Mentimeter

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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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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 TypeUsesQuantity Limit per Presentation
QuestionsWord clouds, Likert scales, Open-ended, and more2
Quiz Multiple Choice or True/False5
Quick Slides Text, Images or combinations thereofUnlimited

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.

Preview of the Spectrum of Effective Questioning.  Click to download.
“The Spectrum of Effective Questioning” by Teaching and Learning, 2018. CC BY NC 4.0.

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.

Teaching and Learning Conestoga. (2020). Add a live Mentimeter Question to your PowerPoint presentation [Video File]. Retrieved August 2020 from https://youtu.be/cVWY65yDfv4.

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.

Teaching and Learning Conestoga. (2020). Add a live Mentimeter Question to your course [Video File]. Retrieved August 2020 from https://youtu.be/P9pmA-pDqJE.

BackChannelling

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.

Teaching and Learning Conestoga. (2019). Backchanneling in Mentimeter [Video File]. Retrieved August 2020 from https://youtu.be/vkNrztPSL-Q.

3 Ways to Create Agree or Disagree Questions

Teaching and Learning Conestoga. (2019). Agree or Disagree Questions in Mentimeter [Video File]. Retrieved August 2020 from https://youtu.be/JF4XXmO66UE.

What are some of your tips and ideas about using Mentimeter in the classroom? Share in the comments below!

Jess Wilkinson

Jesslyn is the Educational Technology Officer at Conestoga. An Ontario Certified Teacher, and holding a B.A. and B.Ed., Jesslyn researches and promotes new technologies for faculty to enhance pedagogical practices. She brings to the role her experience as a Google and Microsoft certified technology trainer and as a classroom teacher in South Korea, Mongolia, and Ontario, focusing on special education and assistive learning technologies. She is available for workshops, consultations, and support with using technology in higher education contexts.

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