10 Good Reasons To Put Popplet In Your Digital Backpack

Popplet is a mind-mapping application and graphic organizer that helps students think and learn visually. With Popplet learners can capture facts, thoughts, ideas in different ways and immediately connect and visualize the relationships between them.

Popular with teachers and students, Popplet frequently makes an appearance in the ten favorite classroom apps lists that educators share on social media with their colleagues and fellows. Why does Popplet make it into the top ten EdTech apps so often?

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10 Great Popplet Ideas For The Classroom

Fall may fast be approaching in more northern parts, but in the Popplet world, Spring has definitely arrived. In classrooms all over the globe, with blatant disregard for month and season, Popplet users old and new continue to impress with their unbounded creativity.

Fortunately, the Popplet community are a generous bunch, and we have harvested the fruits of their labors and gathered them all together for a feast!

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Popplet People: Craig Badura

“Husband, Dad, Son, Brother, Teacher, Coach, Learner, Catalyst, Collaborator, Creator, Contributor, EdTecher, DIYer, Tinkerer, Golfer, Exerciser, Gardener”…. and if that weren’t enough, there’s a whole lot more to dynamic educator and Popplet aficionado Craig Badura.

We started to get to know Craig from his quality Twitter posts. However, when he commented one day that there was nothing that you couldn’t do with Popplet, we knew we had to speak to this man! Here’s what he had to say.

Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?

I am the K-12 Integration Specialist for Aurora Public Schools in Aurora, Nebraska. Prior to my current position, I taught Social Studies for eleven years. In addition to my duties as our Integration Specialist, I coach boys golf.

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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 to put in their classrooms, homes and digital backpacks. 

Deciding on which 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 itself as the go-to app for any subject:

  • 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

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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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Do You Speak Popplet?

With the exception of Chinese (Mandarin), English is the world’s most understood language. Unlike Chinese, approximately two-thirds of those who communicate regularly in English, are using it as a second language.  The idea for Popplet was conceived somewhere around the New York area, so English seemed like the natural choice for the app and for our blog. However, the global reach of Popplet and the incredibly diverse nature of our user base has surpassed all expectations. What does it all mean?

Popplet’s popularity and recognition initially began in the school system of the USA, however, Popplet almost immediately earned a global reputation as a quality mind-mapping tool with many uses. Popplets created in a multitude of languages began appearing on Twitter, Facebook, and on websites and blog posts from all over the world. Chatter was truly multilingual! Popplet quickly gained traction in areas other than education: business, design, genealogy, medicine and many more. To meet this multicultural explosion, we brought on a multilingual support team and quickly added a language feature to facilitate the addition of languages with non-Latin based script such as Japanese, Korean, and Hebrew to popplets.

Thousands of popplets are shared openly every week: in Public Popplets, Twitter, Facebook Pinterest, and on personal and community blogs. Our support teams and technical staff also receive thousands of emails and messages: many of these Popplets and messages are in languages we know and understand, more than occasionally though, we are still surprised.

To give you some idea of worldly-wise our humble app has become, we thought we’d share a few international Popplet creations.

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Working With Words

The last few weeks have seen a flurry of Popplet creativity as the beginning of the academic year in North and Central America, Europe, and a lot of other places gets into full swing. New teachers, maybe some new classmates, definitely a lot of new things to learn. For a large number of learners, Popplet is one of those new things! 

Popplets on every subject from every place are appearing thick and fast on our Twitter feed and Facebook Page. We are seeing great work from experienced Popplet users and great work from Popplet newbies, both students, and teachers. Educators working with words in their classrooms are creating some pretty impressive Popplet activities at the moment so we thought we would feature the best of them. You can create a popplet about anything, but here we have:

  • Adjectives of Character
  • Prefixes
  • Word Webs
  • Phonics
  • Spelling
  • Word Families
  • Grammar

If you are looking for ways to use Popplet in your classroom, then take a moment and see what is possible.

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Public Popplets: Creative, Inspiring, Useful

Public Popplets is a deep, rich well of Popplet creativity.  It’s where the Popplet community share their hard work with others with around one-hundred and twenty new popplets being added every day. Some are humble seeds – the beginnings of a project or an idea, whereas others are already impressive visual examples of everything that can be achieved with this intuitive but powerful mind mapping tool.


There are numerous reasons why one should go exploring in the dense creativity that is Public Popplets:

  • Inspiration! Searching for ideas and don’t know where to begin? – search in Public Popplets, you will find what you are looking for!
  • You know what you want to do, but it’s always helpful to take a look at how others are doing it – you’ll find many examples of almost everything in Public Popplets.
  • Looking for a Popplet on a particular subject for a project, homework assignment, web post…everything in Public Popplets is open, and can be republished.*
  • Some Popplets are very popular and attract a great deal of attention – celebrity popplets if you like – and as such can drive traffic to your website or blog page. If you are the creator of such a Popplet, then all the better.
  • Most of the Popplets are in Spanish and English, but a more thorough search will reveal work in multiple languages – Public Popplets really is a truly international affair, a cultural meeting of minds.

How can you access Public Popplets? – by signing up for a free Popplet account on the Popplet homepage. Not only will you be able to browse Public Popplets, you’ll also receive ten Popplet Boards for when you want to create your own Popplet work – this time will definitely come! Of course, you don’t need to share your popplets with the world, Popplet’s multi-level privacy settings allow popplet authors to decide who sees their work. In saying that, we hope you do share publicly because as you are about to see, you will be in grand company.

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Outer Space 2: Popplet, The Planets, The Solar System, and Beyond

Welcome to the second part of Popplet’s brave mission to boldly go where no app has gone before:  to discover as much about Space, the Universe, and Everything as we can. Join us, and learn from those enlightened beings already engaging Popplet in space research; illuminating the answers to the eternal questions of the eons, opening the minds of the curious to the infinite possibilities of what lies beyond their own world.

What do we know? Not a lot in the grand scheme of things, despite that grand opening! In saying that, what humans have discovered so far about outer space is truly fascinating, utterly compelling and we just have to know more. That is why educators are including Astronomy in their curriculums – the truth really is out there! So let’s go look for it.

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