Popplet Icebreaker Activities For The Beginning Of Term

Are you back to school or college yet? Maybe you never went away – depends where you are in the world. Anyway, if you are returning from a well-earned break, it’s now time to shake off the summer holiday routine and get back into the school work rhythm. A painful process for some, but you’ll be raring to go in no time and Popplet might just be able to help.

Learners often find themselves with new classmates at this time of year: going to a new school, moving onto college from school, beginning to study new subjects… and this is a good thing. Differing relationships is important as we grow and learn from each other. However, making friends with your new learning buddies can take time, so for teachers, it’s a good idea to have a few “icebreakers” on hand at the start of the academic year. Here are a few simple Popplet activities that will help new classmates get to know each other quickly.

Getting to Know You: The Self Popplet

Popplet lets students add information to create informative and imaginative visuals. A good activity to begin the new school term, when not everyone in a class or group may know each other, is to have students create popplets about themselves and compare them in a mingle activity with their classmates. Have a look at this Popplet from 5th-grader Heather:

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10 Reasons To Carry Popplet In Your Digital Pencil Case

Many students use digital devices that contain tools to enhance their learning, a bit like the traditional pencil case that most students still carry. Limited space means only vital tools can fit in the pencil case. Same should go for digital equivalents: tablets, smartphones, Chromebooks… but that’s not the norm. There are currently so many learning apps available that devices often become cluttered in a way that the traditional pencil case can’t. So, to get the most out of your digital pencil case, you need to choose your tools wisely.

There are a lot of solid, useful educational apps out there and choosing what’s best can be a perplexing decision.  From what and our users tell us Popplet is a valuable addition to any digital pencil case and well worth having. If you’re new to Popplet or even a bit of a digital novice then there’s no better place to start. Here’s why.

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How To Get 10 Free Popplet Boards

Do you know that anyone who signs up for a Popplet web account gets ten Popplet boards absolutely free? No strings attached, no publicity (we never do that). Ten free popplets to do with as you please – that’s the deal. 

If you aren’t sure why you might want ten free popplets, enter “popplet” or “popplet….” followed by any topic you can think of into a search engine then click on images for a random samples of amazing Popplet creativity such as this:

Convinced? Let’s go!

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Public Popplets: Ten Of The Best Popplets Of All Time

If you are searching for ideas or inspiration for your own work, or you want to see what type of results Popplet can produce then check out Public Popplets.

Public Popplets is available to anyone who has signed up for a free Popplet account on the Popplet homepage. It is where people who use Popplet choose to share their work openly, allowing others to access it and make use of it.

Let’s take a quick look at what Popplet users have been sharing. Multiple languages, the global nature of Popple, and the sheer scope of the subject matter meant we had no problem at all in bringing together ten of the best Popplet ideas.

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Tutorial: How To Share On Public Popplets

A great many popplets are created and shared every single day. A quick look at Popplet’s very own open forum Public Popplets will reveal that hundreds of Popplet users choose to share their work publicly.

Public Popplets is the place to go when you are looking for ideas or inspiration. It is an excellent resource for educators. A place where the work their fellows and their students can be found. But Popplet isn’t just for education: a few minutes browsing in Public Popplets will reveal the enormous scope and variety of Popplet’s uses and users. Popplet work from all over the globe, in many languages, covering every subject imaginable.

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Holiday Planning With Popplet

Summer is well and truly here, and it’s time to put those important finishing touches to those perfect vacation plans. Or, you might just be throwing caution to the wind this holiday season, surrendering to mood or fancy and striking out towards the unknown. Whatever your outlook or stage of vacation readiness, packing Popplet on your trip will add a new dimension to your travel adventure. Be it a short city break or a grand Amazonian adventure, before packing, by your side throughout your journey, and after your return, Popplet makes a trusty holiday buddy. Some ways Popplet can be helpful to the traveler or holidaymaker

  • Brainstorming holiday ideas – choose the place you really want to go while collaborating with holiday companions.
  • Itinerary – plan, plan, plan…if that’s your thing. A little bit doesn’t hurt anyone!
  • Holiday blog/postcard – record and share your experiences and send a “digital postcard” to friends and family.
  • The holiday photos – create a Popplet Presentation for yourself or to bore your friends on your return!.

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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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Exploring Popplet Features: The Timewarp Tool

Welcome to the second installment of our series of short blogs about Popplet features. If you missed the previous article, here’s the shortlist again:

  • Popples
  • The Timewarp Tool
  • Adding images, videos, text, and drawings
  • Color coding and other classification methods
  • Building a Popplet database
  • Real-time collaboration
  • Tools to export and share popplets including HTML
  • Access levels – permissions
  • Formatting tools

Today we’re going to be looking at how to make the most of The Timewarp Tool with the help of Jack and Jill’s holiday planner.

The Timewarp Tool, as you may have guessed, lets you return to a previous version of any popplet at a point when it was created, and view it. Timewarp tells you precisely when that version of your popplet was saved.

It’s good, even necessary to retrace your thinking sometimes, Timewarp allows this. It also makes a very respectable presentation tool.

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Exploring Popplet Features: The Mighty Popple!

Popplet is a mind-mapping graphic organizer for all age groups and for professional and academic work. It’s near infinite canvas allows ideas great and small to be instantly captured, shaped, and shared. To enable and support such a broad range of uses and users, Popplet has many powerful features that underpin an intuitive user-friendly interface. We are going to explore some these features over the next few weeks. Here’s the shortlist:

  • Popples
  • The Timewarp Tool
  • Adding images, videos, text, and drawings
  • Color coding and other classification methods
  • Building a Popplet database
  • Real-time collaboration
  • Tools to export and share popplets including HTML
  • Access levels – permissions
  • Formatting tools

Let’s begin with the basic building block of all Popplet creation: The Mighty Popple!

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Popplet Update Version 2.5 – What’s New?

Popplet Version 2.5 is here at last and we thank you for your patience. If you haven’t already got the update you will definitely have it soon. If you want it right now, check “updates” in The App Store on your iOS device. Can’t see it? Search for Popplet or Popplet Lite and you should be able to update your app straight away.

Popplet v2.5 contains all of the critical fixes necessary for smooth running on the latest iOS updates and Apple devices. There’s also some of what you asked us for, and a lot more besides. Check it out:

  • Updates to Support the Newest iPads and Apple Pencil
  • Photo Permissions for Exporting Popplets with iOS 12.1.4
  • Updated for iPhone XS Form Factors
  • Modernization of Underlying Framework
  • Support For Multitasking on The iPad – Including Split View
  • Performance Improvements
  • Tons of Under The Hood Modernization
  • Added Awesomeness

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