What’s new in Mentimeter

Some new slide types have recently been added to Mentimeter. Here are some of our favourites, and suggestions for how to use them in your class.

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Question slides

These are slides where audience participation is required. Students can answer anonymously through their smartphone or laptop.

This or that

Participants simply select one of two options, shown as circles in the presentation. The less preferred one becomes smaller and faded.

Could be used for:

  • Giving choice in a lesson, e.g. ‘Do you want to do this next activity individually or in groups?’
  • Exploring moral dilemmas
  • Whole class branching scenarios, where the class votes on the route they take through the scenario
  • Icebreakers, e.g. ‘tea or coffee?’, ‘spring or autumn?’

This or That slide - 'do you want to work individually or in groups?' - 'individual' circle is larger

Guess the number

Participants enter a number between limits you have determined. You can choose for them to answer to the nearest 1, 2, 5 or 10. You can also specify the correct answer with an error margin.

Could be used for:

  • Awareness raising questions, e.g. ‘What percentage of students do you think have a disability?’
  • Knowledge testing, e.g. ‘Can you remember what year this law was introduced?’
  • Instead of using it for guessing, participants could be asked to enter an answer that applies to themselves, and the ‘correct’ answer could be used to show the national average, e.g. ‘What is your height?’

Guess the number slide - what is your height?' - showing cluster of answers around average height

Truth or lie

Participants choose Truth or Lie for each statement (up to 5 per slide). Results are shown in a series of doughnut charts. You can specify which is which and reveal the answers (these appear in the centre of the doughnut as a tick or cross).

Could be used for:

  • The icebreaker ‘Two truths and a lie’. If you have a small group you could get students to submit their statements to you in advance. Otherwise you can just do it for yourself as the session leader.
  • True or False quiz.
  • Exploring common misconceptions

Truth or Lie slide - three doughnuts showing perceived and actual answers to questions about accessibility

Traffic light

Number of votes shown in the red, amber or green lights of a traffic light graphic. There are some popular pre-sets, such as Mood, Decision, Level of Agreement etc., but you can also customise the label against each light.

Traffic Light slide showing levels of understanding

Content slides

These slides are for presenting information and do not require students to respond.

Spin the Wheel

Randomly choose from options (up to 10). You can spin multiple times, and can decide whether to prevent re-selection of a previously chosen option.

Could be used for:

  • Selecting a member of the group to answer a question
  • Allocating assignments
  • Icebreaker activities, e.g. improvisation topic

Spin the Wheel slide showing three essay topics for allocation

Timeline

Display a series of points on a line (up to 20). Note that entries are spaced evenly, not according to actual dates. Each new point is revealed as you click. You can specify how many points to show on the slide at one time, and the timeline will move along to reveal new points.

Could be used for:

  • Events in history
  • Project timeline
  • Sequential process
  • Effects of increasing or decreasing variables, e.g. global temperature

Timeline showing names of ancient sites in date order

Arrows

Display a sequence of steps in chevrons (up to 5). You can choose to have them all displayed at once, or added as you click.

Could be used for:

  • Describing processes
  • Steps in a project
  • Escalation

Arrows - three of five revealed, showing COVID alert levels

Loop

Display points on a circle (up to 5).

Could be used for:

  • Cyclical processes
  • Components with equal weight

Loop showing Plan-Do-Check-Act continuous improvement cycle

For more information on Mentimeter, see the following articles:

Getting started with Mentimeter

Using Mentimeter in and out of the classroom

Mentimeter icebreaker activities

 

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