Menitmeter provides a mobile app for polling during presentations. You can create questions to which your audience replies with their mobile devices or laptops. Feedback is provided in a visual form, in real time. I tested the app because I think it can be useful in university. Students will feel more involved and motivated by enabling them to contribute to presentations. It is a welcoming change compared to the classic lecture format. Of course it is not something new but I wanted to see the differences to other solutions and provide freedback to them. My conclusion:

You can easily register online on their website (https://www.mentimeter.com/).  Mentimeter is fully web-based which means no downloads or installations required. That’s really good. On their website they are writing that you can use Mentimeter completely free of charge, no credit card needed to get started. It is free, but after a few minutes a I saw that it is a limited version. You can create only two questions for example, otherwise you have to buy the Basic or Pro Version which is quite expensive I think (https://www.mentimeter.com/plans). But it is possible to test several functions (Multiple Choice, Image Choice, Word Cloud, Qui, Scales, Open Ended, Matrix etc.) with the free version. What I am excited about are the diversity of these functions. The teacher can for example let the audience rate statements on a scale. That’s a quick way of getting useful data and analysis of trends and progress. The website visualize the results in real-time. This works especially well. But I think the opportunities to design the slides could be improved. Compared to PowerPoint there are only a few elements. Of course it is not the central function of their product but for the price they charge it has to be better. All in all Mentimeter is certainly a new way of doing presentations. It can be used to create great interaction. But the prices for the offered product is in my opinion not justified.

 

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