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Technology In Practice

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Mentimeter

About Mentimeter:

Mentimeter is a tool that allows teachers to ask a question of their students, and see the results in real-time. Students see, and respond to the questions by entering a provided 6-digit code on their own device. Question types that teachers can incorporate into their lectures include:
  • Multiple Choice
  • Word Clouds
  • Open Ended
  • Scales
  • Ranking
Please note that the basic (free) version of Mentimeter is limited to just two questions per presentation. Therefore, this tool is much best used for more "informal" questions (such as a "do-now," "exit ticket," or check-in) rather than actual data collection, or assessment.

Technology Requirements:

Teachers should create Mentimeter presentation, or questions on their Macbook, as a laptop is recommended. However, it is usable on any device, such as an iPad. 

Students can interact with Mentimeter (answer polls, or questions) from any device (iPad, or Chromebook), once you have shared the Mentimeter code with them. Students do not need a Mentimeter account to respond to a Mentimeter question.
There is a Mentimeter app, however students do not currently have it on their Berkeley Carroll devices. Students on iPads can engage with Mentimeter via the Safari web browser, or the Chrome browser (Chromebooks).
Students view, and respond to Mentimeter questions by going to:
  • menti.com
  • Entering the unique 6-digit code you provide them

Here is a list of supported devices & browsers to use Mentimeter on!
Below is a short video introduction to Mentimeter:

Account Information:

Mentimeter has a few different account types, including a free Basic account that any educator can sign up to use.
Please note that the Basic (free) version of Mentimeter is limited to two questions per "presentation." Therefore, this tool is best used for more "informal" questions (such as a "do-now," "exit ticket," or check-in) rather than actual data collection, or assessment.
Berkeley Carroll does not currently pay for a schoolwide Pro, or Teacher Mentimeter account.

Creating a Free Mentimeter Account:

  • Navigate to mentimeter.com
  • Click "Sign Up" (from either sign up button)

  • Click "Sign up with Google" and sign in using your Berkeley Carroll email address.

  • It will then ask you what you would like to use Mentimeter for (there is a K-12 Education option). Answer this, and Click "Get Started."

  • Then Click "Continue With Free" to set up your Basic account.


Signing Into Your Mentimeter Account:

  • Navigate to mentimeter.com
  • Click "Log In" and sign in with Google using your Berkeley Carroll email address.

Creating a Question/Presentation on Mentimeter:

This tutorial explains:
  • Starting a new Presentation
  • Adding a question, and customizing it
  • The different question types
  • Customizing the slide type, and Presentation theme
You can watch this Tutorial as a video, or view it at your own pace as a scrollable list of steps (Select "View it - List" and scroll down on the dropdown menu for this option.)

1. After logging into Mentimeter, Click +New presentation. A 'Presentation' is a slide with interactive questions.

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2. It will automatically open onto a blank slide. Remember, the free version of Mentimeter only allows two slides, or two interactive questions total, per presentation.

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3. Click on the question type you would like to add. I'll choose Multiple Choice for this example.

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4. Type the question you would like to ask.

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5. Click the picture icon to upload a corresponding image.

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6. Type in the different Answer options for your participants.

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7. Make sure to look at the Extra options. For example, if you would like to allow your participants to choose more than one answer, Click "Let participants choose multiple options." Or, you can display the correct answer, or the answers in percentages.

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8. You can now see your blank slide, where responses will appear when your participants submit their answers.

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9. Another fun option might be to have your students fill in a Word Cloud. Click Word Cloud for this option.
Remember, on the free version of Mentimeter you can only have two questions. This is my second "slide," or question.

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10. Type Your question (what types of words you're asking students to submit for the cloud) under "Your Question."

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11. Click Entries per participant to customize how many words you would like your students to include in their answer. This is the number of words in a phrase, not different entries!

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12. Click Let participant submit multiple times if you would like your students to submit more than one answer.

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13. Here are a few of the other question types you can have on a Mentimeter slide.

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14. An "Open Ended" question allows students to submit any written answer to the slide, with no word limit. 

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15. A "Scales" question allows students to rate their answers on a scale (such as 'Strongly Disagree' --> 'Strongly Agree').

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16. A "Ranking" question allows students to rank answers (such as 1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice).

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17. A "Q&A" question allows students to submit any of their own questions to the presentation.

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18. Creating a "Quiz Competition" slide allows your students to answer the question in a "quiz" format - with a correct, or incorrect answer. Answers can either be selected, or typed.

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19. You can also customize your "Content Slides" - for example, you could create a slide with just an image on it, or an embedded video.

Just remember that in the free version of Mentimeter, you can only have two slides.

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20. Click Themes to adjust the color scheme, and theme of your slide.

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Here's an interactive tutorial

https://www.iorad.com/player/1706157/Mentimeter---How-to-Create-a-Mentimeter-Presentation

Sharing Your Mentimeter Presentation:

This tutorial shows you how to:
  • Rename your Presentation
  • Share your Presentation
  • Present your Presentation
  • Download & Clear Results
You can watch this Tutorial as a video, or view it at your own pace as a scrollable list of steps (Select "View it - List" and scroll down on the dropdown menu for this option.)

1. Click on the Presentation you want to start, or share with your class

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2. I recommend naming your Presentation so students will know what they're looking at it when they open it, and it is also easier to keep you Presentations organized this way!

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3. Click Share

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4. Here, you can see the different ways to share your Mentimeter presentation. You can make sure the access is 'available to join' as well. 

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5. One way students can join your Mentimeter is by going to "menti.com" on their device, and entering the 6-digit code.

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6. Or, you can send them the link to your presentation (it is probably much easier for them to just enter the code themselves).

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7. Click Present to start presenting your Mentimeter.

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8. Your presentation will now open, and you can start to screen share in Zoom, if you want results to be visible to your class.

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9. At any point, if a student is kicked out, or joins late, the Menti code is available on the top of the presentation

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10. When students start to answer your questions, the results will appear on the slide.

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11. To advance to your second slide, click the right arrow key ON YOUR KEYBOARD.

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12. Click "ESC" on your keyboard to finish presenting.

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13. Click Download results to download the answers to your computer (the only option for this on the free version is as a PDF).

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14. Click Reset results to do this presentation again, without any student responses on it.

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Here's an interactive tutorial

https://www.iorad.com/player/1706455/Mentimeter---How-to-Share---Present-Your-Mentimeter

Below are a few more "Frequently Asked Questions" that may help you use Mentimeter in your teaching practice:


1. Can I use the example Mentimeter slides in my own presentation?
2. What is 'Mentimote'?

1. Can I use the example Mentimeter slides in my own presentation?
Yes, even on the free version of Mentimeter, you can import (up to two) of the example slides from their library. There aren't too many that would be relevant for class, but there are a few in "Just for Fun" and "Icebreakers" that might be fun.
To quickly use a Mentimeter example question:
  • Choose your question type

  • Click "Examples"

  • Browse the examples by searching for something specific, or on their table of contents

  • If you find one you like, Click "Add" and it will be added to your presentation


2. What is 'Mentimote'?
Mentimote is a new feature (still in Beta mode) that enables you to present your Mentimeter from your phone (or other handheld device), like a 'remote'. You can find more about Mentimote here.

Here are a few ways you might use Mentimeter in your teaching practice...

  • Check in with your students using a Mentimeter question:
    • Have them rate how they're feeling on a scale
    • Have them build a word cloud of class, or community norms
    • Have them select a response to a specific question (relating to interests, knowledge, or preferences)
  • Create an "Exit Ticket" on Mentimeter:
    • How comfortable are students feeling on specific class content?
    • What are words to describe how they're feeling after a particular lesson?

Below are examples of Mentimeter in practice (these are screenshots of Mentimeter question results):

  • 5th Grade Advising: Charter Question

  • 6th Grade ARCC : Icebreaker

 

  • 7th Grade ARCC: Racial Identity Reflection

  • Schoolwide: Ross Gay Spoken Word Reflection

Here are more resources from the Mentimeter support pages:


​Do you have a specific Mentimeter question that you can't find the answer to?
Email Help Desk: helpdesk@berkeleycarroll.org with "App Request" in the Subject Line.

Do you want to see how other people are using Mentimeter?

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