No app is an island, especially in the classroom. Combining apps — in activities like app smashing, or in the natural course of classwork — can increase skills development and better aid subject understanding. Every great app is great because it does one or two things really well, but what makes an app really great is its capacity to integrate (inter-great?!)with other apps. Just like students, we love apps that work and play well with others!
Easygoing, open to sharing and with an engaging interface: Popplet has got what it takes to get the job done, so it’s no surprise that when it comes to interaction, Popplet’s social calendar is full. We took a look at the apps that people love to use with Popplet and then we listed them in no particular order just in case…well, you know what it’s like when you have so many friends!
For much of the Popplet community, embedding images and videos into personal popplets is a great way to map your ideas and keep track of the resources that help you to learn, plan, collaborate and understand.
While this is perfect for private uses of Popplet, from time to time, we come across school policies that require that all images used in classroom popplets access only images that have a clear copyright statement allowing the images to be reused. Occasionally, we also get asked by business users about how to best source images that can be published in a popplet aimed at their commercial audience.
If your school or workplace has a strict policy on the reuse of images – even in Popplets! – this blog post outlines some key considerations and sources for copyright free images and video materials.
So, you’ve had a few ideas and your screen is starting to look a little bit cluttered. Like your thoughts, it’s time to get your popples in order. Maybe you are seeking fresh perspective, just cleaning house or perhaps you feel that your creation is approaching completion: whatever the reason, Popplet’s Organize Menu contains the tools to bring unruly popples into line.
Popplet’s Organize Menu is found by clicking on the cog menu, then organize as shown below. A list containing all the organizing tools appears:
Writing is more popular than ever! Sure, the infamous selfie and the spontaneous snap of a restaurant meal might be getting all the notice, but sharing our prose and poetry is more commonplace than ever before. The Facebook comment, the 140-character tweet, the Tumblr or WordPress blog, and many other platforms offer almost everyone who can write a potential audience numbering in the billions. Never before has so much been written by so many for so many.
In technology-assisted classrooms — and in the wider connected world — opportunities to write, to communicate, to develop, and to grow are now widespread. We took a look at how Popplet is being to put to good use by teachers of writing and how young scribes are shaping up in the digital world. Continue reading →
In our article published last month Mind Mapping to Minds Meeting: Popplet in Autism Education, we talked about how new technologies were fast becoming powerful and invaluable tools in autism education. Young learners on the autism spectrum experience fewer difficulties when presented with new technology and have different needs to conventional learners. So certain technologies such as the iPad and apps like Popplet play to the strengths of autistic learners.
These technologies are not without their drawbacks: mainly the repetitive and inappropriate use of games and some social media apps. But that’s a problem not only found in the classroom! This is why people with autism, parents of individuals on the autism spectrum and educators involved in autism education use reliable “evidence-informed” information when choosing which technologies to use.
One organization that provides information for parents and educators is Autism Spectrum Australia (“Aspect”) – “Australia’s leading service provider for autism and other disabilities”. Two of their community leaders recently published a detailed guide demonstrating how the game “Minecraft is being used to address the special interests of those in the autism classroom”.
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 have rebuilt our iPad app from the ground up to create the best visual thinking experience possible! The new version of our iPad/iPhone/iPod app is now available in the iTunes app store and makes the most of all the capabilities of the latest iOS operating system.
Over the past month, Popplet has released a set of new features for our web-based Popplet community.
Now you have greater flexibility with how you present your popplet creations, can add new videos, and save presentations in high definition. We have more features to roll out soon, but here’s a quick summary of some of our new features that you may not have noticed… Continue reading →
Share your Popplet projects and talk with other Popplet people on our re-vamped Facebook page. It pops!
As regular blog readers know, our focus this year has been on strengthening our data storage capacities and building a system that allows users to access unlimited popplets.
Since these two key goals are now in place, we are able to give some much-needed support and love to our neglected Facebook page. While we have several avenues for you to contact us if you have a problem with using Popplet (you can tweet us, send an email to email@example.com, or post a message on our Get Satisfaction community board), few Popplet users have been using our Facebook page to connect with each other.
Several users tweet about how they use Popplet and to share their own videos, blog posts or finished popplets with others over the web. Occasionally (but very rarely), we get a comment to one of these blog posts. And some users have starting pinning their Popplets onto a Pinterest board to share with others.
But now we have re-booted our Facebook page as a hub for all discussions and sharing of your Popplet experiences. This is the ideal space to post your popplet project work. Perhaps you have a concept map you want to share, or a blog post or screencastr video you made about Popplet, or perhaps you want to show off the finished work you created after using Popplet as one of your production tools. We want to know and we encourage you to post it on our Facebook page!
For the next two weeks, we will be focusing on Popplet in education: both here on our blog and daily on our Facebook page. In part, we want to test the level of interest amongst students and teachers for sharing lesson plans and classroom activities via our Facebook page, but any comment or discussion on how you use Popplet is welcome.
To get started, please like our Facebook page so our updates will be included in your news stream. You can also use our Facebook app to access Popplet from within Facebook. We’re looking forward to hearing much more about our loyal community of Popplet users via Facebook! See you there…