Popplet: A Seasoned, Trusted, All-Rounder App For The New School Year

Summer vacation in some places is coming to an end, and educators, parents, and students are looking forward to a fresh academic year: new classes, new friends, new subjects. They will also be researching which apps and technology can best serve them.

Deciding on what new digital technologies to use or purchase can be daunting because of the vast number of educational apps on the market. However, if you’re looking for a seasoned, tried-and-tested, all-rounder app for all subjects, then keep it simple. Popplet is one of the most versatile and useful tools available to educators and learners and it continues proving its value across the full range of subjects time and time again:

  • Literacy – reading and writing skills
  • Numeracy – simple and complex activities
  • Science – Chemistry, Physics, Biology…
  • The Environment – pollution, environmental change
  • Technology, Computing, Robotics and Automation
  • History – timelines, historical events and profiles

Literacy
Popplet is powerful in the hands of kindergarteners and early-learners. Their young minds are just beginning to open to the language puzzle as they start making those vital connections between what they see, hear, and say. Activities like Word Families from Kirsten Wideen are a good example of what they can do with Popplet:

Popplet is also good for helping more advanced readers develop critical skills and gain a deeper understanding of texts and characters, as in Erin Flanagan’s excellent Reading Strategies article:

Popplet is equally useful when it comes to writing, allowing authors to plan their work, and even use visual prompts for inspiration. Take a look at Tech Know Parent, Jo Blanin’s Storybuilding activity:

For more examples of how Popplets is helping learners in the literacy class check out some of the other articles on Poppletrocks:

Learning to Read: Popplet in the Reading Classroom
Everyone’s A Writer Now: Popplet in the Writing Class

Numeracy
When it comes to Math class, Popplet is an excellent addition to activities involving very young learners as in the much-used Ways to Make 10 activity, like this example from Kindergarten Teacher, Kara Bunch:

And Popplet can also be used to teach and learn more complex mathematical topics such as Polynomials (above) and Geometry:

For more Popplet math examples see 10 Ways To Use Popplet In The Math Class.

Science
The precise number of applications that Popplet has in the field of science has yet to be determined, but we believe the number might just be infinite. Popplets have been observed in Physics, Biology, Chemistry and many other areas of scientific investigation. Pore over if you will, this magnificent Chemical Bonding popplet from Fatima Guandique:

Sample more astonishingly good Science popplets in Popplet: The APPliance of Science

The Environment
People of the planet Earth have grown in awareness over the last few decades in realizing that the place where we live, work, and play is an important place. So, the teaching and study of Environmental topics has grown in scope. Take these fine Plastic Pollution Facts popplets for example:

For further insight into Popplet and the environment see Popplets About Environmental Issues

Technology, Computing, Automation and Robotics
The world is changing fast and educators often find themselves at the technological rock face, teaching and working with cutting-edge technologies every day. Digital competency is already a necessity and the future is no longer quite as certain as it might once have been. But in this brave new world we’re constructing it’s Safety First!:

Want to see more like this? See Popplets About Technology, Computing, Automation and Robotics

History
Popplet has a great many uses for teachers and learners of History. It’s perfect for making timelines and mapping historical events:

Or for creating profiles of influential historical figures:

For more ideas to use in the History classroom check out 11 Ideas For Using Popplet In The History Classroom.

If your particular area of interest hasn’t been featured in this post, don’t worry. Try searching the blog using the search box in the top right-hand corner of the page.

In the highly unlikely event that you don’t find what you are looking for in Poppletrocks, take a look in Public Popplets – if haven’t done so already, you will have to sign up for a free Popplet account to do this, but it’s free and well worth it. Not only do you get access to Public Popplets, Popplet’s amazing open resource, where hundreds of Popplet users generously share their work daily, you will also get ten Popplet boards for free.

If by some miracle you still can’t find a popplet about a particular subject, try following and sharing with the Popplet community on Twitter or on Facebook. We look forward to hearing from you.

Popplets About Environmental Issues

The Cosmos is vast, maybe more vast than the humble human mind can possibly imagine. Yet, as the celebrated scientist, Carl Sagan poignantly pointed out in his epic speech: this speck of cosmic dust, the pale blue dot that humankind call home is all that we have. So, we really ought to take good care of it.

“The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.” – Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot

Knowledge of our home planet and its place in the Universe is the fundamental basis of all scientific study. Topics and discussions centered on The Earth’s history and its progress are common in education. Now the big question is how our planet will cope with the impact of what we are doing to it. Climate change, pollution, species extinction, overpopulation… all are part of a long and worrying list of how human behavior is already destroying our one and only home.

The good news is that we know about it, and informed educators, leaders, and individuals have been raising awareness of these critical issues for decades. Change is happening: cities are restricting the use of cars, recycling has already become obligatory in some places, and more and more people are now choosing cleaner, sustainable, planet-friendly solutions for a great many everyday things from the food we eat to the clothes we wear.

Education is key to changing attitudes and behaviors. Here are some inspiring popplets on the subject.

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Football, The World Cup, and Sporting Popplets

The international sport of football – often referred to as soccer in the United States so as to avoid confusion with the type of football where a non-spherical ball is used (among other differences) – has come a long, long way since the first international match was played in the Scottish city of Glasgow in 1872. Scotland took on England and although the result was a disappointing goalless draw,  the sport of football, often referred to as “The Beautiful Game”, was already well on the way to becoming the most popular the world has ever known.

Football’s grandest tournament, The FIFA World Cup, is the greatest sporting event on Earth, and it is held in different venues every four years and has been since 1930 when it was held and won by the host nation Uruguay. This year is a World Cup year, and the 2018 World Cup is being played out in Russia at the time of writing. Only 32 teams take part in the final tournament and with the exception of the host nation, they have all had to qualify from a starting pool of 211 nations – that’s why it’s held every four years! Things are just getting interesting, and we have a few Popplet ideas based on this competition that can be used by sports fans everywhere, whatever their passion.

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Tutorial: 2. Adding Text To Popplet – Bright Ideas

School’s almost out for the summer – in at least one half of the world anyway, and for those lucky enough to be nearing summer vacation, our thoughts might be on things other than study. Does that mean we stop learning? – of course we don’t, there’s always more to learn.

Welcome to the second part of Adding Text To Popplet,  the most recent addition to our inspirational collection of Popplet tutorials, help, and ideas.

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Tutorial: 1. Adding Text To Popplet – The Basics

We are constantly impressed, astonished and even amazed at the incredibly innovative, creative and highly practical uses people find for Popplet. Organizing ideas, creating presentations, studying for exams, creating business plans….the list might just be endless. For education and classroom learning, for creative projects, and for business, Popplet is the go-to app for brainstorming, organizing, outlining concepts and thinking visually.

Text is a visual element, and there are very few popplets that don’t contain words of some sort. In fact, no small number of popplets contain anything other than text, relying on Popplet’s “blank canvas” and formatting features to share and express ideas. Words are often a vital feature of Popplet work, so let’s see what we can be done with them by first learning how to add them.

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Tutorial: 2. Adding Drawings To Popplet – Getting Creative

Popplet is a tool for the iPad and web to capture and organize ideas. It is easy to use and entirely intuitive, especially for younger users – put Popplet into the hands of a classful of Kindergarteners and they’ll be fluent in the basics in no time at all!

Popplet’s uses are many and widespread, however. Popplet’s public forums are brimming with work from all age groups, areas (education, business, writing…), and every subject imaginable. One reason for this is the many ways Popplet lets users capture their ideas: text, image, video, URLs and even drawings.

This is the second of a two-part tutorial on how to add drawings to Popplet work. The first tutorial focussed on the basics. In this second part, we’ll see what can be created with the drawing tool, and give examples of its main uses. There will also be some handy tips.

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Tutorial: 1. Adding Drawings To Popplet – The Basics

Coming hot on the heels of our previous two tutorials: All About Popples and Adding Images To Popplet, we’re now ready to begin to tell you everything you need to know about how to add drawings to popplets. Of course, you can add images and text to a Popplet board very easily, but sometimes, like any artist, you just have to get in there and draw, especially if it’s a popplet about your Mom!

It’s not only Moms that Popplet People want to draw. Educators especially, (like Mrs. Oxley-Simpson, whose 1st-graders created those wonderful Mom popplets ) have discovered multiple ways to use Popplet’s drawing feature, making it work for students and teachers in a wide variety of subjects: math, phonics, biology… Check out Pop Art: 9 Ways To Use The Popplet Drawing Tool to see some more excellent examples like the one above.

You could of course just dive in, that’s what most Popplet drawers do, but if you’d like to know a bit more about how it works, and get a few time-saving tips then read on.

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Tutorial: Adding Images To Popplet

Here we have the latest installment in our new set of Popplet tutorials. If you have been paying attention, you will already know that the basic building blocks of any Popplet are called popples, and that they can be managed in multiple ways to store and display information. If you missed our previous tutorial, don’t worry, you can easily catch up by following the link at the end of this post. Now we’re going to focus the different types of information that can be added to Popplet and how to add it.

As you can see from above, Popplet is a very versatile tool that allows information to be added in a lot of different ways. Fortunately, Popplet is also incredibly intuitive – most five-year-olds get to know their way around a popplet board in the first thirty minutes or so. Alas, not all Popplet users are quite that young, so we decided to create a set of tutorials. In this one, we’re going to take a look at how to add images to popplet.

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Tutorial: Getting Started – All About Popples

Welcome to a brand new set of Popplet Tutorials. We have listened to your requests and over the next few weeks, we are going to do our very best to make the Popplet experience more accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Let’s begin at the beginning, with every Popplet’s essential element: the popple.

Popples
The basic building blocks of popplets are called popples. They are to Popplet what the humble cell or the mighty atom are to the physical world: with no popples, there can be no popplets. Fortunately, popples are much easier to understand than cells and atoms, and are regularly produced by the under-fives. Creating and working popples is simple:

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Inspired Popplet Ideas: Recipe Popplets – Quesada Pasiega

Every now and then when we are searching for inspiration for the blog, we go foraging through Public Popplets: the completely free and entirely accessible collection of Popplet creativity, graciously shared by the global Popplet community. With hundreds of popplets shared daily, we never leave empty-handed.

It is possible, that at the time of our most recent visit to Public Popplets, it was close to lunchtime. Whatever the reason, the work that really caught our collective eye – and maybe our collective stomach – was the delectable “Quesada”, a recipe popplet, courtesy of Gabi, which we came across in Public Popplet’s most popular section.

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