Top of the Popplets! – October 2015

Welcome to the new and improved Popplet of the Month – now auspiciously renamed: Top of the Popplets!  At your bequest, we have made a few changes, and now in addition to popplets from our Public Popplets’ section, you can also view the best popplets from absolutely anywhere – welcome, to Popplet without borders.

As usual, fearless in our efforts, we have scoured the four corners of the earth in the quest to bring you the very best Popplet has to offer. Enjoy!

Consumer Profile for Varshak Varma

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A Spooky Popplet Halloween

Halloween is rich in tradition and steeped in superstition; a genuinely sacred night for some, and a traditional night of warm family fun for many others. This is the one night a year when Scary Ghosts, Wicked Witches, Evil Spirits and all manner of Creepy Crawlies roam the Earth with impunity  – so watch out, stay home, be safe! Should anyone (or anything!) knock on your door, be nice! Because we all know what happens to people who aren’t nice on Halloween, don’t we?

Dressing up, trick or treating, going to parties and having fun are just some of the things us mere mortals do to entertain themselves when evil is loose.  For a great many others,  Halloween also means making stuff: costumes, masks, lanterns and decoration, and yes, Popplets! We took a look at how Popplet people were busying themselves by getting into the spirit of Halloween, but be warned, what we found is not for the faint hearted. Continue reading

Learning to Read: Popplet in the Reading Classroom

Learning to read is not something that everyone fully remembers. For those who do recall, memories range from the forgettably nondescript, to the gloriously inspirational to the harrowingly painful. However memorable our early reading days are, one thing is certain: those early lessons in deciphering meaning from symbols are the beginning of one of life’s most impactful experiences, and for many represent the beginning of a lifelong activity, the nature of which exerts a strong influence on their future.

“Literacy is a fundamental human right and the foundation for lifelong learning. It is fully essential to social and human development in its ability to transform lives. For individuals, families, and societies alike, it is an instrument of empowerment to improve one’s health, one’s income, and one’s relationship with the world.”  UNESCO

Unlike some other essential skills such as speaking, walking and eating, there is no evidence that human beings possess any innate reading ability whatsoever, which means we have to start from scratch, firmly placing the littlest of feet at the base of the steepest of learning curves. How to begin such a formidable task? Well, according to the experts, the process begins before children ever set foot in the classroom. Continue reading

Eight Examples of Popplet in the Biology Classroom

There is definitely something cellular in nature about the humble popple – the irreducible building block of all the Popplets ever created. Cellular not only in shape, a single popple also mirrors its organic counterpart in that it contains the vital information necessary – text, images, video –  for the formation of things far greater than the sum of their parts – Popplets!

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Public Popplet of the Month: September 2015

September brings our second instalment of our popular new series Public Popplet of the Month. Every week, we raid the valuable resource that is Public Popplets, selecting the most exciting examples of your Popplet work – which can also be viewed on Twitter.  At the end of every month, we draw your best work together in one easy to read article, so Popplet users everywhere (ourselves included!) can be interested, impressed, and inspired by what fellow Popplet users all over the world are creating. 

Public Popplets is home to a vast and incredibly useful library of Popplet work. Popplets on every subject imaginable, in multiple languages and of all degrees of simplicity can be found there. As a source of inspiration, admiration and ideas for those about to popplet, it cannot be equalled. But it is so much more: check out our previous article on the many uses of Public Popplets to see just how cool Public Popplets really are.

So, without further ado, in order of publication date, September’s best Public Popplets:

Borrowing Money

Borrowing Money

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People Who Love Music Love Popplet

From time immemorial the People Of The World have been been Lost In Music. Be it the primal powerful drumming of our ancestors or the sophisticated orchestral opus, music has the power to cross every cultural, linguistic and geographical divide.  

Considering the immeasurable impact music has on our lives, a closer inspection of Popplet’s special relationship with music lovers everywhere was long overdue. So we went On The Road Again, travelled Up The Country and tried to Break on Through… and we had a great time doing it!…but what did we learn? Well, what we discovered is that Everyday People who love music, love using Popplet. Here are some of your Greatest Hits. Continue reading

Two Minute Tutorial: Collaborating with Popplet Comments

Popplet Comments lets you add extra information in text form to individual popples, storing this information discretely behind the main popplet board and adding a whole new dimension to your collaborative work.

Like all things Popplet, this feature is simple and powerful. It is also remarkably versatile and can be advantageously employed in many different situations. Discover how to make your Popplets better and more accessible to others by simply adding comments. Take a look at some of the things Popplet users are doing:

  • Hold onto thoughts or ideas that you aren’t quite ready to let go of – could be a whole other Popplet!
  • Prevent Popplets from becoming cluttered by storing stuff as comments.
  • Take notes: in class, during meetings, anywhere…connect notes to visuals.
  • Create creative text, while using photos or images as visual cues for inspiration.
  • Add research notes to your Popplet work, which can then be shared.
  • Show your working, shed some more light on your process.
  • Work  together,collaborate on projects/homework.
  • Real time communication in group/classroom work.

How to Add Comments

To activate comments all you have to do is select a popple to highlight it, then click on the black comment bubble that sits just above the top right hand corner:


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Public Popplet of the Month

Yes, it’s time…Public Popplet of the Month time! If you have been paying attention to your Twitter feeds lately, you will have noticed that for the last four weeks we have been painstakingly selecting and sharing a weekly example of what we consider to be the finest Popplets published that week. Popplets created by you and generously shared with all of Poppledom; really, our praise knows no bounds. Thank you!

Public Popplets is home to a vast and incredibly useful library of Popplet work. Popplets on every subject imaginable, in multiple languages and of all degrees of simplicity can be found there. As a source of inspiration, admiration and ideas for those about to popplet, it cannot be equalled. But it is so much more: check out our previous article on the many uses of Public Popplets to see just how cool Public Popplets really are.

So, without further ado, in order of publication date, this month’s best Public Popplets:

La Mariposa (The Butterfly)

La Mariposa

Simple, elegant and informative. Clear and colorful visuals, good layout and minimal text make the lifecycle of the butterfly an almost tangible experience. Sublime work. Thank you Silvia.

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Popplet Video: Fabulous New and Improved Features

One of Popplet’s most popular features is that video from Youtube and Vimeo can be directly and instantly added to any Popplet you are working on. Recently, we’ve made some improvements to this feature. We have added more search options and provided a new friendlier, cleaner interface. If you have been adding videos to your Popplet work recently, the process  is now so simple and so seamless, that you could be forgiven for not noticing these improvements at all! 

Just imagine the perfect video for your popplet, and a few moments later, there it is,  a part of your work forever. Of course, if you change your mind, you can change the video! With Vimeo and Youtube, you will always have a broad and rich selection available to bring life to your popplets. So how’s it done?

There are now three ways to add videos. Take a look at this Planet Popplet:

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We’re All Going on a Popplet Holiday: Panning a Trip with Popplet

Summer is well and truly here, and the fortunate among us may be putting the finishing touches to their holiday plans. Or, could be there are those who may be sporting a more “devil may care” attitude this season, surrendering to mood or fancy, in the moment as it were: to travel or not to travel, might be the question.

Whatever your outlook or stage of vacation readiness, we here at Popplet feel sure that we can add pleasure – and dare we say some peace of mind – to any travel adventure that you are considering, be it a short city break or an Amazonian adventure.  Before and after packing, and by your side throughout your travels, Popplet is the perfect holiday buddy. Here’s what you can do together:

  • Brainstorming holiday ideas
  • Itinerary
  • Holiday blog
  • Presentation of the holiday photos

Brainstorming Holiday Ideas: Where to go?

“Where shall we go?”, “Any ideas?”, “Lots!”, is the standard answer, and a good answer it is too, especially if you have Popplet around to help you organise your thoughts and make a decision on a destination. Lone travellers, couples, families or groups of friends, Popplet has something for everyone. Take a look at this example of a Mediterranean Holiday Ideas Popplet:

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