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Name: Mentimeter

Content producer: Niklas Ingvar

Devices: Available on mobile devices or desktop computers. There is an app to download, but it is unnecessary for using Mentimeter.

For:   Mobile audience polling tool, useful for anyone looking to add interactivity to a presentation, class or workshop.

This review looks at the  free version of Mentimeter.

Main pros:

  • Adds an element of interactivity to your presentation or session
  • Easy to use

Main cons:

  • There is a limit of two questions per event
  • The data is made publicly available

Mentimeter is not a mobile app but an online tool which is responsive and works well on a mobile device. It lets you create quick polls that you can share with your audience on their mobile devices with an event specific code.

You can choose from various question types:

  • Multiple choice
  • Word cloud
  • Quiz
  • Scales
  • Open ended
  • 100 points
  • 2 by 2 Matrix
  • Who will win?

If you are unclear what a question type does, you can hover over the choice and an explanation pops up.

screenshot of Mentimeter. Hover over the question type to get more info.

Once you have created a presentation, you will be given a code to share with the audience. The polls are mobile friendly and will read well on mobile screens.

From the presenter end of Mentimeter, you can choose to ‘show’ presentation  to display results on the screen.

If you wish to test it out , go to www.menti.com and enter the code:  33 57 14 to answer the two poll questions.

There is an option to share results with the audience if they request the email. But you can also copy the URL for the presentation to share: https://www.mentimeter.com/s/ddcb1549353304c3b134c265550e605f/4ad966569e02

You can set questions to go at ‘audience pace’ or ‘presenter pace’:

  • Audience pace: audience individually choose when to move on to the next question
  • Presenter pace: audience does not see the next question until the presenter decides.
  • Note: some questions, such as the quiz function are only available at ‘presenter pace’.
Screen shot of audience answer submission page.

Example of how poll questions display

 

Creating a presentation is easy, but instructions for some questions can be unclear. A bit of trial and error may be needed, however, you can test how questions display by taking part in the poll and clear the test data afterwards. It is also easy to change, delete or shift the order of questions.

During the presentation, the presenter has options such as:

  • Vote countdown
  • Closing a vote
  • Reopening a vote
  • Asking the same question again
  • Clearing vote results

This is useful for managing timings, and enables reuse of the poll over multiple sessions.

mentimeter poll result example

Example of how results are displayed.

Mentimeter offers a free version and paid for version. With the free version, users are restricted to a maximum of two questions per event.

In the video below, Dr David Winterbourne talks about his experience of using Mentimeter in lectures at St George’s, University of London

Overall, Mentimeter is worth trialling if you’re looking for an audience polling tool.


All posts on this blog are subject to the SGUL Library’s guide to mobile resources disclaimer, please take the time to read it carefully.

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