Is there such a thing as a “visual learner”? The idea that we are all different when it comes to learning and each of us has a particular learning style is no longer as popular with educators as it once was. Why? Well, the truth is that we are ALL visual learners.
We know that at some point in the not so distant past – evolutionary speaking – that dogs became “human’s best friend”. Like most things that happened tens of thousands of years ago, Popplet didn’t exist and there was no one around who could record these momentous events. So. scientists study the evidence and build theories from what they discover. One such theory is that humans began to rely on the senses of their canine companions such as smell and sound more than their own and that we began to develop other senses more and more and finally we adapted and attained new skills. Our ability to speak is often attributed to these evolutionary changes. One human development that is far less spoken of is sight.
That’s right, when we gave up sniffing everything and cocking our ears at the tiniest of sounds, humans started to take a really hard look at their surroundings. The end result being that as a species we became hardwired to processing information visually. Which is why a picture really is worth a thousand words.
With COVID-19 changing the way we live and learn, it’s clear that supporting educators, students and parents is more critical than ever. In light of that we’ve decided to make the iPad Paid version of Popplet free for a period of time.
Popplet was designed from the outset to make visual learning and collaboration easy and accessible to learners of all ages. We hope providing the app to more students helps them, as we continue to navigate an uncharted environment for learning and schooling. Below are some ideas for how to use Popplet in this learning environment:
How To Download the Paid iPad Version of Popplet for Free
Go to the App Store on your iOS device and download Popplet. – Remember to download the FULL version, as there has always been a free version of the app called Popplet Lite.
How to Use Popplet with Classroom Video Conferencing Tools
If you’re teaching groups of students whether it be Pre-K and upwards, you may already be using a video conference tool like Zoom or Google Hangouts. You can easily integrate Popplet into these lessons.
While working hard on the brand new Popplet website, one which no longer relies on Adobe Flash Player, it has become apparent that a number of users are experiencing issues using Popplet in Google Chrome. Our solution for the moment is to switch to using the Microsoft state-of-the-art browser, Edge.
We cannot say with certainty what is causing these issues in Chrome but what we can say is that they relate to the continued use of Flash. Current issues are:
As COVID-19 continues to disrupt daily living all over the world, schools and businesses have sensibly closed their doors. Not so long ago, this would have meant an end to much of the learning. Nowadays this is not the case. The internet makes it possible for quality communication and collaboration to continue whatever’s going on so the learning doesn’t have to stop.
During these troubled times, committed educators are taking to the internet – usually from their own homes – and broadcasting and sharing activities with their students. Parents are joining in too, and the whole effort is emerging as a powerful message of hope.
Popplet is proud to be a part of the message and to help you participate and share with the world we have brought together some of the app’s most useful collaborative features.
Over the last few weeks, we have been looking at how Popplet can be used in Project work – all project work: A school assignment about volcanoes, the implementation of new machinery into a factory, or planning the opening of a coffee shop. No job too big or too small. In this article, we focus on presentations.
Presentations are now an essential part of work and education. They are no longer an activity confined to the realm of experts, and it’s highly unlikely that anybody born in the digital age will be able to avoid having to give one at some point. These days, even Kindergarteners are taught how to present their work.
As you can see from above, it would be fair to say that Popplet boards are the very stuff of presentations. Depending on the stage of your project, if you’re using Popplet, then you will always have a collection of visuals for presentations. But did you know that Popplet comes with its very own built-in presentation tools?
Along with Popplet’s own features, there are also a few other ideas for delivering presentations using Popplet:
The correct handling of information is key to the smooth running and success of any project, so the digital tools used need to be up to the task. Popplet may not seem like an obvious first choice here, however, it has the capacity to store and index data, in various formats. This data can be immediately converted into highly impressive visuals.
Ease of use: this is the point in a project where things can get messy – information is misinterpreted and can get “lost”. Complexity hinders collaboration and communication. Popplet helps you keep it simple.
Powerful features: despite its super user-friendly, intuitive interface – intentionally designed so that even the youngest of users could work with Popplet – there lies beneath the surface a robust and highly effective suite of tools for handling and presenting data.
There are heaps of tools out there to help you with your project work. Be it a 3rd-grade science project or the implementation of a lucrative new business idea they mostly offer the same service. Many of these apps are very good indeed, great even, but few offer the simplicity and versatility of Popplet. When it comes to project work, no matter what the level, Popplet can be relied upon to perform well from beginning to end.
What makes Popplet such a useful project tool? Well, over the course of the next few blog posts we’re going to find out by concentrating on the following areas:
Creating Quality Visuals
Every good project starts with solid research and hopefully, we’ve done ours. Popplet is such a good research tool because…
In the age of digital, one might be tempted to diminish or even forget the importance of the written word in education. Fortunately for our learners, their teachers most certainly have not and literacy skills, along with other valued core skills, continue to occupy their rightful place in the curriculum despite and because of the growth of the digital classroom.
Literacy isn’t just restricted to the study of books. However, analyzing a piece of quality text or even a well-known story can reveal much about what’s great and progressive about reading and writing, and also provide endless opportunities for more in-depth study and learning, for example:
Story building – how a narrative is constructed and how this impacts on the reader.
Themes – the exploration of a book’s main elements.
Character analysis – who are the main characters, what shapes them, why do they do what they do?
Cause and effect – who or what makes things happen. Events are connected.
Quotes and other memorable pieces of writing – why do they affect the reader so, why are they memorable?
Significant events – what are those happenings that determine the outcome of a story or the fate of a character? What matters?
Language study – focusing on grammar, parts of speech (adjectives, adverbs, nouns…), technique.
Identification – gaining a deeper understanding of ourselves and others from the people, places, and events described in a story.
Popplet is present in many classrooms. Fortunately for us, teachers and learners often publish impressive examples of their Popplet work. Popplet’s easy-to-use and powerful features make it a very useful addition to any lesson, especially in the literacy classroom, as you will see.
Picture the scene: the ardent lead detective questions his team – anxiously huddled close by – about any new information in the hunt for the criminals. He pushes, he prods, he orders, he pleads with his fellows to think hard; time is running out. Now cast your eyes to the wall behind the lead detective, what are the detectives staring at?
Images of suspects or “persons of interest”, significant events in date order, addresses, car registrations, any and every piece of information that will help the detectives crack the case. This is the timeline, an interactive representation of the facts, and from it, if they look hard enough, they may just glean enough information to catch the bad guys and save the day. Of course, this is what we see in films and on TV, but it’s obvious enough that timelines such as these are used by real-life detectives. They could just make lists on A4 paper and discuss their findings this way, but that’s not what they do – why not? Elementary: a visual representation of facts like a Popplet, for example, sets neurons firing and makes for a highly effective investigative tool.
It’s not only law enforcement who benefit from using timelines. Timelines are a useful and even essential tool in many different types of situation:
Studying events – any event can be broken down and its parts placed in the order they happened.
History – any historical event or fact can be visualized on a timeline
Biography – leader, writer, artist…
Projects – from going on holiday to setting up a new company
Autobiography – all about you and the milestones of your life
Process – any process that benefits from the recording of significant events
Books, stories, films – explain and understand what’s going on
Writers use Popplet to create timelines for their work
We don’t just find Popplets lying around on the floor you know! However, due to the absolute deluge of Popplet creativity out there online, popplets are pretty much digitally ubiquitous – just not on the floor!
If you have never seen a Popplet (unlikely) there’s one above. If you are in need of inspiration or if you are searching for ideas then there are plenty of places you can search.