Have you ever wanted a book about teaching with the iPad that is light on jargon, gentle on the brain, with tried and tested lesson plans, valuable didactic information, and clear advice all included? Did you even know that such a book existed? Well, it does, and it’s called Innovate With iPad: Lessons to Transform Digital Learning – if only all technology books for teachers were like this one. Innovate with iPad is an immensely practical, but at the same time considered work that is immediately accessible to all Primary School (K-3) teachers, whether they are beginners or experts in the world of iPads and digital classroom technology.
“Innovate with iPad: Lessons to Transform Learning in the Classroom is the book you and every educator with access to iPad needs to make a fast transition to using iPad for learning.”
Don’t skip the Foreword and Introduction because like the main body of the book, they are worth the time. The Foreword is only a few paragraphs and sets the tone nicely. In the Introduction, the creators of Innovate With iPad, experienced primary school teachers Karen Lirenman and Kristen Wideen, share their thoughts and explain the layout of the remainder of the book. So far, so good, that didn’t take long at all, and we really wanted to read more.
Planning is only one of Popplet’s many uses. Creating an interesting, attractive visual record of how we expect events to unfold is quick and easy, so not surprisingly, creating visual organizers is a very popular Popplet pastime. Colors, connections, real-time collaboration, text, images and video all mean you can plan just about anything you can think of on a single popplet board. Popular Popplet plans include:
Writing – a research project, an article, a book
Schedules – daily, weekly…yearly, however far into the future you need to see!
Holidays, trips, brief excursions…
Events – parties, weddings, dinners…
Planning a Summer Gathering With Popplet
One place Popplet really shines is in planning a birthday party or, a summer gathering of friends and family for example…
Summer is well and truly here, and it’s time to put those important finishing touches to those perfect vacation plans. Or, you might just be throwing caution to the wind this holiday season, surrendering to mood or fancy and striking out towards the unknown. Whatever your outlook or stage of vacation readiness, packing Popplet on your trip will add a new dimension to your travel adventure, be it a short city break or a grand Amazonian adventure: Before packing, by your side throughout your journey, and after your return, Popplet makes a trusty holiday buddy. Just look at what you and Popplet can do together:
Brainstorming holiday ideas – choose the place you really want to go.
Itinerary – plan, plan, plan – if that’s your thing.
Holiday blog – show off to all the folks back home.
The holiday photos – create a Popplet Presentation.
Welcome to the June edition of Top of the Popplets! With the traditional summer holidays almost upon us, June has seen a feverish flurry of quality pre-vacation Popplet work: Superheroes, Coral Reefs, Engineering, and New Digital Technologies are just a small sampling of what subjects scored highly in the Popplet popularity stakes this month.
The merry month of May has passed and left in its wake the usual fabulous assortment of Popplet ideas. As well as quite a few big hurrahs for Moms on Mother Appreciation Days everywhere, this month saw Speaking Exam, Digital Competency and Kenning Poem popplets. Where else could you experience such variety?
We Love Or Moms!
A superlative sampling of some of the marvelous mom appreciation popplets created by Mrs. Oxley-Simpson’s first-grade class. Each and every one these budding junior Picassos has harnessed the power of the Popplet drawing tool to create a colorful and radiant portrait of possibly the most important person in their lives. And if these mini-masterpieces weren’t enough to convince us that these kids are serious about their moms, just check out their wonderful comments. Bravo guys!
Like all things Popplet, the Popplet Drawing Tool – we wanted to call it the Popplet Colored Pen, but it isn’t really a pen! – is a simple intuitive feature, which does exactly what it says on the box: it draws inside popples! However, in the hands of the Popplet community, the Popplet drawing tool has evolved into a hugely popular and useful feature, which when wielded effectively can add a whole other dimension to Popplet work: a superior visual learning tool, which is a lot of fun to use.
The drawing tool can be accessed by clicking on the circular features button that contains an image that looks suspiciously like a pen…or is it a pencil?
On selecting the tool, you have three options:
colors – a choice of, click to select one
expand – increases the size of the popple, providing a flexible canvas
clear drawing – for when you need to start again
At this point, we suggest that you jump right in and give it a go if you haven’t done so already. Sketch whatever you like and see how much fun it is. Or, if you’re not quite ready to surrender to your creative self quite yet, or if you’re seeking inspiration, take a look at what can be done.
With batteries charged and everyone well and truly back from the Easter break, it’s time to check out what’s been happening in Popplet world over the last four weeks. The month of March, like every other month, has witnessed generous and unrestrained sharing of quality popplets from the four corners of the globe. So spoiled for choice were we that heated discussions simmered, healthy debates raged: Precisely which amazing popplets – shared by the Popplet community on Twitter, Facebook Public Popplets… – would be selected for this month’s very public viewing? From pirates to polygons, hippopotami to sloths, and a very professional Popplet presentation about cats, we bring you Top of the Popplets! – March 2016.
Part fun, and part historical fact we have Pirates: a very colorful contribution to Public Popplets from Rachel. We say fun, because the identity of the female member of this jolly band of brigands – the “very attractive” Raquel from Veracruz, Mexico – isn’t a real pirate at all, but a fictional character. Raquel’s companions on the other hand are real pirates, and they really were a bit scary in their day. Realistic “likenesses” of the pirates themselves, maps of their origins and a few important details all combine to make this an attractive and interesting visual, which could easily be adapted to other areas of historical interest. Thank you Rachel.
Popplet is just perfect for the curious young hands and minds of Kindergarten students. With its highly intuitive and simple interface, thoughts and ideas are easily transferred, visualised and mapped using colors, images, text and drawings: A humble canvas for the limitless potential of our youngest users, who never fail to amaze us.
One reason Poppet is such a success with the early school years, is that it is a versatile enough tool to be employed effectively across the whole spectrum of Kindergarten subjects, we often see Popplet work from every area of the Kindergarten curriculum:
Another reason for Popplet’s popularity might be that behind every great Kindergartener, there is a great Kindergarten teacher proudly publishing the best of their student’s Popplet work, and we’re very glad that they do, because we are able to share it here.
Welcome to the round up of the best Popplets shared on our Twitter, Facebook and Public Popplet pages in the month of February. If you’re searching for ideas and inspiration, or if you just want to know what Popplet is all about, then this is the place to be.
Luke Skywalker’s Letter
Not so long ago, in a galaxy not so far away (Wales!), a novice in Mr Tilley’s Primary School Classroom had an idea: “find the droid BB8 and save the the universe!”. In his quest to locate this loyal droid, a young classroom Jedi named Luke Skywalker gained intimate knowledge of the key features of the little known and almost long forgotten art of letter writing. Brandishing only The Force and Popplet, and under the instruction of Master Tilley, a beacon of hope for all the inhabitants of the Galaxy was created in the form of a popplet. This symbol will long serve as a fine example to those who wish to learn something of the old ways of communicating. May the force be with you young Luke, the citizens of Planet Popplet send you their gratitude. Continue reading →
Welcome to the first edition of 2016 for our roundup of all the great Popplets shared by our users each month. If you are searching for inspiration, looking for something specific, or just want to see what Popplet is all about then this just might be the place for you. A useful, varied and impressive display of Popplets, and a fit beginning to a whole new year. An inspiring beginning! Well done everyone.
Rees Parent Technology Night
So impressed were we with the Rees Parent Technology Night popplet, that we were especially careful in uncovering its true creator just in case such masterly work be misaligned. The creator is no other than Paul Baez, experienced educator and Principal of Rees Elementary School, Houston. This Poster/Flyer type Popplet really is a beautifully presented, bilingual bonanza of ideas, the sum of which is an enticing invitation to the Rees Parent Technology Night, where parents are being asked to get to know the technology their children are learning with. Essential information in text popples, QR codes linking to Youtube videos making it interactive (fabulous!) and if that wasn’t enough, there are prizes too! Great work, nicely done. We wish we went to this school. Thanks Paul, we hope the Parent’s Night goes well.
POPPLET TIP: Finished popplets can be saved as pdf, jpeg or png files and they can be sent by email or printed for display or distribution. You can make perfect Popplet flyers or Popplet posters for an event, or to display your Popplet work.Continue reading →