played it at our final team meeting of the year. After playing, I realized a couple of things were far superior to competitors.
- The questions repeat. You set a timer, 5 minutes for example, and you answer as many questions as possible in that amount of time. Some students might cycle through the questions 6-8 times.
- Since the teacher is not micromanaging the lesson like in Kahoot, you set a timer, and the game really takes just about that amount of time. No more waiting for stragglers to get logged in. If they take forever to login, they just have less time to try to match their peers or earn money. It takes the burden off the teacher, and puts it back on the student.
- You can project a leaderboard but you don’t stop after each question. Students keep working for whatever time period you set.
- Students can earn money and buy rewards with the money like more points per question.
- Students can “clap” by clicking the clap button.
- I think the resulting PDF after a game gives more actionable data than Kahoot.
- You can assign a Kit as an outside of class activity in self paced mode.
I can’t wait to start using it with students next year. I can see using it for computer science vocabulary, debugging errors in code, predicting what the output of a chunk of code would be, answers to biographical questions of famous computer scientists we read about like Ada Lovelace, computer use procedures, really anything.
I hear it integrates with Quizziz, but since I have not used Quizziz, that’s not much of a benefit to me. I think you can only import your own Quizziz ‘s so that doesn’t help.
I did put in animated gifs into each question and you can add via web address instead of via download so that process was easier for me as well.
I’ll write a new post once I start using it with students about their reactions and feedback.
Go over to Gimkit and sign up for a free account. I found out the free account only lets you store a few Gimkits and you can edit each one, only one time. You could make it work, but you can also pay for a premium subscription, or pay monthly if you don’t want to commit to a year. Go ahead and do it, a high school student made this!!!Please follow and like us: