How to Use gimkit live


You probably know that gimkit is a fun, competitive way to review and practice your classwork. We’re proud to announce that we’ve just launched a new feature called gimkit live. It’s another awesome way for students to practice and review their classwork! In this post, we’ll explain how it works and how you can use it with your students.

First-time Setup

To use gimkit live, you’ll need a gimkit account. If you don’t already have one, create one here. Once your account is set up and ready to go, head on over to the Gimkit Live page by clicking on the button below:

Once there, click “Create Event.” You’ll be prompted to pick a venue for your event—if you’re unsure which one will work best for you, scroll through the list of suggestions and choose one that seems ideal for what type of event you want to host. Next up is adding a title or description (you can also add both but it’s not required). Finally, click “Save” at the bottom of the form when everything is filled out correctly!

Preparing for your gimkit live

Before you use gimkit live, you should make sure that your internet connection is strong and stable. You should also make sure that your microphone is working properly, as well as your webcam. Finally, it’s important to have a good computer that can run the gimkit live software without any problems.

Using gimkit live with students

To get students to use gimkit live, you can:

  • Show them how it works and what they’ll be doing with it. This is one of the easiest ways to get students excited about using gimkit live, but if you’re short on time or haven’t set up a computer lab yet, this might not be an option.
  • Be aware of student behavior while they are using it. Make sure that they are staying on task by checking in periodically throughout class period or asking questions that require responses that aren’t just yes or no (e.g., “Tell me what happened in today’s lesson.”). When they give their answers, use those as opportunities to build off their knowledge and push them further toward full participation in the lesson plan by having them explain themselves clearly and thoroughly!

Sometimes things go wrong!

Sometimes, you’re going to get stuck. Maybe your internet connection will fail, and then it will take a few minutes before you can log in again. Maybe your computer is running slowly and the game won’t load properly. Or maybe (and more likely) another player will be using a cheat program that disrupts gameplay for everyone else on the server!

If this happens, don’t panic! There are some things you can do:

  • Press Esc and go to Options->Save/Load Game
  • Hit escape and click on Save/Load Game
  • Alt+F4 should work as well

How to do the things

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Answering a question in a gimkit live

The first step to answering a question is to say something like “That is correct” or “That is incorrect.” Next, you can give the student an alternate answer if they were close but not quite there. For example, you could say “No, that’s not right.” Or you could give them some help by saying “You are on the right track—you just need another piece of information to get it right.” And finally, there are times where students will guess wildly and wildly incorrectly; in those cases, it helps if you let them know that their guess was wrong but also provide them with a hint so they can keep trying to solve the problem themselves.

Giving out hints and lockout points

As a gimkit live host, you have the ability to give out hints to stuck players. The first clue should have no more than three words and can only be used once. You can also choose to lock a room if it’s not moving forward in the game.

Using jam questions

Jam questions are a useful way to create a more engaged audience. They can be used to:

  • Force players to answer questions quickly, making the game more interactive.
  • Force players to answer questions at the same time, creating a competitive atmosphere.
  • Create cooperative experiences by asking all participants in one team/group what they think of something (e.g., “If you were stranded on an island with another person, who would it be?”).

Taking away points from players who answer questions incorrectly

Points are taken away from players who answer questions incorrectly. When you see a player’s score go down, your first impulse is probably to question them. It’s important to remember that you should give your players a chance to correct their answer before taking away points. You can do this by giving them a warning and asking if they want to change their answer, or by offering a second chance at answering the same question again or by changing the subject entirely.

We hope you’ll enjoy using gimkit live, if you have any additional questions don’t forget to search our help site or reach out to us!

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We hope you’ll enjoy using gimkit live, if you have any additional questions don’t forget to search our help site or reach out to us!

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