Mentimeter is another option for educators as an alternative to purchasing expensive student response systems or ‘clicker’ sets for their classrooms.
Mentimeter is much more simple than Poll Everywhere or Socrative, but I don’t see where you can do anything else with your results beyond displaying them as voting is happening. It remembers your questions, but you can’t export the data to a spreadsheet for later analysis.
It’s attractive, simple to set up and simple for your audience to vote (which can be tough with the other options out there), and you don’t even need to set up an account before you use it. With simplicity comes a cost. There is no option for text-message voting – you can only vote via a web page. So, the simple feature phones that many of your students probably have will not work.
With that in mind, I like it a lot. Give it a try!
Mentimeter has been hard at work making their polling platform better and easier to use. I’m very impressed with the work they have done. I think that it’s a perfect tool for teachers and schools, in some circumstances. Its easy to start polling quickly, minimal set up is required, and they have a great new pop-up QR Code feature for each question. If you need to poll a large audience on a school budget (read FREE), there is no better option. Mentimeter allows for an unlimited number of questions and an unlimited number of responses per question with their free account.
They have added the ability to download your poll results, but it’s only available with a paid account. Also, I can’t tell if text/SMS voting is a feature. If it is, it’s only a paid account option. All voting must be done on a web-enabled device. If you need text/SMS voting, Poll Everywhere is still your best bet.
Thanks Mentimeter for providing a great tool for teachers and schools!
- HippoCampus– a repository of free educational resources for use in online courses from providers such as NROC, Khan Academy, and interactive science simulations from PhET
- eMedia – Accessible through the Pioneer Library, eMedia is like Netflix for Utah educators with educational videos and other resources aligned to Utah core areas and grade levels.
- Information on how to setup and use the International Keyboard options in Windows
- Socrative – Free online web-based student response system for quick quizzes that can gather student responses??from anywhere they have a computer, laptop or any web-enabled device. Once you sign up for an account, students will access your quiz questions by going to http://m.socrative.com & entering your room number.
- Poll Everywhere – Also a type of student response system, also free to educators, but allows students to respond to questions or vote with a text/SMS message from any cell phone (standard text message rates apply for responses). Poll questions can be embedded into a PowerPoint slide show as well.
- Paperless Workflow for Google Docs – I briefly talked through the basics of this, but with a little time setting this workflow up for you and your students, it really does make a paperless, distance classroom a reality. Here’s how it’s working in other schools. If you are curious, here’s the basics of getting your students set up.
Thanks for attending my session on how to use cell phones in your classroom for GOOD! Please feel free to ask questions at anytime and just participate in the session – all of the links and resources you need are detailed below. A PDF version of the presentation from our session today is available at the bottom of this post.
- ChaCha Smartphone Apps
- iPadio app
- iPadio site
- Remind101 app
- Remind101 site
- Poll Everywhere
- Sign up for a free educational Poll Everywhere account
- Poll: When would you use a Student Response System?
- Poll: What Cell Phone Technology Will You Try First?
- Blabberize – Fun site to make your photos talk!
- Great Blabberize examples of student created artwork and poetry brought to life
What if your students do NOT have an unlimited SMS plan or even a cell phone, but they DO have an iPod Touch? Try the textPlus app (iTunes link)
Poll Everywhere polls:
Below is a PDF version of the Projector Do’s and Don’ts presentation today. All of the underlined links are active and will take you to the sites and resoursorces presented, so you will hopefully not need to scribble a bunch of notes and URL’s
Socrative is a very intriguing new (to me, anyway) tool for formative assessment, quizzes, polls, and other classroom interactions that is easy to set up, easy for students to access, and best of all – free.
It is much more flexible and ready to use ‘on the fly’ than other services I’ve heavily endorsed before (Poll Everywhere) in that you can simply open up a multiple-choice or open-ended question for student responses without having to build the question first (Ever wanted to capture individual responses from an entire class on a UTIPS test/quiz in your classroom??)
Socrative has a great tool for building mixed multiple-choice and short answer question quizzes where the results are not displayed on the board (Teacher’s screen on projector) that can be teacher- or student-paced. The answers are collected, multiple coice questions are graded, and you can have the results downloaded in an Excel file, viewed as a Google Doc, or simply emailed to you.
You can also do True/False, quick Exit Tickets and a game called ‘Space Race’ with the system.
It’s certainly worth a look. Watch a quick video of how it works:
Interesting way to do a Poll Everywhere type quiz or survey using Celly – I think that Celly gets what educators want and need for a texting service! You don’t get any live score updates, but this could be a great tool for bell work or other quick formative assessments.
Download the PDF of the presentation above – all of the links mentioned in the presentation are active!