Website review by Melissa Powers, Common Sense Education | Updated July 2021

Gimkit Live

Group game-show fun and independent study in one engaging tool

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Pros: Minimal setup. Offers students more agency than competitors.

Cons: Students could focus on gameplay at the cost of content.

Bottom Line: This tool's unique spin on game shows could increase engagement, or offer classrooms burned out on other tools something new.

Gimkit Live can be used in any classroom to introduce or review concepts; it's like a mashup of Kahoot! and Quizlet, but with some unique features neither have. The live gameplay is fast-paced and engaging, but when it's assigned for independent practice, Gimkit Live functions more like flash cards. Getting started is easy; search for kits (question sets) created by other users and copy/modify them for your own use. You can also import existing question sets into Gimkit Live from other flash card platforms or a spreadsheet. Students can help you build a kit in minutes by submitting their own questions using the KitCollab feature. This makes it easy to insert an interactive review game into your lesson with minimal prep. Teachers can also use the assignments feature to give homework. Teachers set a due date, and students work through the kit at their own pace, answering questions until they reach a set goal.

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Gimkit Live is a classroom game-show platform where students compete by answering questions on their electronic devices. Instead of earning points, students earn virtual currency, which they can "invest" during the game to boost their score. Games can be played live or can be assigned as independent practice. Students connect via game codes or through a classroom account and can play in a web browser on any internet-connected device. They can compete against each other or collaborate in teams or as a whole class. When teachers launch the game, they choose from a variety of play modes and set in-game parameters. In KitCollab mode, students help build the game by submitting questions before play begins. Teachers can view and download detailed student reports after every game.

For those familiar with other game show apps, Gimkit Live feels really familiar, yet unique at the same time. At first glance, it's a pretty typical quiz platform, but with a little exploration some unique features come to the fore. Perhaps, the most interesting to students will be the money and power-ups. Students earn (and lose) money as they play, which they can choose to "invest" in power-ups and upgrades. Power-ups include options like second chances or upgrading earning potential to earn more money per correct answer. You can turn off power-ups if they're distracting, but they also make gameplay more random and engaging. Gimkit Live was created by a high school student, and though it's a product designed for teachers, the experience is very student-centered.

Gimkit Live features many different game modes, some of which are available only for a limited time. Classic and Team modes are very basic, but others are inspired by popular games such as “The Floor is Lava”, “Humans Vs Zombies”, and “Trust No One.” Certain game modes may better support your learning goals than others and finding the right balance may require some trial and error. However, if the games within the game become too distracting, utilize the set-up options to turn on/off features and customize the platform for your classroom. Keep in mind that there are two sets of results in the post-game report -- how the students fared in the game and how well they answered the questions. Due to random events in certain game modes, students can perform poorly in gameplay, but demonstrate excellent understanding of the academic content.

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Engagement

In addition to fast-paced play and trendy game themes, the thrill of earning, losing, and spending “money” will keep students engaged for much longer than the typical quiz game.

Pedagogy

By utilizing collaboration features like KitCollab, Draw That! and various team modes, teachers can give students control of their learning experience.

Support

Students and teachers will find the platform easy to use. Pop-up windows, blog posts, and social media keep teachers aware of new updates and helpful tips.


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Melissa Powers Media specialist/librarian

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Ed E. , Classroom teacher
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Harlingen High School South
Harlingen, United States
Best interactive classroom game out there . . . currently
I have yet to find any serious flaws with Gimkit. It would be nice if, like Kahoot, you could use the free version, but that's completely not workable (you only get to make 4 question sets and can only edit each one three times), but hey, that's capitalism. It's pretty amazing that one day some high school kid was sitting through a Kahoot-type game and thought "I could make a better game" and then went and did it! I've developed digital games for my students in the past, and I'm kicking myself ha ...
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