It’s Elementary: Popplet Amongst The Primary School Apps

This month in our Popplet People profile, we speak about Popplet’s use as one of the best primary school apps (aka elementary school apps) with Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Education Expert, Ian Addison.

Primary School Apps Expert Ian Addison

Follow Primary School Apps Expert Ian Addison on Twitter @ianaddison

Ian’s ICT experience includes:

  • ICT Coordinator at St John the Baptist Primary School in Hampshire, England for two years
  • Involvement in developing ICT curriculum for the past 4 years, and
  • Recognition as a Google Apps for Education Certified Teacher.

In May this year, he was nominated by the UK Education Blog Awards for Teacher Blog of the Year, and in July, his book Essentials: ICT was published.

Ian was one of our many education users who contributed to answered our survey, focusing on his primary school apps experiences using Popplet. He was excited to see us introduce a group subscription offer for schools and classrooms, as his grade 5 and 6 students love using our app in classroom activities and as a study aid.

We interviewed Ian about how he uses Popplet as one of his primary school apps teaching tools, and the ICT needs of elementary school-level teachers around the world.

Q: You have created websites including ICT Planning and Under Ten Minutes. What skills are teachers looking for in using apps in the classroom?

I think it is quick and easy ways to get started. Nothing fancy, just basic tools that they can learn in 5 minutes and then give to a class of children to explore and experiment with.

Q: Can you tell us a little about what your book, Essentials ICT, is about and who it is for?
The book is about ways of embedding ICT and computers into classrooms and the chapter Popplet featured in was around the use of presentations. often children are asked to make a presentation but it always tends to be PowerPoint. I love PowerPoint, but I also love Prezi and Popplet too. So it was a guide to using it with some examples.

Q: We recently featured one of your students’ Popplet projects on our Facebook page. Can you describe the classroom activity for us?

Subject: Science
Learning goals: To research information about space and present it to the class.
Class size: 32
Class ages/grades: 9-11 year olds (year 5/6 )
Classroom activity description: As part of their space projects, they could look at any tool they wished and present to the class. Some used Google Sites, some used Popplet and some used paper. All were welcome :-)

Thanks to Ian for sharing some insights on using Popplet as one of his primary school apps. As an educator, you can use our Facebook page to share your lesson plans and ideas with colleagues, or tweet your elementary school apps experiences using the hashtag #poppleted

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