While working hard on the brand new Popplet website, one which no longer relies on Adobe Flash Player, it has become apparent that a number of users are experiencing issues using Popplet in Google Chrome. Our solution for the moment is to switch to using the Microsoft state-of-the-art browser, Edge.
We cannot say with certainty what is causing these issues in Chrome but what we can say is that they relate to the continued use of Flash. Current issues are:
As COVID-19 continues to disrupt daily living all over the world, schools and businesses have sensibly closed their doors. Not so long ago, this would have meant an end to much of the learning. Nowadays this is not the case. The internet makes it possible for quality communication and collaboration to continue whatever’s going on so the learning doesn’t have to stop.
During these troubled times, committed educators are taking to the internet – usually from their own homes – and broadcasting and sharing activities with their students. Parents are joining in too, and the whole effort is emerging as a powerful message of hope.
Popplet is proud to be a part of the message and to help you participate and share with the world we have brought together some of the app’s most useful collaborative features.
Collaborating with Popplet
Popplet helps you to share your work by addingcollaborators.When you add collaborators you will be able to:
Invite and receive feedback
Ask and answer questions
Participate in activities in real-time
Set and participate in group assignments and group discussions
Work together on projects in real-time
Assign access levels and user permissions
Find out how to make use of Popplet’s collaborative features; stay in touch with classmates, students, and colleagues; and participate in activities in the blog post below:
If you’re an educator, student, or parent working from home, creating and learning, we urge you to join the millions of others who are choosing to share their work either within their groups or globally. This is the time to stay connected people. Here’s a list to get you started:
Here’s what I’m using to connect with my #Gr9English class over the next 2 weeks:
You can share with the Popplet community by joining us on Twitter and on our Facebook page. If you don’t already have an account, go to the Popplet homepage and sign up and we’ll give you ten complimentary Popplet boards to get you started.
You have nothing to lose and much to give and to gain. Join us!
Over the last few weeks, we have been looking at how Popplet can be used in Project work – all project work: A school assignment about volcanoes, the implementation of new machinery into a factory, or planning the opening of a coffee shop. No job too big or too small. In this article, we focus on presentations.
Presentations are now an essential part of work and education. They are no longer an activity confined to the realm of experts, and it’s highly unlikely that anybody born in the digital age will be able to avoid having to give one at some point. These days, even Kindergarteners are taught how to present their work.
As you can see from above, it would be fair to say that Popplet boards are the very stuff of presentations. Depending on the stage of your project, if you’re using Popplet, then you will always have a collection of visuals for presentations. But did you know that Popplet comes with its very own built-in presentation tools?
Along with Popplet’s own features, there are also a few other ideas for delivering presentations using Popplet:
The correct handling of information is key to the smooth running and success of any project, so the digital tools used need to be up to the task. Popplet may not seem like an obvious first choice here, however, it has the capacity to store and index data, in various formats. This data can be immediately converted into highly impressive visuals.
Ease of use: this is the point in a project where things can get messy – information is misinterpreted and can get “lost”. Complexity hinders collaboration and communication. Popplet helps you keep it simple.
Powerful features: despite its super user-friendly, intuitive interface – intentionally designed so that even the youngest of users could work with Popplet – there lies beneath the surface a robust and highly effective suite of tools for handling and presenting data.
There are heaps of tools out there to help you with your project work. Be it a 3rd-grade science project or the implementation of a lucrative new business idea they mostly offer the same service. Many of these apps are very good indeed, great even, but few offer the simplicity and versatility of Popplet. When it comes to project work, no matter what the level, Popplet can be relied upon to perform well from beginning to end.
What makes Popplet such a useful project tool? Well, over the course of the next few blog posts we’re going to find out by concentrating on the following areas:
Creating Quality Visuals
Every good project starts with solid research and hopefully, we’ve done ours. Popplet is such a good research tool because…
In the age of digital, one might be tempted to diminish or even forget the importance of the written word in education. Fortunately for our learners, their teachers most certainly have not and literacy skills, along with other valued core skills, continue to occupy their rightful place in the curriculum despite and because of the growth of the digital classroom.
Literacy isn’t just restricted to the study of books. However, analyzing a piece of quality text or even a well-known story can reveal much about what’s great and progressive about reading and writing, and also provide endless opportunities for more in-depth study and learning, for example:
Story building – how a narrative is constructed and how this impacts on the reader.
Themes – the exploration of a book’s main elements.
Character analysis – who are the main characters, what shapes them, why do they do what they do?
Cause and effect – who or what makes things happen. Events are connected.
Quotes and other memorable pieces of writing – why do they affect the reader so, why are they memorable?
Significant events – what are those happenings that determine the outcome of a story or the fate of a character? What matters?
Language study – focusing on grammar, parts of speech (adjectives, adverbs, nouns…), technique.
Identification – gaining a deeper understanding of ourselves and others from the people, places, and events described in a story.
Popplet is present in many classrooms. Fortunately for us, teachers and learners often publish impressive examples of their Popplet work. Popplet’s easy-to-use and powerful features make it a very useful addition to any lesson, especially in the literacy classroom, as you will see.
Picture the scene: the ardent lead detective questions his team – anxiously huddled close by – about any new information in the hunt for the criminals. He pushes, he prods, he orders, he pleads with his fellows to think hard; time is running out. Now cast your eyes to the wall behind the lead detective, what are the detectives staring at?
Images of suspects or “persons of interest”, significant events in date order, addresses, car registrations, any and every piece of information that will help the detectives crack the case. This is the timeline, an interactive representation of the facts, and from it, if they look hard enough, they may just glean enough information to catch the bad guys and save the day. Of course, this is what we see in films and on TV, but it’s obvious enough that timelines such as these are used by real-life detectives. They could just make lists on A4 paper and discuss their findings this way, but that’s not what they do – why not? Elementary: a visual representation of facts like a Popplet, for example, sets neurons firing and makes for a highly effective investigative tool.
It’s not only law enforcement who benefit from using timelines. Timelines are a useful and even essential tool in many different types of situation:
Studying events – any event can be broken down and its parts placed in the order they happened.
History – any historical event or fact can be visualized on a timeline
Biography – leader, writer, artist…
Projects – from going on holiday to setting up a new company
Autobiography – all about you and the milestones of your life
Process – any process that benefits from the recording of significant events
Books, stories, films – explain and understand what’s going on
Writers use Popplet to create timelines for their work
We don’t just find Popplets lying around on the floor you know! However, due to the absolute deluge of Popplet creativity out there online, popplets are pretty much digitally ubiquitous – just not on the floor!
If you have never seen a Popplet (unlikely) there’s one above. If you are in need of inspiration or if you are searching for ideas then there are plenty of places you can search.
Don’t be scared! The advance of robotics is not turning out to be the Terminator-like experience of the movies: Schools still exist and they are not teaching our kids how to protect themselves from the Arnold Schwarzenegger type androids prophesied in The Rise of the Machines. The dystopian nightmare scenario is not how things are playing out at all. In fact, the future is looking pretty good for humankind’s collaboration with Artificial Intelligence. In saying that, it would be foolish to entirely ignore the cautionary tales contained in Isaac Asimov’s: I, Robot. Why we see so many Popplets about Online Safety, maybe.
We know all about our bright digital future because of the increasing number of popplets that we see featuring Automation, Robots, Artificial Intelligence, and society’s ever-widening use of new technologies. This is the future – no doubt!
So, are you ready for the future as glimpsed on Popplet? – Engage!
Educators and learners can achieve a lot using a mind mapping tool like Popplet. Popplet’s easy-to-use interface and its powerful features allow Popplet users to immediately capture their thoughts in several different ways. They can then organize and share this information using Popplet’s powerful editing and collaborating tools.
Having so many features, an indefinable age group for its user base, and as well as being useful for practically any task means Popplet is definitely considered one of the app world’s true all-rounders, making a name for itself outside of education, in business, as well as for personal use. In spite of this Popplet is still a favorite when it comes to App Smashing activities. Isn’t this what every job requires: A committed team player with the ability to work on their own initiative? That’s Popplet.
Here are some examples of Popplet’s favorite App Smashing partners and some of their activities.
Number Pieces has a web and iOS version and is totally compatible with Popplet. “Number pieces help students develop a deeper understanding of place value while building their computation skills with multi-digit numbers.” As well as place value and simple computational tasks – adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing – early-years students use Number Pieces Basic to represent smaller numbers, and then store their creations in Popplet.
A Popplet App Smashing article would just not be complete if we didn’t mention the iPad cameras and their functions. All you need to do is snap an image and it’s immediately available to add to any popplet by pressing export then save JPEG.
If you want to add your image to a popplet right away press
On the popple’s toolbar and you’ll be given to option to snap a photo and have it added straight into the popple:
You don’t have to add your images to Popplet right away. You can snap as many as you like and make an informed choice later just like Sara Shafran’s first-graders did on their “learning how to observe nature” activity:
Apple’s document creation app is another favorite of Popplet users and is often to be found in writing activities. Popplet is usually employed in the planning of writing tasks. The “writing plan popplet”, which can contain images for meditation and inspiration, is inserted into a Pages document as an image and the budding scribes use it as a reference. It’s not only about images, quite often students fully plan their writing projects using Popplet, whatever medium they use. The group below did all their planning digitally but chose to write the traditional way.
Apple’s flagship presentation tool, Keynote, is as likely to be found in the classroom as the conference room, a bit like Popplet. When developing the skills of future digital citizens, it’s better that they gain experience with apps of this caliber. Year 6 at Howard Junior School have been doing just that! In this example, the students began with the fictional book, Holes, by Louis Sachar. Then they went out and done some digging of their own, created popplets from their results, and finally created non-fictional reports using Keynote. Phew! Well done guys.
A single popplet can only hold one image. The regular solution is simple: create another popple! However, that’s not always how it goes because some learners want more than one image per popple, and if they use tools like PicCollage, they can have this. Like all of the apps featured here, PicCollage is a superb app in its own right and well worth a look, even if you’re not planning to use Popplet with it.
Flipgrid is an amazing app that encourages discussion between teachers, learners, and even parents. Users respond to each other by adding short videos to which they can add presentations. Flipgrid users use Popplet as well as many other apps in their video presentations. More often than not, questions are set by the teacher and students respond. But peer to peer interaction is what really makes Flipgrid special. We love it, take a look for yourself.
Not an app as such, but there are apps out there with this feature. Mostly they employ the microphone button on the keyboard of any iOS device – that’s correct, students don’t even have to write any more to add text to Popplet! Of course, we are not discouraging writing development, but sometimes, when one is dictating directly, or the opposite – in a stream of consciousness mode, using a text convertor is frequently more productive.
We are sorry to all of those apps that learners happily App Smash with Popplet that we haven’t mentioned – there are a lot more but we only have a thousand words! If you want to see more App Smashing or more Popplet ideas join the Popplet community on Twitter and don’t forget take a look at our Facebook page. If you like what you see, you know what to do.