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Barber MS students in Mr. Ryan Janak's math classes have been effectively using gaming technology as a review activity. Mr. Janak uses Gimkit which is a quiz learning game for students. As they complete quizzes, students earn money to reinvest in Gimkit upgrades that align with their strengths.
This is what Mr. Janak had to say about using Gimkit in his instruction: “I use Gimkit as a review activity before tests. My kids absolutely LOVE playing it. It is very similar to Quizizz in that it is self-paced, so students get to work at their speed.
Where it differentiates from Quizizz is that it rewards students with money for questions that they answer correctly and deducts money for questions that they get wrong (which helps curb guessing). They then get to use their money in the in-game shop where they can buy positive power ups, like earning more money per question, or negative power ups, like freezing another students screen. The kids love this because it displays on the projector their name and what they bought or who they harmed.
I make the game a competition in two ways: 1) Students compete against each other in their class - Gimkit tracks this and displays winners at the end. 2)They compete as a class against the other class periods - I just write the totals on the whiteboard at the end of each period.
My kids like competing against the other class periods WAY more than competing against their classmates, and they get to watch their class total climb (or decline) on the projector while they're playing!”
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