Mentimeter enables the audience to give their opinion in real-time using a mobile device. This is a great tool for presentations as it enables you to get instantaneous feedback from the audience.
- Create a free account
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- Create an event
- Your audience enters the website online and answers your question(s)
- The result is shown as the votes drop in
Penny’s experience with Mentimeter
Mentimeter allows you to use live-polling in class, where students can use either a laptop, tablet or smartphone to engage in the poll. It’s free and very easy to use, and is particularly nice for asking questions to large groups (but can also be used to ask more controversial questions, where students might like to keep their answer anonymous, to smaller or larger groups). You can choose to have the results appear live, or to hide them until the end of the voting period. There are also different options – multiple choice, rankings, word clouds, open-ended responses, and others.
Getting large groups of bachelor students to engage during lecture. Sometimes I use it on a question where there’s a clear right/wrong answer, so students can see if they’re understanding material, but usually I prefer to use it on more ‘discussion’-oriented questions – asking students for their opinions on things, or to brainstorm/generate ideas about a topic.
5 minutes max. The Mentimeter site is easy to use, and has a variety of options. You can also re-use questions from previous classes/sessions or easily create new ones.
Time spent on Mentimeter in class:
5 minutes max. The voting takes a couple of minutes for those students who aren’t already online, and for students to think about the question. I recommend only 2-3 questions tops per class, though (in which case you might spend as much as 5-10 minutes per question, voting and discussing the responses); after that I notice that students start to either not vote (you can see how many vote for each question) or to write sassy responses on open-ended ones.
Advantage over alternatives:
It’s a bit more ‘fun’ than simply raising hands, and as noted is anonymous so you can ask more controversial/thought-provoking questions. I’ve once used ‘clickers’ at another university, which is also fun but requires lots of equipment and software setup; this runs just out of phones/laptops so is very easy.
As noted, if you use it too much, the novelty/fun wears off and students disengage. It’s also up to you to figure out how to discuss the answers – especially if you use an open-ended or word-cloud option. The word-cloud option doesn’t work well if students write more than one word (e.g. A phrase) — every single word is then tallied up individually rather than the phrases themselves. So I find the open-ended/text options better than the word cloud, unless you phrase your questions quite strictly.
Overall I like Mentimeter – you just can’t use it too much. But it’s a way to engage quieter students, at least for a moment, and in evaluations I’ve had several positive comments about the various Mentimeter polls. The charts/responses are visually clean and attractive, too, so it looks relatively cool, which is nice.