Ever used Gimkit in your classroom? If not, you’re missing out. Gimkit is the ultimate game-based learning platform that will transform how your students learn and engage with new material. Forget boring worksheets and lectures – with Gimkit, learning comes alive.
You start by importing your content – vocab lists, history facts, math problems, you name it – into the Gimkit platform. Like magic, Gimkit turns your content into an engaging game show-style trivia competition. Students join the game on their devices and race to answer questions correctly to earn points. The faster and more accurately they respond, the more points they get.
Watch as your students get hooked on reviewing and retaining information as they try to climb the leaderboard. With customizable settings, you control the difficulty, point values, time limits, and more. Best of all, Gimkit provides real-time data and reports to show you exactly what your students know and where they need help.
If you’re looking for a simple way to energize your classroom, tap into students’ competitive sides, and make learning fun again, look no further than Gimkit. This guide will give you everything you need to get started. Come on, what are you waiting for? Your students will thank you!
What Is Gimkit?
So what exactly is Gimkit? Gimkit is a free game show-style learning platform where students compete to answer questions on their devices. Instead of earning points, students earn virtual currency which they can use during the game to purchase power-ups to boost their scores.
How Does It Work?
The teacher creates a “kit” with questions and answers on any topic. Students then join the kit on their phones, tablets or laptops and compete to answer the questions correctly, as quickly as possible. For each correct answer, students earn virtual dollars which they can use to buy upgrades like:
- Double points: Doubles points for correct answers
- Extra time: Gives more time to answer questions
-50/50: Removes two incorrect answers, leaving just the correct choice and one incorrect option.
Students try to earn as much virtual money as possible to buy the power ups so they can ultimately win the game. The goal is to make learning more engaging and fun by turning it into an exciting game show experience.
Why Use Gimkit?
Gimkit is ideal for review, reinforcement, and formative assessment. Some of the benefits of using Gimkit include:
•Increased student engagement. The game show format makes learning fun and exciting.
•Instant feedback. Students know right away if they answered correctly and see their scores updating live.
•Competition motivates. Students are motivated to do well to win the game and beat their classmates.
•Works on any device. Students can play on whatever device they have available – no apps to download.
•Customizable. You can create kits on any topic with different types of questions like multiple choice, short answer, and image identification.
Gimkit adds excitement and competition to your classroom while still focusing on learning. Give it a try and see your students light up!
How to Play Gimkit
To join in on the fun of a live Gimkit game, you’ll first need to get the game code from your teacher. They’ll either display it on their screen, share a join link with you, or provide the code for you to enter at gimkit.com/join.
Once you have the code, head to gimkit.com/join on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device and enter that code to participate in the real-time game.
When the game starts, you’ll see a series of multiple choice questions on your screen. Select the best answer for each question as quickly as possible to earn points. Questions can cover anything from math problems to trivia to vocabulary words – it all depends on the content your teacher built into that game.
As you answer questions correctly, you’ll earn currency called “Gimkit Cash” that you can use to purchase power-ups in the game store. Power-ups give you bonuses like double points, immunity, and extra time. Buy them strategically to maximize your points!
You can also use Gimkit Cash to set bounties on other players. If someone answers a question incorrectly, you’ll earn half of the points they would have received. And other players can do the same to you, so answer carefully!
The goal of the game is to be the first player to reach the point target set by your teacher. The questions will keep coming until someone achieves that goal, so get those fingers ready for some fast-paced fun and learning! With the competitive and engaging nature of Gimkit, you might not even realize how much you’re learning.
Tips and Strategies for Winning at Gimkit
To become a Gimkit master, follow these tips and strategies:
Upgrade the Streak Bonus first and then the MPQ until about stage 5. The Streak Bonus multiplies your winnings for each correct answer in a row. This can significantly boost your money per question (MPQ) early on.
One strategy is to buy the discounter as soon as possible after buying a few upgrades. The discounter reduces the cost of upgrades, questions, and power-ups by up to 90%. This allows you to gain upgrades and make more money at a faster rate.
Speed and accuracy are important, as well as using power-ups wisely and targeting weaknesses. Answer questions quickly and correctly to maximize your streaks. Use power-ups like double money, immunity, and 50/50 strategically to maintain streaks or gain more money on tougher questions. Pay attention to question types or topics you struggle with and focus your studying on those areas.
- Use bombs to eliminate incorrect choices and increase your odds.
- Buy lifelines to keep your streak going.
- Join a league to earn league points for additional rewards.
- Complete daily challenges to win bonuses.
- Consider buying automated tools like auto-buy, auto-50/50, and auto-immunity to speed up progress.
Learn keyboard shortcuts to answer faster. For example, press 1, 2, 3 or 4 to select the corresponding choice. Press 5 for 50/50, 6 for immunity, 7 for bomb, and 8 for lifeline.
With practice and the right techniques, you’ll be topping the leaderboards and earning tons of Gimkit cash in no time! Keep at it and don’t get discouraged if you struggle at first. Like any game, becoming an expert just takes time and persistence.
Customizing Your Own Gimkit Games
Once you get the hang of playing Gimkit games, you’ll want to start creating your own. Gimkit Creative allows you to construct maps and design unique game modes to fit your needs. You have full control over the content and options so you can customize the perfect review game for your students.
To build your own Gimkit game:
- Log in to your Gimkit account and select “New Kit” to start from scratch. Or, choose “Edit Kit” to modify an existing game. You must own the kit or copy it if you didn’t create it.
- Choose a game mode. Options include survival, team, timed, and practice. Survival and team modes work best for reviewing concepts. Timed is ideal for quick challenges. Practice has unlimited time and lives, ideal for low-pressure learning.
- Create your questions and answers. You can enter them manually or upload a spreadsheet. Aim for at least 50 questions covering key terms and concepts. Provide clear explanations for each answer.
- Set the game options to fit your needs. Choose how students earn points or lose lives, time limits, team settings, and more. Enable power-ups like skipping questions or getting extra lives to make the game more engaging.
- Customize the map and player pieces. Select different backgrounds, avatars, and markers to match your content or just for fun. You can also upload your own images.
- Preview and test your Gimkit. Play through as a student would to check that questions, answers, and options are working as intended. Make any final tweaks before launching your game.
- Launch your Gimkit and share the game code with students. They can play on their own devices or you can project the game for the whole class. Check results to see how students performed and make improvements for next time.
With some practice, you’ll be creating customized Gimkit games in no time. Your students will love putting their knowledge to the test in new and engaging ways. Keep experimenting with different options to keep things fresh and fun. Happy Gimkit-ing!
The Best Gimkit Game Modes
Gimkit offers several fun game modes to keep students engaged. Here are some of the best modes to try out:
The classic Gimkit mode closely resembles a game show. It’s similar to Kahoot! where students answer questions to earn points. The student with the most points at the end wins! This fast-paced mode works great as a review game or to introduce new topics.
In Super Rich mode, students work to earn virtual currency (called Gimkit Cash) by answering questions correctly. They can then use the cash to purchase upgrades and powerups for their avatar like faster answering, point multipliers, and the ability to sabotage other players. This mode really gets students excited to learn so they can earn more money to advance their character.
For a battle royale-style Gimkit game, try the Survival mode. In Survival mode, students compete to be the last player remaining by avoiding elimination. Players are eliminated from the game when they answer a question incorrectly. Tensions rise as the player count drops! The remaining players get increasingly difficult questions until only one player is left.
If you want students to work together, the Teams mode is perfect. Students are placed into teams to collaborate and earn points by answering questions correctly. Teams can work together strategically by assigning different students to answer questions in their strongest subjects. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins!
Gimkit offers additional modes like Lightning Round, Mixup, and Custom mode where you can design your own game type. With so many options, you’ll never run out of ways to engage your students using Gimkit!
So there you have it, everything you need to know about Gimkit and how to use it effectively in your classroom. This game-based learning platform is innovative, engaging, and most importantly, helps students actually retain the information they’re studying. Give Gimkit a try – your students will thank you, and you’ll be amazed at how much they’re learning. Once you see the impact it can have, you’ll be hooked. Gimkit is the future of education, and the future is now. What are you waiting for? Go sign up, build your first game, and watch the magic happen. Your students will love you for it, and you’ll love seeing them so excited to learn.