Popplet: A Seasoned, Trusted, All-Rounder App For The New School Year

Summer vacation in some places is coming to an end, and educators, parents, and students are looking forward to a fresh academic year: new classes, new friends, new subjects. They will also be researching which apps and technology to put in their classrooms, homes and digital backpacks. 

Deciding on which new digital technologies to use or purchase can be daunting because of the vast number of educational apps on the market. However, if you’re looking for a seasoned, tried-and-tested, all-rounder app for all subjects, then keep it simple. Popplet is one of the most versatile and useful tools available to educators and learners and it continues proving itself as the go-to app for any subject:

  • Literacy – reading and writing skills
  • Numeracy – simple and complex activities
  • Science – Chemistry, Physics, Biology…
  • The Environment – pollution, environmental change
  • Technology, Computing, Robotics and Automation
  • History – timelines, historical events and profiles

Literacy
Popplet is powerful in the hands of kindergarteners and early-learners. Their young minds are just beginning to open to the language puzzle as they start making those vital connections between what they see, hear, and say. Activities like Word Families from Kirsten Wideen are a good example of what they can do with Popplet:

Popplet is also good for helping more advanced readers develop critical skills and gain a deeper understanding of texts and characters, as in Erin Flanagan’s excellent Reading Strategies article:

Popplet is equally useful when it comes to writing, allowing authors to plan their work, and even use visual prompts for inspiration. Take a look at Tech Know Parent, Jo Blanin’s Storybuilding activity:

For more examples of how Popplet is helping learners in the literacy class check out some of the other articles on Poppletrocks:

Learning to Read: Popplet in the Reading Classroom
Everyone’s A Writer Now: Popplet in the Writing Class

Numeracy
When it comes to Math class, Popplet is an excellent addition to activities involving very young learners as in the much-used Ways to Make 10 activity, like this example from Kindergarten Teacher, Kara Bunch:

Popplet can also be used to teach and learn more complex mathematical topics such as Polynomials (above) and Geometry:

For more Popplet math examples see 10 Ways To Use Popplet In The Math Class.

Science
The precise number of applications that Popplet has in the field of science has yet to be determined, but we believe the number might be infinite. Popplets have been observed in Physics, Biology, Chemistry and many other areas of scientific investigation. Pore over if you will, this magnificent Chemical Bonding popplet from Fatima Guandique:

Sample more astonishingly good Science popplets in Popplet: The APPliance of Science

The Environment
People of the planet Earth have grown in awareness over the last few decades in realizing that the place where we live, work, and play is an important place. So, the teaching and study of Environmental topics has grown in scope. Take these fine Plastic Pollution Facts popplets for example:

For further insight into Popplet and the environment see Popplets About Environmental Issues

Technology, Computing, Automation and Robotics
The world is changing fast and educators often find themselves at the technological rock face, teaching about and working with cutting-edge technologies every day. Digital competency is already a necessity and the future is no longer quite as certain as it might once have been. But in this brave new world we’re constructing it’s Safety First!:

Want to see more like this? See Popplets About Technology, Computing, Automation and Robotics

History
Popplet has a great many uses for teachers and learners of History. It’s perfect for making timelines and mapping historical events:

Or for creating profiles of influential historical figures:

For more ideas to use in the History classroom check out 11 Ideas For Using Popplet In The History Classroom.

If your particular area of interest hasn’t been featured in this post, don’t worry. Try searching the blog using the search box in the top right-hand corner of the page.

In the highly unlikely event that you don’t find what you are looking for in Poppletrocks, take a look in Public Popplets – if haven’t done so already, you will have to sign up for a free Popplet account to do this, but it’s free and well worth it. Not only do you get access to Public Popplets, Popplet’s amazing open resource, where hundreds of Popplet users generously share their work daily, you also get ten Popplet boards for free.

If by some miracle you still can’t find a popplet about a particular subject, try following and sharing with the Popplet community on Twitter or on Facebook. Or create your own! We look forward to hearing from you.

Popplets About Technology, Computing, Automation and Robotics

Such is the rate at which computing, artificial intelligence, and digital technologies are impacting on our everyday lives, that the utopian vision of a digitally dominant future is becoming increasingly opaque. Will human society collapse into dystopian nightmare, a popular outcome in TV and film: Terminator, Blade Runner, The Hunger Games… or shall we ascend to our nobler, higher collective consciousness and create the egalitarian, moneyless society of Star Trek’s Federation?

The future is definitely uncertain, but fortunately what we do in the present can and will affect positive change! One of the effects of the advancement of new technologies that we are seeing in education is that subjects such as Technology, Computing, and Automation and Robotics are moving ever nearer towards curriculum center stage. These subjects are naturally and rightfully attracting higher numbers of students as their importance in shaping our society’s future has well and truly shifted from the realm of science fiction to that of science fact.

Popplet is proud to be a part of that shift. Here are some examples of how Popplet is being used to teach these rapidly emerging sciences.

 

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Studying the Earth: Popplet Ideas For The Geography Classroom

Geography is the science which encompasses the study of the lands, features, inhabitants, and phenomena of our planet. Like other subjects that kids study at school, it is highly intuitive, in that youngsters begin amassing geographical knowledge from a very early age: where they live, where their ancestors were from, what route they take to school as well as an awareness of the sea, forests, mountains and other landmarks.

Learners become curious about what they see, and the visual nature of Popplet makes it a powerful tool in the Geography classroom. It allows students to classify and arrange information; add text, images, and video; share and collaborate – with their classmates or globally. By studying Geography students learn about the world we live in and its incredible diversity, giving them a sense of where they are, and who they are.

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Popplet People: Sheeba Ajmal, Technology For A Cause

"technology has the power to transform the lives of individuals"How to fund the digital revolution that has taken place in all sectors of education over the last twenty years has been the pressing, constant question for many administrators. Quality technology costs as does its implementation and training. Even with Education Technology suppliers such as Popplet offering substantial discounts to institutions there exists huge financial disparities at a local and global level. Ensuring that learners are provided with equal learning opportunities seems like an impossible task – unless you’re Sheeba Ajmal that is.

“I firmly believe technology has the power to transform the lives of individuals.”

Sheeba founded the Pakistan based organization Technology For A Cause – Enhancing Skills Empowering Kids, which works with children in the most challenging economic conditions harnessing the power of the global nature of new technologies to level the playing field when it comes to equal opportunity learning. Her work first came to our attention when she shared some of her student’s Poppplet creations on Facebook. We got in touch with Sheeba to learn more about her work.

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Popplet Christmas Activities 2: Storytelling, Writing, Reading, and Christmas Greetings

Traditionally, Christmas, the most well-known event in the Christian religious calendar, is all about giving. It’s the time of year when people pause and reflect on what they can do for others. Friends and family get together and exchange gifts and cards. We think of others all year round of course, but Christmas, like the festivals of other religions, is a special time.

Now, if you’ve read our first Popplet Christmas article, which was more about getting more than giving, you’ll appreciate this second set of Popplet Yuletide activities, where we focus on what is for many, the true spirit of Christmas, and how it can be of value inside and outside the classroom.

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Popplet Christmas Activities: Santa Claus, Presents, Letters and Lists

Do you believe in Santa Claus? You remember: a rotund distinguished gentleman with white hair and a big white beard who favors red suits with white fur trimmings? One of the world’s largest employer of elves, who is known to ride a sleigh driven by celebrity reindeer. He also goes by multiple pseudonyms: Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Papá Noel, or just plain old Santa for short. No? Best you take a close look at this Santa Claus popplet.

Jingle any bells? Well, if doubt has pushed tender childhood memories of Dear Old Father Christmas from your mind and you have forgotten him, he hasn’t forgotten you! Dear Old Father Christmas. So fear not! To participate in these traditional festive Popplet activities all you really need is Christmas Spirit, Good Cheer if you will, and presents – let’s not forget the presents, they’re important. You’ll also need Popplet. So let’s make that the first thing on our list shall we?

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Dr. Popplet: Health, Happiness and Well-being

A good education is not restricted to achieving competence in literacy, math, and science; there is another set of equally essential life skills related to health, happiness, and well-being that we need to learn and respect if we are to become shiny happy citizens of the world. Having a healthy body and a sound mind is about as good as it gets these days, and those who are fortunate enough to maintain both are surely some of the planet’s happiest people.

Like other good things, there’s a great deal of common sense involved in healthy living. Lessons about diet, exercise and taking care of body and mind, are as essential as learning to read and write. Popplet itself is no stranger to the doctor’s surgery: when Popplet was very young, it had no conception of how just how popular it would become. This caused some “health” problems such as overstretched servers, sign-in issues, and general stress. Now, we’re happy to report that Popplet is following doctor’s orders, and is in pretty good shape.

We are glad to report that the Popplet community is also healthy and doing well! We frequently see popplets about how to keep up health, happiness, and well-being, and what happens if you don’t. Popplet is used in schools, colleges and by and medical professionals all over the world. Here is a small sample of some of their work.

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Working With Numbers

The Popplet social media message boards are positively crackling with numerical creativity at this time of year. School’s back and teachers and students alike are getting to grips with new projects, tasks, and technologies. Popplets about just about anything you can think of from pretty much everywhere are streaming hourly from the minds of popplet users onto our message boards providing valuable ideas and inspiration for others.

Math is a core subject, and even with a number of excellent dedicated math apps, Popplet finds its place in the math class. A versatile graphic organizer, that adds new dimensions to math work: visual, intuitive, and fun. Here are some of the ways math and technology educators are making Popplet count in the math classroom.

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Popplet People: Monica Evon, Fourth-Grade Teacher

For some educators, the digital technologies now standard in our classrooms are not new; they were a part of their primary or higher education. There are many others, however, who have benefitted from the rich experience of the transition to the digital paradigm; working through and shaping the changes that technologies such as Popplet have been making on teaching methods and on the development of learners. Monica Evon is one of those educators who embraced the change and is rewarded daily with the growth she sees in her students.

Monica caught our eye recently when she shared some impressive images of her class hard at work with Popplet. She has kindly agreed to share her experience with us.

Could you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?
I am a fourth-grade teacher from Nebraska. I teach at Bellevue Elementary. My district is Bellevue Public Schools and I am part of Bellevue Public Schools iPadAcademy.  This is my thirty-second year in the education profession. I have taught special education, first, second, third, and fourth grade and I was an elementary counselor for six years. I am passionate about my students, teaching, and learning! I love using technology to enhance learning opportunities. I am a 1:1 iPad classroom.

Growing up my dad was in the military, so we traveled the world. I attended five different elementary schools. My husband Steve and I have two grown boys. We love to travel and two of our passions are snorkeling and hiking in the mountains. My favorite quote:

“If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.” John Dewey

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Popplet Group Subscriptions for Schools, Classes, and Business

Summer break in the United States, Europe, and a whole lot of other places is drawing to a close. Students, teachers, and parents are turning their thoughts towards the fresh academic year and its challenges. And for those who aren’t fortunate enough to be shaking off a summer vacation, or who aren’t involved in education, it’s still a good time to learn about Popplet Group Subscriptions.

Originally created for schools to put Popplet into the hands of as many learners and teachers as possible, Popplet Group Subscriptions are now available to any type of organization.

Here are the basics:

  • Popplet Group subscriptions are open to everyone: schools, colleges, businesses…and make purchasing Popplet much more affordable.
  • The minimum group/class size is 15.
  • Subscriptions offer each individual unlimited popplets for one year.
  • There is a sliding price scale: the more you buy, the less it costs.


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