Mentimeter is a polling tool you can use to collect anonymous responses quickly from large or small groups. Answers can be collected in many different ways, for example as word clouds, bar charts or notes in a slide.
You have access to the complete version of Mentimeter with your student account.
Mentimeter is easy to use whether all participants are in the same physical room or on a Zoom call – or even in a hybrid situation where there is a mix of both. The only requirement is that everyone has access to the internet in some way (e.g. via their mobile phone) and that everyone can see the same slide displayed on a screen.
In Canvas you can find a Mentimeter guide for lecturers that you, as a student, can also use to learn more about the different features.
Below you can read about some common uses for Mentimeter, and you can also look at Mentimeter’s blog to get tips about how to design questions and different ways to use the service.
Engage your audience with Mentimeter
The most common way to use Mentimeter is as an element to engage and include an audience in oral presentations. You can ask questions to test knowledge, to collect spontaneous reactions or why not to create an icebreaker in an awkward Zoom meeting.
Work in groups effectively with Mentimeter
Mentimeter can also be an effective tool for working in groups. It is easy during group work for one or a few people to do most of the talking, but if you let everyone think a bit first and answer questions anonymously, you can make sure that everyone has their say in some way. Asking and answering questions via Mentimeter can also be a good way to move forward if you are feeling a bit stuck as a group.
Study groups can use Mentimeter to write questions to each other. You can take turns preparing questions in different areas or from different chapters. If everyone answers anonymously first, you can then read each other’s answers and discuss which one makes the most sense and why. It can be a fun way to make everyone feel included.