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Use Mentimeter to create a sense of community

What is it?

Mentimeter is an interactive tool that can be embedded into your PowerPoint presentations or used to create a whole presentation.


What does it do?

With Mentimeter, you can create interactive presentations and meetings anytime and anywhere. Mentimeter offers live polls, quizzes, word cloud, Q&A and more for real-time input in face-to-face, remote, and blended learning environments.


What Should I know?

PowerPoint Add-in
Advantages

You can embed the Mentimeter directly in your PowerPoint and you can still have videos and other resources embedded in PowerPoint, and it all work seamlessly. Students can see the results of the Menti slides in context when looking back over the lecture

Potential issues

Only a limited number of Menti slides can be embedded into any single PowerPoint and you can’t upload the PowerPoint to Collaborate as it will convert to a static set of slides.

If you re-use the lecture and re-set the Menti questions, the students will see the most recent set of answers, not those from their session. To avoid this, you will have to recreate the lecture, copy the Menti, and update the links between the two.

Note: this will mean you will not be able to compare sets of Menti answers from different groups
Picture of a laptop showing a mentimeter powerpoint
Create a whole presentation in Mentimeter

Given the issues noted above, you may wish to create the whole presentation in Mentimeter. This can include importing an existing PowerPoint presentation to Mentimeter. 

Advantages

This will create a single item, with unlimited numbers of Menti question slides. It’s easy to have Menti’s Q&A available and students can see the results of the Menti slides in context.

Potential Issues

It’s not possible to include PowerPoint slides with live links, videos, etc.

If you re-use the lecture and re-set the Menti questions, the students will see the most recent set of answers, not those from their session. To avoid this, you will have to copy the Menti, which will leave the original set for those students who participated. This means you will not be able to compare sets of Menti answers from different groups

More information:

Importing presentations to Menti – Mentimeter’s guide that covers PowerPoint, Keynote and Google slides

Run your slideshow and a Menti presentation

Given the limitations of both of the above, you may prefer to run both Powerpoint (or Keynote), and Mentimeter on your computer, and use the screen share options in Collaborate or Teams. 

Preparation

You may have found that if you try to show a presentation while Collaborate is open, it can take over all your screens. This means that the students can hear you, but you cannot see the chat. The best way to overcome this is to set it to run in a separate window. This will work even if you only have one screen.

Select Slide show menu item, then Set up slide show

In the Slide show menu item, select “set up slide show” – and then to open in a separate window

Choose Browsed by an individual (window) - 2nd item

If you are using Keynote, the equivalent option is “Play Slideshow in Window” under the Play menu.

In PowerPoint, you could alternatively select the Kiosk option and determine which screen you would like it to play on. You will need to remember to put Collaborate on a different screen. Using the Window makes it easier to move things on the fly. 

Mentimeter in Collaborate

Make sure you have Collaborate on one screen, and then a browser tab for Mentimeter on one screen and the presentation’s window also on the same screen. As you are going to be sharing a screen, you probably want to ensure that Teams, Outlook, etc. are all closed! You will probably also want to ensure that the presentation covers the whole screen. 

Simply use Share screen option to select the screen you want to share in Collaborate (remembering to click the audio button if you have videos etc, in your presentation). Once you’re up and running, you can either minimise or maximise the presentation / Menti to switch between them, or, if you prefer, use Alt/Tab (on Windows) or cmd/tab (on a Mac) to move between the two items. 

Advantages

You can use all the features of PowerPoint (e.g. embedded links, embedded video etc) as well as multiple Menti slides during the session

Potential Issues

You may forget when in the presentation when you intended to use Menti (we recommend using a placeholder slide to remind yourself). You will have to give the students the presentation and the Menti results as two separate files. It takes a bit of time to set up in advance and can be a bit fiddly (but not impossible) if you only have one screen.

Tip: Use the share application Window option, rather than share screen
File upload to Collaborate – Menti in the browser

In this particular instance, you’ll use the file share option to upload your presentation to Collaborate and have Menti ready in a separate tab or on a different screen. 

During the session, you will have to switch between the shared file and the tab/screen that’s got Menti on it using the share button in Collaborate.

Advantages

It takes less time to prepare the screens etc, than running the slideshow from within PowerPoint and works with one screen.

Potential issues

It can take time to switch between file sharing and tab sharing. You will have to give the students the presentation and the Menti results as two separate files. When you return to the shared file, you will have to navigate manually to the next slide. To solve that issue, you could break the presentation into several smaller presentations with the Menti slides at the end of each section. Then you will be able to start each small presentation from its first slide (and it will help you remember the exact point where you wanted the Menti slides!)

Updated on 08/03/2022

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