As an educator, I am always searching for new and creative methods to engage my students and promote learning. Two prominent educational games that have gained popularity in recent years are Blooket and Gimkit. Although both platforms are designed to make learning enjoyable and interactive, each has its own unique set of features and advantages.
Blooket is an online gaming platform that offers a variety of self-learning games. Students have found it appealing because it is user-friendly and provides an immersive learning experience. Blooket offers several game modes, including quiz mode, race mode, and random mode. The quizzes on Blooket can be customized by teachers or students, making it an excellent tool for tailored learning. Furthermore, Blooket has an extensive library of pre-made quizzes on various topics, making it a helpful self-learning resource. I have developed exciting English language learning sets using Blooket, which teachers and students can access on this site. These game sets aim to make learning engaging and enjoyable, while also enhancing language proficiency. Among the most popular sets with students are Cafe, Monster Brawl, and Tower Defense. Give them a try to see how they can improve your classroom or English/Japanese language skills.
Gimkit, on the other hand, is a gaming platform designed specifically for the classroom setting. Gimkit games are multiplayer activities that can be played in real-time, making them ideal for group learning. The game encourages students to compete with one another, promoting healthy competition and keeping students motivated. One of Gimkit's unique features is that it allows teachers to customize the game based on the topic being taught. Additionally, teachers can modify the difficulty level of the questions, making it easier or more difficult based on the students' skill levels. I enjoy using Gimkit because it is highly interactive and engages students of all levels. One of its most exceptional features is the ability to host live 2D games. My students love playing games like Snow Brawl, Tag: Dominion, Snowy Survival, and Capture the Flag. To join the games I host, be sure to follow me on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
In addition to the engaging gameplay and learning opportunities offered by Gimkit and Blooket, both platforms also offer rewards for students who participate and excel in the games. In Gimkit, students earn virtual coins called "Gimkit coins" for answering questions correctly and winning games. These coins can be used to purchase different avatars, backgrounds, and power-ups to enhance the gaming experience. This incentivizes students to participate and do their best in the games, which ultimately leads to better learning outcomes. Similarly, Blooket offers "Blooket coins" which can be used to dress up a student's profile, giving them a sense of achievement and personalization. These rewards add an extra layer of motivation for students and make the learning process more enjoyable.
As a final note, both Gimkit and Blooket are competitively priced platforms, they also offer an easy way to import sets from other flashcard tools like Quizlet. So make sure you give the a go.
I am an experienced teacher and coach of English as a Second Language in Japan. I'll use this space to talk about the various tools I use in the classroom.