Tutorial: Popplet on The iPad and iPhone – Tabs

We have been receiving a lot of questions about using Popplet on iOS devices recently – not at all surprising since most of us access Popplet on the iPad. So, we thought we’d publish a series of short tutorials to clarify a few things.

One question that has come up recently is:  What’s the difference between all the tabs I can see when I open Popplet on my iPad, iPhone, or iPod? Let’s take a look, shall we?

Popplet on iOS Devices

Popplet is available on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. There are two versions of the Poppet app for iOS devices:

  • Popplet Lite – the free version of the app.
  • Popplet – the full version of the app which comes with multiple features and syncs across all your devices, including your Popplet internet account. This tutorial focusses on this version of the app.

When you open Popplet on the iPad, it looks something like this:

Note the three tabs in the top left-hand corner:

  • iPad (if you’re using an iPhone or iPod this will be “iPhone” or “iPod”)
  • online
  • public

The “iPad/iPhone/iPod” Tab

Popplet work you do in this tab can only be accessed from the iOS device on which the popplets are created. This is your ideas tab, the nursery if you like, a place to keep notes and lists, or make popplets that you know will be temporary. These Popplets will not sync across your devices. If you want to ensure a Popplet is available in your internet account when you access Popplet on the web for example – you guessed it – you need to use the online tab.

The “online” Tab

On opening the online tab for the first time, you might be asked to log in – simply enter the same username and password you use for your Popplet online account. It isn’t necessary to create an online account to use Popplet on your iOS device. You can sign up on the device. However, an online account will be created for you when you sign up to use the app for the first time. Let’s take a look at the online tab:

  • All of the popplets created and saved within this tab will sync across your devices and be available in your online account. Popplets created in Google Chrome, for example, will appear here. This is especially useful if you need access to all of Popplet’s features for formatting, adding video, and other powerful tools only available on the web version of Popplet.
  • You can tap logout to sign into a different Popplet account – useful for schools or other situations where iPads are shared.
  • You can access your Popplet mailbox allowing you to view popplets sent to you by prospective collaborators, and if you agree to collaborate with them, these popplets will also appear in this tab.
  • Likewise, you can view and add collaborators to a popplet by tapping the icon that looks a bit like like two people, which you’ll find in the top right-hand corner:

The “public” Tab

Tap the “public” tab and you’ll have access to an abundance of Popplet work:

Public Popplets is Popplet’s public sharing forum. A 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. If you’re searching for ideas or inspiration, Public Popplets is where you will find it.

We hope that you learned a little, or even better, a lot from this tutorial. If you have any questions at all, we might already have an answer for you: type your query into the search window above.

Or you could share with the Popplet community on Twitter, or on our Facebook page.

 

 

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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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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Adding Non-Latin Based Text To Popplet

The Popplet community is worldwide, and a quick stroll through Public Popplets, an open forum where the Popplet community shares their work, will reveal impressive Popplet work in a multitude of languages that comes from all over the world.  With Popplet’s global success came a few glitches, one of which was that non-Latin based text sometimes caused problems.  So, we quickly added a feature to fix this.

Like all things Popplet, it isn’t complicated. The languages feature employs styles and fonts that correspond to whichever language is chosen, producing optimal results. Below, the Japanese text on the left was added using the language feature. Compare this to the exact same text on the right added in the (Latin-based text) default mode. There are some character and punctuation differences between the two, and the script added using the Japanese language option looks more elegant.

It is possible to import text in its original font style, however, there are occasional issues when adding some non-Latin based language scripts. If you do experience problems, try the popplet language feature.

Using the Popplet Language Feature

  • First, click on the blue cog menu directly below your popplet’s title, and a menu will appear.
  • Next, choose languages from the very bottom of the menu:
  • A new window will open offering you a choice of language inputs:
  • Choose the language you want to use, or that is closest to your languages text style.

For now, there are only four choices: none (Latin-based text), Japanese, Korean and Hebrew, where “none” is the default mode. If the default mode doesn’t return satisfactory results, and your input language isn’t one of those listed trying any of the others may improve the look of your text.

The language chosen determines the text style for the whole Popplet and it can be changed at any time. It isn’t possible to use different styles within different popples on the same popplet using the language feature, however, this is possible in the default mode. Text size and alignment can always be edited within individual popples.

Are you using this feature to add create Popplets in your language? If you are, we would really like to know what results you have been getting. Share your experience with us on Twitter, and our Facebook Page.

To browse Public Popplets, open a free Popplet account on the Popplet homepage, where you will receive ten complimentary Popplet boards to get you started.

 

Tutorial: Adding URLs to Popplets

Imagine for a moment or two just how perfect Popplet would be if you could add URLs, linking your creations to any information available on the internet. Well, the truth is, connecting Popplet creations to the world is not something that you need to imagine since this feature already exists.

Now, for those of you who have requested that we add this feature, we have heard you and we understand: links cannot be added to text in Popplet, as they can in this article, a document or an email for example, and that’s not going to change. Reason being Popplet likes to keep it simple, and that’s why adding URLs to a popplet is as simple as adding text. However, Popplet knows a URL when it sees it and comes fully equipped with functionality which is designed to facilitate immediate access to a link’s destination. Used creatively, this feature can visually enhance Popplet work and could greatly increase its scope and appeal. Here’s an example of a Popplet with links to some blog posts:

First, we are going to learn how to add a URL to a popple – it’s very much like adding text. After we’ve mastered that – in no time at all! – we’ll show you how to put this knowledge to good use: for example, by adding videos, a feature which is no longer available using the add video widget. You can still add Vimeo content this way, however.

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