Review by Marianne Rogowski, Common Sense Education | Updated March 2018

Mentimeter

Call on everybody at once with flexible, interactive presentation tool

Subjects & skills
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Skills
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking
Grades This grade range is based on learning appropriateness and doesn't take into account privacy. It's determined by Common Sense Education, not the product's publisher.
K–12
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Pros: With the ability to generate questions, assign polls, get image feedback, create matrices, and more, there's no shortage of options to engage your audience.

Cons: Without import options, teachers will have to spend some time creating presentations, and the free version's two-question limit can hamper interactivity.

Bottom Line: This flexible tool supports the creation of dynamic presentations and can help teachers strike a balance between information and interaction.

Mentimeter helps to solve the problem of always calling on the same students by getting feedback from the entire class. Start your day with a class poll to gauge mood, warm up, or ask an essential question. Use an Action Priority Matrix to determine which skills to teach first (involving students in instructional planning) and perform quick assessments using the quiz feature to anonymously check for concept mastery. Host a March Madness-style tournament, letting students vote weekly on their favorite books, scientists, characters, or historical figures. Crowdsource a word cloud to brainstorm character traits of famous leaders throughout history, innovative inventions, or solutions to real-world problems. Group discussions with questions related to themes or scientific discoveries are easily implemented.

Teaching a foreign language or ELL class? Ask questions in different languages to practice authentic classroom conversations. Or empower students to create interactive presentations and teach small groups or the whole class a skill or concept. Collect usable data in seconds while giving students a voice. Knowing their opinions will be asked or that questions will require their input along the way will encourage them to be more engaged in the lesson. Mentimeter is also a great tool for professional development, allowing presenters to engage participants while providing high-quality content. 

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Mentimeter is an interactive presentation tool that allows users to engage their audiences in real time. Teachers sign up using an email address or via Google or Facebook logins. After choosing Presenter or Audience pacing to get started, teachers simply click a button to begin designing a presentation. Users can choose from a variety of Events, selecting from options such as questions, polls, word clouds, reactions, and more. Audiences join from the app or via menti.com and enter a six-digit join code in order to see and respond to the questions.

Teachers can create up to five quizzes for free, but Events are limited to two per presentation. Exporting capabilities aren't available in the free version, so teachers who want to view data trends can either upgrade to Basic or use another tool -- such as Google Forms -- for questions where data collection is a priority. Teachers will find additional resources as well as support on the website via videos and a FAQ section, and great ideas about how others are using Mentimeter are abundant via social media.

Mentimeter helps to minimize the "death by PowerPoint" conundrum. The ability to create presentations where students ask and vote on questions, and take polls, allows teachers to involve their audience in ways that a traditional presentation can't. Letting students submit questions as you teach, using the Upvote feature as a gauge, teachers can use class time more effectively by addressing the needs of the many while still being aware of the needs of the few -- or even the one. The flexibility of the question types along with the ability to have students respond, see responses, and ask questions in real time, enables students to make relevant connections during a lesson rather than wait until after teachers present the information to be assessed. Student creation offers even more possibilities, allowing students to become teachers by creating interactive presentations for small groups or whole classes and bringing authenticity to classroom content.

The limitations of Events in the free version can be frustrating, but users can create multiple presentations in order to increase interaction, made easier via a one-click copy feature. It would be nice if users could upload slides or presentations from other platforms, lessening the burden of re-creating the wheel. However, PowerPoint users can add a Mentimeter plug-in, which allows them to add Events directly into their presentations. Another workaround for increasing interactivity is to create multiple presentations, structuring lessons so that each one builds upon the last.

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Inviting your audience to participate in your presentations is sure to engage, and students will love the variety of interactivity options Mentimeter provides.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Dynamic presentations give all students a voice, assess understanding of concepts, provide instant feedback, and create opportunities to ask questions.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

The tool is easy to learn, and there are tons of resources and ideas for use via the website's FAQ section, video tutorials, and social media pages. 


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Marianne Rogowski Media specialist/librarian

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Carly L. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Parkland High School
Allentown, United States
Provides Quick, Real-Time Feedback from Students
Overall, I believe this is an effective tool to create presentations with quick real-time feedback from students. I like that the product is free and easy to use with a variety of question types such as word cloud, multiple choice, scales, Q&A, etc. I can click on a particular response to bring it into larger view on the projector. The product can serve my students and teaching better in some ways. If I am using a presentation in multiple classes, I have to ensure I reset results or they will appear ...
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