App Smashing With Popplet

Educators and learners can achieve a lot using a mind mapping tool like Popplet. Popplet’s easy-to-use interface and its powerful features allow Popplet users to immediately capture their thoughts in several different ways. They can then organize and share this information using Popplet’s powerful editing and collaborating tools.

Having so many features, an indefinable age group for its user base, and as well as being useful for practically any task means Popplet is definitely considered one of the app world’s true all-rounders, making a name for itself outside of education, in business, as well as for personal use. In spite of this Popplet is still a favorite when it comes to App Smashing activities. Isn’t this what every job requires: A committed team player with the ability to work on their own initiative? That’s Popplet.

Here are some examples of Popplet’s favorite App Smashing partners and some of their activities.

Seesaw

Seesaw is “a platform for student engagement” and definitely one of Popplet’s besties! With Seesaw, students create learning portfolios which they can share with other students, teachers, and parents. Not simply a place to store work, students use Seesaw’s impressive array of tools to create videos and add voiceovers to their Popplet work.  Seesaw list Popplet as a compatible app and there’s even an App Smashing activity on the Seesaw website.

 

Number Pieces

Number Pieces has a web and iOS version and is totally compatible with Popplet. “Number pieces help students develop a deeper understanding of place value while building their computation skills with multi-digit numbers.” As well as place value and simple computational tasks – adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing – early-years students use Number Pieces Basic to represent smaller numbers, and then store their creations in Popplet.

 

Twitter – @poppletny

Just in case you haven’t already noticed, Popplet and Twitter get along very well indeed. Twitter is the thee social media platform when it comes to sharing Popplet ideas. All of the examples in this article are taken from Twitter. Students under sixteen never post. Fortunately for us but their teachers do, often prolifically, for which we are very grateful as it gives us and their fellow educators a constant stream of new ideas.

 

iPad Cameras and Editing Tools

A Popplet App Smashing article would just not be complete if we didn’t mention the iPad cameras and their functions. All you need to do is snap an image and it’s immediately available to add to any popplet by pressing export then save JPEG.

If you want to add your image to a popplet right away press

On the popple’s toolbar and you’ll be given to option to snap a photo and have it added straight into the popple:

The iPad’s powerful in-house editing tools give you many different opportunities to change and annotate images before you add them to Popplet.

You don’t have to add your images to Popplet right away. You can snap as many as you like and make an informed choice later just like Sara Shafran’s first-graders did on their “learning how to observe nature” activity:

 

Pages

Apple’s document creation app is another favorite of Popplet users and is often to be found in writing activities. Popplet is usually employed in the planning of writing tasks. The “writing plan popplet”, which can contain images for meditation and inspiration, is inserted into a Pages document as an image and the budding scribes use it as a reference. It’s not only about images, quite often students fully plan their writing projects using Popplet, whatever medium they use. The group below did all their planning digitally but chose to write the traditional way.

 

Keynote

Apple’s flagship presentation tool, Keynote, is as likely to be found in the classroom as the conference room, a bit like Popplet. When developing the skills of future digital citizens, it’s better that they gain experience with apps of this caliber. Year 6 at Howard Junior School have been doing just that! In this example, the students began with the fictional book, Holes, by Louis Sachar. Then they went out and done some digging of their own, created popplets from their results, and finally created non-fictional reports using Keynote. Phew! Well done guys.

 

PicCollage

A single popplet can only hold one image. The regular solution is simple: create another popple! However, that’s not always how it goes because some learners want more than one image per popple, and if they use tools like PicCollage, they can have this. Like all of the apps featured here, PicCollage is a superb app in its own right and well worth a look, even if you’re not planning to use Popplet with it.

 

Flipgrid

Flipgrid is an amazing app that encourages discussion between teachers, learners, and even parents. Users respond to each other by adding short videos to which they can add presentations. Flipgrid users use Popplet as well as many other apps in their video presentations. More often than not, questions are set by the teacher and students respond. But peer to peer interaction is what really makes Flipgrid special. We love it, take a look for yourself.

 

Voice To Text

Not an app as such, but there are apps out there with this feature. Mostly they employ the microphone button on the keyboard of any iOS device – that’s correct, students don’t even have to write any more to add text to Popplet! Of course, we are not discouraging writing development, but sometimes, when one is dictating directly, or the opposite –  in a stream of consciousness mode, using a text convertor is frequently more productive.

We are sorry to all of those apps that learners happily App Smash with Popplet that we haven’t mentioned – there are a lot more but we only have a thousand words! If you want to see more App Smashing or more Popplet ideas join the Popplet community on Twitter and don’t forget take a look at our Facebook page. If you like what you see, you know what to do.

Using Popplet with Learners on the Autism Spectrum

Popplet is a mind-mapping application which allows users to capture and instantly record their ideas in various ways, and to quickly create useful and impressive visuals. These visuals can be refined if need be and presented and shared. Popplet also supports real-time collaboration, so students and teachers can work together in groups.

Popplet is mostly used by educators and learners but as a multipurpose graphic organizer, Popplet’s reach includes creative and business professionals. Popplet has found a place in the classroom, the boardroom; any place where learning is a priority.

One area where Popplet has continued to gain traction over the years is with the parents and educators of learners on the Autism Spectrum. Of course, individuals on the autism spectrum, like all individuals, vary in terms of learning requirements and no single app could possibly meet the whole range of their needs. As a multipurpose app, with a user-friendly interface, Popplet does tick a few boxes according to educators and other professionals who devote their time to working with their students to help them reach their learning goals.

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10 Great Popplet Ideas For The Classroom

Fall may fast be approaching in more northern parts, but in the Popplet world, Spring has definitely arrived. In classrooms all over the globe, with blatant disregard for month and season, Popplet users old and new continue to impress with their unbounded creativity.

Fortunately, the Popplet community are a generous bunch, and we have harvested the fruits of their labors and gathered them all together for a feast!

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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

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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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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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