Recently I bit the bullet and a purchased a one-year subscription for Mentimeter. I am so glad that I did. Now I feel like I can more accurately compare Mentimeter and Nearpod. These are my thoughts about what sets Mentimeter and Nearpod apart from each other.
You can use this scale questions to gauge opinions or understandings of students. Mentimeter displays an average score (the circle) as well as the distribution of votes (just above the line). I find this to be a great visual way to show students responses.
|Downloaded report from Nearpod... not the greatest for some purposes|
Draw it is an activity where students can annotate an image you upload. Students can highlight, draw and add text. I have found this to be very useful in both writing and math activities. I use it for punctuation activities, paragraph correction and filling in the blank activities.
I asked my class to rate the digital apps we use out of 5 (1 being no; 5 yes). Here is what they had to say about Mentimeter and Nearpod:
So, what is the best?
It is pretty hard to choose between Nearpod and Mentimeter. While they are both presentation apps, they can be used for different purposes. I think Nearpod should have better download options, as I would like to be able to print off and display some of the awesome work we do on Nearpod. For Mentimeter, I think they should include a function similar to the Draw it activity on Mentimeter. The only reason why I would choose Mentimeter over Nearpod is because of their options for downloading presentation results.
Overall, I couldn't recommend these presentation tools more highly. They increase engagement and participation, compared to the traditional verbal Think-Pair-Share model. Both tools help students to feel comfortable and willing to share their ideas. I also think the quality of ideas is a lot better. This could be because they are talking more time to think and compose their responses. Using these tools take longer than TPS, but you get a lot more out of your learners.