Vance Stevens presents on Mentimeter at TESOL Gulf online event Tools for the Trade

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Learning2gether Episode 496


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Learning2gether episode 496 took place on October 24, 2020, at the TESOL Gulf event Tools for the Trade, which was aimed at providing professional development sessions for language teachers. My presentation was on Mentimeter. You can recap my presentation in illustrated prose format at

All were invited to “Tools of the Trade” with TESOL Gulf
When: October 24 2020, 5.00 PM -7.00 PM SAT
Kuwait/KSA/Bahrain/ 6 PM UAE/Oman

Register in advance for the meeting here:

The TESOL Gulf event Tools for the Trade is aimed at providing professional development sessions for language teachers.

The sessions were supposed to be 20 minutes long where the presenters share with the attendees a tool to be used in online learning (e.g. using One Note, Google form, Kahoot, insight or any other tool that they find useful).

More information on this event can be seen at the TESOL Gulf Facebook page, including the stream recording of all three sessions, available here,
(but TESOL Gulf is a private group so you need to join the group first).

Jose Domingo Cruz

Jose Domingo Cruz presented on his Walk and Talk technique for improving speaking fluency of having students video themselves walking down the street (or around their apartment, anywhere) talking spontaneously to the camera while holding their cell phone at arm’s length and gesturing with the other hand.


Christine Sabieh

Christine Sabieh talked about how she uses an impressive array of tools in her especially challenging context of teaching classes virtually online to her students in Beirut.


Christine had barely started her presentation when she was beset with technical problems. She was joining us from Beirut over unstable internet and suddenly her power went out. Georgios Kormpas sent all three presenters links to their original Zoom recordings, but Christine’s was recorded only from the point where she had regained a stable connection. However the entire event was also streamed on Facebook. I recorded all of Christine’s presentation from there in Camtasia and removed the disaster parts to produce a smooth rendition. I uploaded it to Google Drive here:

If Christine or Jose would like to upload their presentations to YouTube, allow embed, and send me the links I would be happy to embed those presentations here.

Vance Stevens

The tool I chose to present on was Mentimeter.

I wrote up my presentation here

And created a TinyURL for it at

The write-up shows what I demonstrated live directly from Mentimeter. The culmination of the demo was an interactive slide show (link in the Zoom chat) which produced the following metrics:

The obvious first question was to gauge what the participants already knew about Mentimeter, It was interesting to see that none of the 6 people who responded to this first poll had yet created a Menti presentation, which my demonstration and its accompanying documentation would show them how to do.


The next interaction was a demonstration of quiz mode. There was a countdown to the quiz and a cutoff time for responses.


The 3rd option was tricky (the correct answer would be only 2 slides and 5 quiz questions allowed in a free presentation). Only two of the participants scored points on the leader board.


If I’d had more time, I could have asked more questions to spread out the leaderboard a bit. Inclusion of a leaderboard is optional in a Menti slide presentation (some people think that leaderboards might cause embarrassment for some students; I find they can be motivating for others).

In any event, the next question was designed to elicit one- or two-word impressions of Mentimeter and / or the TESOL Gulf PD events and demonstrate how the responses are displayed attractively in a word cloud.


Zoom Chat Logs

22:31:06 From Mashael Al-Hamly to Vance Stevens : you are co-host
22:31:32 From Hanaa Khamis : Hi Bobbie 🙂
22:31:44 From Bobbi Stevens : Hi all
22:32:06 From Bobbi Stevens :
22:32:06 From Rana Khan : Hi Bobbie nice to host you both
22:32:14 From Christine Sabieh : hi
22:32:15 From Bobbi Stevens : Thank you
22:32:41 From José Domingo Cruz : Hi Liz, GOLDFish365 is my website where I keep all my work and research on fluency and authentic listening
22:32:51 From Bobbi Stevens :
22:32:55 From Liz England : Thanks, Jose.
22:34:56 From Hanaa Khamis : Seems to be working like clickers back in time
22:35:26 From Hanaa Khamis : You set up a PPT with Qs (selection type)
22:35:30 From Bobbi Stevens : Visit and enter 18 98 75 4
22:35:49 From Bobbi Stevens : Or use the direct link
22:35:52 From MIN MIN PE : Thank you
22:35:53 From Hanaa Khamis : Participants respond to Qs slide by slide
22:36:24 From Hanaa Khamis : The answers appear in %.
22:36:50 From Hanaa Khamis : Pie charts n bar charts
22:37:07 From Hanaa Khamis : Is that close @Vance?
22:38:18 From Liz England : Reminds me of what some of us do as moderators of webinars, etc. and how we use Zoom (chat, polling, etc.) with Power Point (content)….
22:38:47 From Sandra Stein : Please post your questions for Vance here
22:38:47 From Hanaa Khamis : It was rather difficult back in time with the add-on in PPT n hardware clickers.
22:39:03 From Sundos Alajeel : How is Mentimeter different from Quizzizz, Kahoot, and QuizWhizzer?
22:39:12 From Hanaa Khamis : W Mentimeter it seems user-friendly
22:39:23 From Kent Jones : I’ve started to use Nearpod
22:40:28 From Hanaa Khamis : @Sundos seems a variety v tools serving d same purpose
22:40:55 From Hanaa Khamis : They could be different in interface I guess
22:41:11 From Hanaa Khamis : Kahoot doesnt work w PPT
22:41:25 From Hanaa Khamis : Neither does Quizizz
22:41:34 From Hanaa Khamis : Yes
22:42:46 From Hanaa Khamis : U simply create Qs on Kahoot n Quizizz (web-based)
22:43:34 From Sandra Stein : It’s not open yet for voting
22:43:50 From Hanaa Khamis : can u copy paste d link here?
22:44:23 From Bobbi Stevens : Visit and enter 18 98 75 4
22:44:27 From Sundos Alajeel : I see. So, Mentimeter is a combo of PowToon & Quizzizz. Interesting.
22:44:38 From Bobbi Stevens : Or use the direct link
22:45:24 From Preeti Kolekar : Looks helpful
22:45:32 From José Domingo Cruz : Do I? 🙂
22:48:43 From José Domingo Cruz : Got it!
22:53:27 From MIN MIN PE : Thank you for great sessions.
22:53:42 From Rana Khan : Loved it Vance
22:53:52 From Rana Khan : Thanks
22:54:43 From Sundos Alajeel : Kahoot presents internet delay difficulties. Your experience?
22:54:49 From José Domingo Cruz : What does it cost to get a paid account for more slide access?
22:56:17 From Bobbi Stevens :
22:56:22 From Bobbi Stevens : prices
22:56:33 From Preeti Kolekar : it can be use to involve students as a warm up before the class
22:56:47 From Preeti Kolekar : like jamboard
22:56:50 From Sundos Alajeel : could definitely be used for formative assessment, no?
22:57:36 From José Domingo Cruz : Thanks Bobbi
22:57:47 From Bobbi Stevens : you’re welcome
22:57:58 From Liz England : I think Mentimeter has reduced pricing for educators and for charitable organizations too.
22:58:14 From Sundos Alajeel : Also similar to Poll Everywhere with the word cloud feature 👍
22:58:38 From Bobbi Stevens :
22:58:44 From Bobbi Stevens : educational prices
22:59:00 From Liz England : Thanks, Bobbi.
22:59:19 From Bobbi Stevens : You are welcome
23:00:00 From Hanaa Khamis : Thx @Vance 🥰👏🥇

Promotion and Feedback

This event was announced at these Facebook groups

And announced as a calendar event on the Webheads in Action

I was told I would be welcome to stream my presentation on Learning2gether at this link

I had indicated in my announcments above that I would attempt to stream the event, but I found when I took over as co-host that the option to stream on FB was not available. I was however able to make my own recording and upload it to YouTube.

The TESOL Gulf organizers streamed the event on their own Facebook page, and it can be seen by TESOL Gulf group members here:

Thanks to my ‘beautiful assistant’, my wife Bobbi, for handling the Zoom chat during my presentation and helping me to rehearse my part of this event; together we figured out exactly how Mentimeter would behave over Zoom in the hours leading up to our presentation. She appears with me in the thumbnail in the screenshot below, taken after the recording had been stopped. Thanks also to the organizers of this event, Mashael Al Hamly and Susan Stein, also pictured in video thumbnails below, and Rana Khan, below that.2020-10-24TESOLbeautifulAsst-cropped

Earlier Events

Here you can see notes on events that were listed in the Learning2gether upcoming events calendar here
since the last Learning2gether episode 495 was archived on Oct 18. 

Sun 18 Oct noon UTC Minnie Wang at the 29th Webheads Revival Weekly Open Mic FUNinar

Tue 20 Oct noon UTC – More Than A Feeling: Knowledge Management & Emotion – Hosted by Matt Moore
A joint event with the SIKM Leaders Community:

Matt Moore is an Industry Fellow at UTS. He has over 20 years of experience working in knowledge management with organisations such as PwC, IBM, Oracle and ASIC.

Our lives are full of emotion but emotions are rarely talked about in knowledge management. In this session we will discuss:

  • Different theories of emotion and what they mean for organisations
    How knowledge and information professionals can manage their own emotions and respond to those of others
  • How we design products and programs that account for emotion

Mon-Fri 19-23 Oct – Teacher Success Summit

I learned about this through a respected online colleague

Shelly Terrell was a featured speaker for the Teacher Success Summit

🍎 Find that Happy Place is her virtual presentation with wellness and SEL tips for students and teachers!

The promotional materials said:
Register for FREE for access to over 100 inspiring sessions! Oct. 19-23

This is what I soon discovered about this free Summit

Yes, you can register for free but you will find yourself here,

where you find this:

And then when you get your email where you can see what the sessions are, you see this

Many (self-)promotional emails with over-the-top sales pitches followed.
This email was sent out from the organizers on Day 4 of the conference

The last 3 days of the Teacher Success Summit have flown by so quickly! Here is what some people are saying already…

  • “This has been the BEST PD Experience I have had this year”
  • “The value in every presentation is remarkable. This is the new way teacher PD needs to be conducted”
  • “After watching so many great sessions it was a no brainer to pick up the All Access Pass. I can’t wait to continue learning throughout the year now from these amazing presentations!”

Today is DAY FOUR of The Teacher Success Summit

I’m excited to introduce today’s amazing speakers, but first…

If you have noticed that previous days are locked and you want to have unlimited access to sessions to watch at anytime, Simply grab your All Access Pass HERE at the special conference price of $67 today! Only a few more days until the price goes up to $97!


I’m sorry, but this is pathetic. I hope they make some money from it for all their trouble.

Meanwhile, Learning2gether continues to focus on teachers sharing their knowledge and expertise with teacher colleagues from passion and for free.

For her part, Shelly was much more characteristically represented in the following totally free and academically presented online conference, which promises the recordings should be available soon (with no sliding access price scale).

Sat 24 Oct 0545 UTC – Remote Learning in MFL/EFL online conference at The Koç School in Turkey

The Aim of the Conference:

To share and experience best practice in remote language teaching and learning across the K12 age range in order to celebrate what we are doing and enrich our collective knowledge of best pedagogical online practice

When: Sat., Oct. 24th 9 am to 5 pm, time zone not specified, but I presume Turkey

I registered (free) in hopes of receiving more definitive information

Shelly Terrell will deliver the opening keynote for the Remote Learning in MFL/EFL online conference at The Koç School in Turkey alongside Russell Stannard and Joe Dale


Welcome – 08:45 13:45 SE Asia time
PLENARY 1 – SHELLY TERRELL – 09:00 – 10:00 14:00 SE Asia time

 BREAK – 10:00 – 10:10

PLENARY 2 – RUSSEL STANNARD – 10:10 – 11:10  15:10 SE Asia time

Russell showed us a number of tools including a new one (to me), WordWall. Here are two he showed us:

He said if we sent him an email at handout (something) (he dictated it, I didn’t catch it) then he would send us a “handout” with these links

BREAK – 11:10 – 11:20
CONCURRENT SESSION 1 – 11:20 – 12:20
LUNCH BREAK – 12:20 – 13:00
PLENARY 3 – JOE DALE – 13:00 – 14:00
BREAK – 14: 00 – 14:10
CONCURRENT SESSION 2 – 14:10 – 15:10
BREAK – 15: 10 – 15:20
CONCURRENT SESSION 3 – 15:20 – 16:20
BREAK – 16: 20 – 16:30
CONCURRENT SESSION 4 – 16:30 – 17:30
CLOSING – 17: 30 – 17:40

But I had to miss Joe Dale because I needed to prepare my own presentation on Mentimeter a few hours later.

Fri 23 Oct 01:00 UTC TESOL TEIS webinar on Malaysian teachers and tech use in teaching writing

Thursday Oct 22, 9-10pm EST: Malaysian teachers & technology use in teaching writing (TEIS webinar)The Teacher Educator Interest Section (TEIS) continues our celebration of language teacher educators’ research and practice, near and far. We will be conducting an interactive webinar with Dr. Abu Bakar Mohammed Razali from Universiti Putra, Selangor, Malaysia.  The focus of the webinar is his research on Malaysian teachers’ conceptions and use of digital technology in English Writing Instruction. Faridah Pawan (TEIS Chair) will moderate.

Date & Time: Thursday, October 22, 2020, 9:00-100 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada); 0100 UTC Oct 23

Zoom Room Details:
Meeting ID: 816 9149 5203

TEIS Facebook: The webinar was also streamed live:

Recording: The webinar will also be recorded and will be shared with TESOL members.

For more information about the topic, the following article is attached:

Li, K., Razali, A.B., & Baki, R. (2019). Writing narrative essays using E-Book writing software: Analyses of students’ digital written works. The Journal of Asia TEFL, 16 (4), 1289-1304.

Farida Pawan followed up with this information

Professor Dr. Abu Bakar Mohamed Razali, from Universiti Putra, Malaysia,  discussed his research on ELTs’ perceptions and use of technology. The discussion took place on Oct 22, 9-10pm EST. Faridah Pawan, TESOL’s  2020 TEIS Chair moderated this TEIS October 2020 webinar.

From the discussion, the following points were touched upon:
  • Malaysia as one of the most “wired” and connected countries in South East Asia
  • The web of conundrum (Razali, 2013) in the way technology is used to teach English, involving both the affordances and the sacrifices it demands
  • The existing tensions in teaching writing through the use of technology, namely between teaching writing for the purposes of high stakes exams and teaching writing for students’ personal development
  • The process-writing approach to be fronted in teachers’ professional development if technology is to be incorporated in writing pedagogy.


30 minutes after the TESOL Gulf webinar started (Learning2gether episode 496) the following coincident event began

Sat 24 Oct 1530 UTC KSAALT TESOL Fast Forward Webinar series continues with luminaries from IATEFL

KSAALT TESOL Fast Forward Series Online Events continuing in October with the IATEFL stars!

When: Saturday, 24th of October, 2020
Where: Zoom Interface
Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Our international speakers are the highlight of our October FF series. We are honoured to welcome…
* Carol Read: Past IATEFL President
* Heike Philip: Online events coordinator @ IATEFL LTSIG
* Beatrix Price: Former President of IATEFL Hungary

Register in advance for this meeting:…/tZUpfu…

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Join our FB group to stay updated about our upcoming events and other affiliate events as well 🙂

Sat 24 Oct 1300-1500 UTC – VSTE Second Life Saturdays – repeats each Saturday

About this intitiative,

Jaz and Thunder are at VSTE Space in Second Life every Saturday morning from 5 am to 7 am Pacific time.

Feel free to come learn more about the VSTE VE PLN there. Follow VSTE on Facebook:

 Below are directions for joining the VSTE VE PLN in Second Life and Minecraft

Basic directions to join VSTE Spaces

If you don’t have a Second Life account get one, it’s free. We recommend setting one up at the Rockcliffe University Consortium’s Gateway here:

  1. Download and install the software.
  2. While your Second Life viewer (software) is open click this link
  3. and voila! Look for an avatar on VSTE Island and say, “Hey, I’m new!” We will take care of the rest.

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The date of this update is Oct 28, 2020 03:00 UTC

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