You don’t have to be a genealogist to make a family tree. In fact, teachers are using in-class family tree activities to provide children with a sense of identity, to provoke thought, to share a sense of our histories, and encourage stronger family and community relationships.
We took a look at how Popplet is being put to work by budding genealogists in classrooms everywhere, and as always, we learned something too!
We all know what a Family Tree is, right? But what about Genealogy? Sounds like homework right? Well, in a way, it is! A family tree is a visual representation of our ancestors: parents, great grandparents and so on, which can also contain useful information such as where a person lived and how they died.
Genealogy on the other hand, could be said to be all the work that goes into creating family trees – a lot of work in most cases, and like most trees, the roots are infinitely more vast than the tree itself, and are often twisted and buried deep below ground and hard to find. Unearthing and unravelling these roots is the work of the genealogist.
How do businesses make the most of using Popplet? In the second part of our Popplet People Profile, we talk with Nicholas McGill from business consultancy Heroik Media about how his team uses Popplet to collaborate, innovate, and inspire.
Nicholas told us that one of the benefits of using Popplet with business clients is that it is easy-to-use and immediately allows business clients to start working on the real organizational challenges in a welcoming and intuitive interface.
More complex business tools can slow down initial discussions as participants first need to understand how to use the software before they can start collaborating to build a new organizational mission. Nicholas told us that by using Popplet, he is able to start recording group discussions and mapping ideas immediately. The colorful straight-forward design creates immediate buy-in and the simplicity of the tools mean that teams can start using tech to collaborate straight away, and can graduate on to more sophisticated business tools in future.
While Popplet has maintained a minimal aesthetic as part of our focus on effective, easy-to-use design, there are also a lot of features that can be leveraged by savvy power users.
In the second part of our interview, Nicholas shares some of the techniques that he uses with Popplet in his business.
Follow our revision tips to make studying fun, productive, and memorable.
As the end of the school year approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s time to start making use of Popplet’s visual thinking and mind mapping capabilities to help with your revision!
Three Types of Revision Templates with Popplet
We recommend organizing your revision popplets at three levels:
Meta: This is a subject or course-wide level of revision. You could look back over your subject notes from the start of the school year to review the key learning objectives for the course or subject and document these in a popplet.
Perhaps you already did this at the start of the year? Now is a good time to pull out this work to remind you of everything you have learnt.
You can see several examples of meta-revision Popplets here. This Epidemiology Course popplet has been organized as a timeline to show the learning progression across the 16 week course:
One of our most recent swag of new features offers you another way to present your popplet creations to the world. Now you can show multiple popples in the one slide. Read our two minute tutorial to see how it works.
Creating tools that enable you to collaborate on ideas is one of our main priorities at Popplet HQ. We are proud to see that Popplet is used in business, education, community and creative circles as a brainstorming tool, for example. And it is wonderful to see how teams use Popplet to map out their workflow or contribute new ideas around a central concept. Popplet has also long been used as a presentation tool. Continue reading →
You can now save your Popplet creations in high resolution format! The online Popplet canvas is practically infinite, and more of our community are taking advantage of the size of the canvas to collect visual and text information all in the one place.
Whether it be creating a sitemap for a web design project, sharing revision notes on literature studies for an English lesson, or designing a project to address global food security, more of our users are making the most of the size of the Popplet canvas to think visually and see at once a large web of detailed information.
While we have had functions to allow you to save your Popplet creations in PDF and JPEG format since we started, these lost some clarity if you were trying to save large Popplets in a readable, printable format.
…Here’s how to save your Popplets using our new high resolution format. Continue reading →
If you have created your popplets on your iPad (or iPhone or iPod), here’s how you can access your work from your online web-based account.
This tutorial also works if you have multiple iPad and iPhone devices. You can create popplets on any of your iThingys and then follow this tutorial to move them between your devices. Continue reading →
Sharing content shares the love! But there are some pitfalls. This is how Popplet manages inappropriate content in our public boards…
Part of the amazing growth of Popplet that we didn’t quite predict is how well our visual thinking app can be used by learners of any age. Popplet has been designed with a minimal aesthetic in order to help you to keep the focus on your ideas and information. While other mind map and content collation apps offer you more bells and whistles, our minimal interface gives you a toolset that can get you started straight away. We let you focus on connecting ideas and organizing concepts rather than wasting several hours picking a font or choosing which type of end arrowhead to use (yes, we know what that’s like too!).
This design approach has meant that Popplet is accessible to anyone in any language, which has lead to a globalization of Popplet. The second impact our design style has had is the one we didn’t expect in such large numbers: that Popplet would be loved and used by learners, hobbyists and professionals of all ages. Alongside our many creative professionals and businesses using Popplet, we have also grown a large primary (elementary) school contingent of Popplet users. We are proud that Popplet has become a central resource, for example, amongst kinderchat classrooms around the globe.
With the launch of our new Public Popplets, it is exciting to see more examples of how Popplet is being used by all ages, but with this comes the responsibility to make sure that the content that is shared is age-appropriate to potential readers.
Popplet users (Poppleteers?) have been quick to start using our new public popplets feature. As we detailed in our tutorial previously, this feature lets you share your Popplet creations with the world.
Now you can control three levels of access to your popplets:
Private – this level of access is for your eyes only. All popplets start as private creations
Shared with collaborators – you can make a popplet public, which means anyone with the URL can see the popplet, and you can give permission to your friends and colleagues to edit or add to the popplet as collaborators
Public – this will add your Popplet to our public popplets board and let anyone see your Popplet (they cannot edit it however). Your public popplets can be ranked by popularity so you can see how often others are checking out your creations!
So now that you can add your Popplets to a public library, how can you make use of this? Here are 5 initial ways you can use the new Public Popplets feature: Continue reading →