You know how they always say you should try new things and try to integrate it into your lessons? Yeah… not going to try that anymore for a while.
So, we decided to use MentiMeter. A website that allows you to make an entire presentation interactive or to use as an energizer. It sounded like a great idea for one of our courses, called YAFIC (Young Adult Fiction), so that students could take a look at the pictures presented and fill in their thoughts on our mentimeter. The students filled in their thoughts and no matter what we did, the website would not log on the SMARTboard. Nothing worked, opening/closing the page, refreshing…
So, we had to fall back on a good old fashion whiteboard and a marker and write down the thoughts of the students. Which did work, of course, where would we be without the good old-fashioned ways?
Of course, talking about we, I mean me and my fellow students who had to prepare a pre-reading activity for a book we were discussing.
Opening the mentimeter on the laptop did work afterwards, but then we’d already finished.
Usually when our teachers use the mentimeter it works just fine, but when we try it for ourselves of course it doesn’t. So it seems that MentiMeter has a preference for teachers and not student-teachers. (Haha, no just kidding). It can be used to create a mindmap and I think that is wonderful and a lot easier, since you don’t have to write down everything yourself and it activates everyone in the classroom because you can see how many answers have been admitted.
Would I use it again? Maybe in a few weeks, to see if technology has decided to play nice.