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What is Mentimeter and How Can It Be Used for Teaching? Tips and Tricks

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Mentimeter combines the digital tools of quizzes, polls, and word clouds to offer a central point for class and remote learning interactions. Essentially, this is a super powerful presentation tool for teachers and students.

This platform is more about presentations, so it's less quiz-focused than the likes of Quizlet or Kahoot!, which are all about that and little else.

The system is easy to use with presentations that are straightforward to build, share, and engage with, live. With feedback for data trends, this becomes a very powerful tool that can work well for teachers.

So, is this ideal for you? Read on to find all you need to know about Mentimeter.

What is Mentimeter?

Mentimeter is a presentation tool that is designed to work digitally, live. It's built both for use in the classroom as well as for remote education.

Unlike a PowerPoint or Slides presentation, this tool allows teachers to interact with the students in real time, take a poll, present a quiz, and more. Point being, this should be more engaging for students to help them learn, even when not in the class.

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Mentimeter is designed for use beyond the classroom, in business too, so there is lots of support, making this a very well-made platform that's getting constant updates from all its various users.

This tool can be used via a web browser, making it simple to access from nearly any device. Dedicated apps also help to make it even easier for students to use on their own smartphones and tablets wherever they are.

How does Mentimeter work?

Mentimeter requires you to sign-up to start using the service. This can be done easily with Google or Facebook login, or email address if you prefer. Then you're given the choice of either going on as a presenter or as an audience member.

That said, students can join an event -- as it's called -- by simply entering a code that you can send via your preferred communication method.

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Select a single icon to begin creating a presentation from scratch with a guided process. During this you can add events, which include questions, polls, word clouds, reactions, and more. These are where students have a chance to interact during the presentation.

Once the presentation is finished there will be data collated that can be used to see how the students responded throughout. More resources can also be found on the company's website, including a helpful FAQ and guidance videos.

What are the best Mentimeter features?

Mentimeter is very adaptive, so it can be accessed easily online or via the app -- but also via other apps. It is possible to integrate Mentimeter within the likes of PowerPoint or Zoom, for example. So, for example, teachers can add in events to a presentation already created, or use a Mentimeter presentation, in part, on a software platform required by a school or student, for example.

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In the case of Zoom integration, it makes remote learning much easier. Not only can a teacher carry out the presentation to students wherever they are -- as they interact -- but this can also all be seen and heard live using video chat. This is ideal for offering guidance as you go, just as you might in the physical classroom.

It's not just teachers who can create polls and questions, students can do it too, live. This allows educators to get students engaged during the presentation, perhaps adding questions for the class or directly for the teacher. A helpful upvote system makes for an simple way to find what everyone needs without taking up too much class time.

The word cloud can be a good way to work as a class to brainstorm, perhaps creating character traits in a story, for example. For an ELL class or foreign language, it's possible to ask a question in multiple languages.

The fact all this offers data that can be analyzed by teachers makes it a very powerful tool both for use live as well as for future planning.

How much does Mentimeter cost?

Mentimeter has a Free version, which allows teachers to create unlimited presentations for unlimited audience members but with a limit of two questions per slide and up to five quiz slides in total.

The Basic plan, at $9.99/month, gets you the above plus unlimited questions, and the ability to import presentations and to export results data to Excel.

Go for the Pro plan, at $24.99/month, and you get the above plus the ability to create teams for collaboration with others and branding –- all more business-user focused then.

The Campus plan, with custom pricing, gets you a single sign-on, shared templates, and a success manager.

Mentimeter best tips and tricks

Test skills first
Use an Action Priority Matrix to find skills to teach first, followed by a quiz to see how these concepts are being absorbed and understood.

Brainstorm
Use the word cloud feature to brainstorm anything you're working on in class. For example, you can use random words as prompts to practice creative writing.

Student led
Have students use Mentimeter to create presentations that get the class interacting. Then spin-off more presentations using the reactions of students.

Luke Edwards is a freelance writer and editor with more than two decades of experience covering tech, science, and health. He writes for many publications covering health tech, software and apps, digital teaching tools, VPNs, TV, audio, smart home, antivirus, broadband, smartphones, cars and much more.