Physics, Chemistry, Geography and Beyond: Popplet in the Science Classroom

Popplet is used in classrooms across a range of subjects, and while our visual thinking app quickly comes to mind in the English and creative arts classrooms, we are also seeing Popplet used in the STEM subjects of science, technology and math.

Let’s look at some of the ways that Popplet is used to enhance science subjects at all grade levels — from elementary to university. It won’t be long before we are sure we see Popplet is used from the classroom all the way through to the laboratory!

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Popplet People: Popplet Behind the Scenes at SXSW!

At its core, Popplet is an app all about interactions. Our web-based and iPad/iPhone apps help you interact with ideas and concepts, interact with content (videos, images, text and links), and to interact with work colleagues, clients, fellow students and team mates via our collaboration and share features.

So it is little wonder that our app has caught the eye of the premiere interaction festival, South by Southwest (SXSW). SXSW is an annual festival held in Austin, Texas each year to celebrate and showcase current trends in creativity, innovation and inspiration.

Covering SXSW in 2014 for Forbes, business journalist Lawton Ursrey wrote:

“Not only is it one of the greatest annual gatherings of leading thinkers in digital, music, and film, it’s a concentrated learning experience at all levels. With so many intriguing individuals and genius ideas, I wanted to cram in as much as I could. Each second of my day was booked with sessions on a wide variety of topics.”

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One of the key leaders who helps make this happen each year is Hugh Forrest. Hugh is Director of the SXSW Interactive Festival component, which in 2015 will be held from March 13 to March 17. SXSW Interactive has become a key event for many industries curious to see what is on the horizon and what ideas and technologies are beginning to shape our world. Continue reading

Two-minute tutorial: Creating a Popplet Template

Popplet’s feature to let users copy a whole Popplet makes it easy to generate a template design in Popplet for reuse again and again.

Businesses can use a template to record meeting notes or to map a design project.

Teachers can use a standard template to repeat classroom activities or to hand out homework assignments.

For example, music educator and technology leader Bill Marsland uses Popplet at the start of his presentations to introduce his team:

He could create a template of this slide so he can easily update it for each presentation his team holds over the year.

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Business Techniques for Using Popplet: Heroik Media, Part 2

How do businesses make the most of using Popplet? In the second part of our Popplet People Profile, we talk with Nicholas McGill from business consultancy Heroik Media about how his team uses Popplet to collaborate, innovate, and inspire.

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In the first part of our latest Popplet People Profile, we learnt about how Nicholas and his team use Popplet to encourage businesses to create the organizational changes necessary to power new growth and opportunity.

Nicholas told us that one of the benefits of using Popplet with business clients is that it is easy-to-use and immediately allows business clients to start working on the real organizational challenges in a welcoming and intuitive interface.

More complex business tools can slow down initial discussions as participants first need to understand how to use the software before they can start collaborating to build a new organizational mission. Nicholas told us that by using Popplet, he is able to start recording group discussions and mapping ideas immediately. The colorful straight-forward design creates immediate buy-in and the simplicity of the tools mean that teams can start using tech to collaborate straight away, and can graduate on to more sophisticated business tools in future.

While Popplet has maintained a minimal aesthetic as part of our focus on effective, easy-to-use design, there are also a lot of features that can be leveraged by savvy power users.

In the second part of our interview, Nicholas shares some of the techniques that he uses with Popplet in his business.

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Overcome the Fear of Change to Help Business Growth: Heroik Media

Popplet is a much-loved app amongst startup entrepreneurs, web designers, creative professionals and new technologists who need access to collaborative tools (online and on their iPads) that reflect how they think visually.

But what about more established and traditional businesses who are having difficulties incorporating new ways of thinking and new collaboration techniques into the ways they work? Can they benefit from using Popplet in their organizations?

Collaboration tools are being considered more and more essential in the business context. Research by the McKinsey Global Institute found that social collaboration tools are becoming essential for businesses that want to increase productivity and drive a new wave of innovation.

These businesses are looking for ways to encourage diverse teams to work together in realtime (across remote locations), and want to use online and iPad apps that can help ignite a sense of creativity amongst the project team. Businesses want tools that can be used across project planning, implementation, monitoring and review.

NIcholas McGillNicholas McGill is the Creative Director and Founder of Heroik Media, a business and innovation consulting firm. He leads a team of seven global thought leaders who work across a range of industries to help businesses communicate with their audiences and build their brands.

Nicholas and his team often work with established businesses who may have begun to stagnate or have gotten used to their current ways of doing things. …And they are using Popplet to create the transformational change that is helping these businesses succeed. Continue reading

Revision Techniques, Tips and Templates with Popplet!

Follow our revision tips to make studying fun, productive, and memorable.

As the end of the school year approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s time to start making use of Popplet’s visual thinking and mind mapping capabilities to help with your revision!

Three Types of Revision Templates with Popplet

We recommend organizing your revision popplets at three levels:

  • Meta
  • Macro
  • Micro.

Meta: This is a subject or course-wide level of revision. You could look back over your subject notes from the start of the school year to review the key learning objectives for the course or subject and document these in a popplet.

 

Perhaps you already did this at the start of the year? Now is a good time to pull out this work to remind you of everything you have learnt.

You can see several examples of meta-revision Popplets here. This Epidemiology Course popplet has been organized as a timeline to show the learning progression across the 16 week course:

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Welcome To The New Popplet iPad App!

We have rebuilt our iPad app from the ground up to create the best visual thinking experience possible! The new version of our iPad/iPhone/iPod app is now available in the iTunes app store and makes the most of all the capabilities of the latest iOS operating system.

Here’s an overview of what you can expect and how we are continuing to improve our Popplet products for you, our loyal users all around the world! Continue reading

Be Cine With Popplet: 5 Visual Thinking Strategies For Film-Makers, Film Students and Film Lovers

Visual thinking strategies are fast becoming a necessity for creative professionals, businesses and students. Having a way to organize ideas visually helps create stunning infographics, tell compelling stores, show previously hidden or obscure connections, and better memorize information!

Lately, we have noticed a growing number of film studies students, budding film-makers, and film lovers making use of the Popplet app. It inspired us to consider how starting with a film subject can help anyone develop visual thinking strategies using Popplet.

Adding videos to your Popplets (along with pictures and drawings) helps users enhance their visual thinking. You can create memory boards with video tutorial content alongside research links and revision notes. Thanks to requests from many of our users, Popplet now lets you include videos from Vimeo in your idea maps.

Here are 5 ways you can use Popplet to explore the reel world of cinema and video, and develop new skills for your own toolbox of visual thinking strategies! Continue reading

Back To School iPad Ed Tips with Popplet

Picture 94For many in the northern hemisphere, it’s Back To School week! September marks the start of a new school year in North America, the UK and throughout Europe. And this school year, more than ever, tablets and bring-your-own-devices are becoming the norm, meaning there are many students using iPads in the classroom, and teachers working to make educational technologies useful as an aide to learning and skills development.

Earlier this year, the Center for American Progress found that despite the growing use of tablets in schools, they are not being harnessed to help students achieve learning goals in the most effective ways. Their review found that, for the most part, education technologies are being used to replicate basic drill tests rather than empowering students to develop new skillsets in knowledge management.

For example, we increasingly live in an era of big data and instant access to all the world’s accumulated knowledge. As a result, being a subject matter expert is becoming less a sign of educational achievement than the ability to navigate knowledge systems and to acquire a skillset that makes use of all the information that is on offer. At Popplet, we believe this trajectory will continue and hope that students and teachers can use our visual thinking and ideas mapping app as a way to build core competencies in how to manage information, collaborate with others, comprehend complex concepts, and uncover new connections between seemingly disparate ideas. Continue reading

Popplet in the Classroom and Setting Up a Global Online Community: An Interview with Kinderchat Co-Founder Heidi Echternacht

It still surprises us that Popplet has as much of an eager following amongst kindergarten students as it does amongst creative professionals and business users! It really shouldn’t be such a shock to us:

  • The ease with which you can start thinking visually with Popplet
  • The ability to add your own text and images as you go
  • The way you can incorporate links and content from around the web, and
  • The collaborative features that make it so easy to work with others and share your ideas…

So, on reflection, the uptake of Popplet amongst kinder teachers and their classes makes sense. Last school year, the use of Popplet in kindergarten classes jumped dramatically, as those involved with the kinderchat peer network began to share lesson plans and classroom activity guides on using Popplet.

Kinderchat is a global network, with 17 international moderators who work together in teams to select topics and guide weekly discussions. It is already one of the most popular edu chats on Twitter (try searching for the hashtag #kinderchat), and is listed as 5th most ”liked” online community overall according to the US Dept of Education Connected Educators Directory.

heidi echternachtWe spoke with Heidi Echternacht, Co-Founder of Kinderchat about how the online community has grown and how Popplet is being used in kinder classrooms around the world. (For those not involved in education or are involved at other age range or education modalities, we hope the story of Kinderchat provides some great insights into how to grow any online community.) Continue reading