An interactive presentation tool which allows you to collect polls, data and opinions from participants using smart devices.
One example is in a class on Physical Properties of Metals for basic level chemistry students.
At the start of the class the teacher asks the students to type in words they think are associated with Physical Properties. This is used to create a word cloud. The students like to see the word cloud appearing and developing and this often engages them and encourages them to type in answers. As the word cloud is forming it gives the teacher a chance to assess whether the students have any concrete knowledge of the topic and may highlight some misconceptions, or confusion about the distinction between chemical and physical properties.
The teacher then presents the topic Physical Properties of Metals using Powerpoint slides. In-built in these at intervals are multiple choice questions related to the topic. The students can quickly input answers on mentimeter and the results that are displayed can be checkpoints to make sure everyone has understood the material.
At the start of the next class the teacher can give the students five minutes to answer an open-ended question on what they have learned about the physical properties of metals. The comments are anonymous and quieter students are often more comfortable engaging with anonymity.
Points of weakness: could be time consuming to set up from a teacher perspective.
Pedagogical value: allows for fast testing of understanding, engage students.
At the beginning of this particular lesson, Biology on the skeletal structure of a human, I asked the group some open ended questions on the topic to ascertain any prior knowledge they may have had. I told the students to go to the website menti.com and enter the code that I had generated for my presentation. Through that medium they were able to answer my open ended questions such as; What words would you associate with human bones? Name an important bone in the human body. From here the results are plotted on the board through the overhead projector.
Mentimeter allowed the student answers to be displayed. It encouraged discussion and facilitated much student voice in the lesson. What I found to be very interesting also was that anytime a response was shared by another person it became more visually prominent. This really encouraged much discussion and allowed for both lower order and higher order questions on this topic.
I felt the formats of presentation were very visually appealing. Answers can be displayed in grid form, one by one or in speech bubbles. I found the one by one method was very effective as it gave endless opportunity for answers/ideas the students may have. The grid format works well when creating a survey or asking a multiple choice question. The personalisation features allowed me to add funny pictures, videos and even the use of “gifs”. This only added to the appeal of this particular tool.
Overall mentimeter can be used across all class groups and I found that it gives the equality of opportunity to the group in having an opinion. It is ideal for closed questions and for surveys also. Once you have an account set up presentations can be stored on it forever so this allows for recycling from year to year.