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What’s It Like?
Mentimeter helps to solve the problem of always calling on the same students by getting feedback from the entire class. Start your day with a class poll to gauge mood, warm up, or ask an essential question. Use an Action Priority Matrix to determine which skills to teach first (involving students in instructional planning) and perform quick assessments using the quiz feature to anonymously check for concept mastery. Host a March Madness-style tournament, letting students vote weekly on their favorite books, scientists, characters, or historical figures. Crowdsource a word cloud to brainstorm character traits of famous leaders throughout history, innovative inventions, or solutions to real-world problems. Group discussions with questions related to themes or scientific discoveries are easily implemented.
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Pros: With the ability to generate questions, assign polls, get image feedback, create matrices, and more, there’s no shortage of options to engage your audience.
Cons: Without import options, teachers will have to spend some time creating presentations, and the free version’s two-question limit can hamper interactivity.
Bottom line: This flexible tool supports the creation of dynamic presentations and can help teachers strike a balance between information and interaction.