An interactive presentation, polling and quizzing tool, Mentimeter is beloved for its clean appearance, ease of use, and varied question types. It offers a robust free version, if you know how to use it.
Build interactive questions in word clouds, likert scales, open ended texts, ranking, and more. Use social media elements to have learners “like” slides, or participate in multiple choice quizzes. Set up a Q&A session. Combine a variety of slide types to make an engaging and interactive presentation.
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Tips and Suggestions
Add questions into your course or presentation to check in with learners and co-construct the learning environment. This is a formative assessment tool, as it helps learners check in with how their learning is growing and changing.
The free version of Mentimeter lets you build an unlimited number of presentations. Each presentation is limited to a specific number of types of slides.
|Slide Type||Uses||Quantity Limit per Presentation|
|Questions||Word clouds, Likert scales, Open-ended, and more||2|
|Quiz||Multiple Choice or True/False||5|
|Quick Slides||Text, Images or combinations thereof||Unlimited|
Use any combination of the three types of slides. Each type has their own uses and limits. In a presentation, you could have as many slides as you like, with some combination of quick slides (for text, images, agree/disagree questions), a mini quiz with 5 multiple choice questions, and two varied question types. I strongly recommend using all the question types, including the Quick Slides, to appreciate the range that is possible with this tool. The videos and resources below aim to help you further.
Crafting Effective Questions
The wording of questions is something to be careful in considering. Before creating polls using Mentimeter, use the Spectrum of Effective Questioning to help construct open ended questions. Sometimes, fewer well-phrased, open questions are better than many closed questions. Questions should also span across the range of levels of thinking, throughout a lesson and a course.
Embed a Live Poll in a PowerPoint
One of the best ways to work within the free limits of a Mentimeter account is to create individual or two question sets, and embed these in your PowerPoint presentations. Using a free add-in for PowerPoint, you can easily incorporate question slides into your existing course presentations.
Add Live Polls in your Course
Build individual questions and post them in your course as pre-assessments or post-assessments to their weekly learning experience.
Use the text entry slide or Q&A slides as a backchannel during videos or presentation periods. Collect questions and insights and refer to them at natural pausing points, rather than stopping in the middle of a presentation or discussion.
3 Ways to Create Agree or Disagree Questions
What are some of your tips and ideas about using Mentimeter in the classroom? Share in the comments below!