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

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 Popplet 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:

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 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 about 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 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. Or create your own! 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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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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10 Ways To Use Popplet In The Math Class

We have had a number of requests recently from the Popplet community for more math work. It was even suggested that our most current blog posts displayed a literary/language bias. We did the math, and the results spoke for themselves – time to balance this content equation we think.

So, using a string of examples, we will now set out to prove that Popplet is a popular and effective tool in the math class. We will even show our working!

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Popplet Halloween Ideas

Halloween can be about so much more than Trick or Treating. This traditional annual celebration of all things spooky is an opportunity for children to learn. The importance of traditions, history, the differences between fact and fiction and storytelling. They can also study how people from other cultures celebrate their Halloween.

At Popplet we love Halloween. At times like this, we get a good look at how incredibly creative our most avid users are. Check out some of their ideas.

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Top of the Popplets! – September 2016

September has seen more than its fair share of inspiring ideas and we endeavor to bring the best of them to you here. In Top of the Popplets, our monthly roundup of the popplets shared by the Popplet community. This month the cycle of life is explored in How an Apple Tree Grows, there’s a Soccer Lineup, we learn all about Johnny Appleseed, and young grammar fans will love learning more about Proper Nouns.

How an Apple Tree Grows

Photographs of student drawings (easily uploaded to Popplet) and text come together naturally to form a simple, informative visual in this lifecycle popplet. This popplet looks like it would be a lot of fun to make. Lifecycles and processes look good on a Popplet board, and you can make a popplet about almost anything. Thanks to Mrs. Bunch’s class for sharing this fine example on Instagram:

We used the app @poppletny to show how an apple tree grows!

A photo posted by Mrs. Bunch (@mrsbunchsclass) on

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