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 of us who aren’t fortunate enough to be shaking off the summer holidays, this is still a good opportunity to learn about Popplet Group Subscriptions, which were originally created for schools for the sole purpose of putting Popplet into the hands of as many learners and teachers as possible.
For more information on Popplet Group Subscriptions for your school, select Popplet for Schools? in the Popplet Plan window that opens when you sign up for a free Popplet account on the Popplet homepage:
Here’s what you need to know:
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 student unlimited popplets for one year
There is a sliding price scale: the more you buy, the less it costs
Get some tips on English lesson plans from other teachers using Popplet in the classroom
Our education survey this year revealed that the majority of teachers using Popplet in school make use of our app in their English classes. Some 56% of respondents use Popplet to enhance English class activities with their students.
If you are looking for ideas for English lesson plans with Popplet, here’s some activity suggestions that teachers around the world have been using with their students of all ages.
English lesson plans for kinder/early childhood ages
Kinderchat teacher leader Matt Gomez has shared how he uses Popplet to help very young students gain English language acquisition skills, including understanding word sounds, and creating word webs that show the connection between words and images around a common theme. His blog details the English lesson plan he has been successfully – and respectfully – used with his classes.
Mrs Walsh uses Popplet to help her young students map out the plotline of their class reading, here’show they showed the flow of the story “Owl Babies”:
In Argentina, Miss Iberia Denegri uses Popplet with her 2nd and 3rd form English classes. Here, she demonstrates with her class the value of studying English and its impact around the world:
In Australia, students shared what they had learn about characters in the book “The One and Only Ivan” by preparing popplets in groups to write about the story characters.
“Needless to say, the students had a blast! They quickly learned how to manipulate the popples, change color, add text, draw, and arrange their thinking in an orderly fashion. All the while, they were learning and being asked to do some deeper learning. They didn’t complain once. In fact, a number of students commented how much fun they were having. “, Ms West reflected on the use of Popplet as a classroom study aid.
English lesson plans with teens
Industry expert Helen Caldwell uses Popplet to encourage students to plan short stories in various genres:
In Mrs Wagstaff’s Timberline library, students were encouraged to create Popplets to showcase their favorite authors, like Megan did to share her interest in author Richard Paul Evans:
English lesson plans with college students
The Newbridge College English Department uses Popplet to design revision activities for students studying literary works. This year, students are reading The Great Gatsby. This popplet was created with a series of embedded videos to guide students through revision questions and foster a deeper comprehension of the plot and characters of this classic American novel.
Popplet was used as a study and note-taking aide throughout the class reading of the novel, with activities set to use Popplet to collate a student’s understanding of particular characters in the novel:
Perhaps one of the most advanced English lesson plans documented is available on the outstanding resource educatorstudio. We encourage teachers to consider sharing their structured Popplet classroom activities on this brilliant and detailed teacher network for lesson planning. Catherine Jackson has gone to considerable detail to share lesson files, assessment suggestions, steo-by-step procedures, and guidelines for student collaborative activities. Thoughtful teachers have added comments on their use of the lesson plan in subsequent classes. The topic? Using popplet to demonstrate critical analysis of a non-literary text’s major themes and tones. This English Lesson Plan with Popplet is aimed at middle and high school syudents of 6th and 7th grade.
It is wonderful to see so many teachers around the world taking to using Popplet to create engaging, fun and educative English lesson plans with their students. Popplet is an app that students immediately appreciate the value of using, here’s some recent comments from Mrs Malsky’s students after assessing the power of Popplet as a study tool:
If you are writing a paper for English you can use this website to create an outline. Hayley Reilly
You could make an outline for an essay you could be writing – Zack Scerine
The website is very useful. The user can organize pictures, organize an outline to your essay, or even to make some basic scrap booking ideas. It could be used in english, history, yearbook, or really any class. – Britt Crawford
We can use it to put all of our ideas for an essay together -Tyler Mason
Vote for which subject lesson plans we should cover in a future Poppletrocks blog post, or if you a a student or independent learner, tell us a little about how you maintain your a study program using Popplet with other online or mobile apps.
In the meantime, feel free to share your lesson plan examples on our Facebook page, or leave us a comment if you would like to share your reflections on how effective using Popplet is for your teaching or learning.
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.
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.
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
We’re launching our new group subscriptions just in time for the new (US and European) school year!
We consulted with education users at the start of the year, and received over 250 survey replies. Thanks to everyone who responded (and see the end of this article for a special gift): it helped us work out the best system possible to accommodate a world of differences in how schools use education technology and can access apps from the web or iPad.
How It Works
A school groups subscription is available for classes from 15 to schools with over 500 students.
2. Select “buy subscriptions” from the right hand menu.
3. Buy the number of annual subscriptions you need. Our minimum is 15 and there is no maximum. In order to make our education group accounts accessible to as many schools as possible, we have tried to keep subscription rates as low as possible. Our pricing allows 15 student accounts unlimited Popplets in one year – the equivalent to one paid subscriber’s annual subscription fee.
You will need a credit card to purchase your school group subscriptions.
We also have a sliding scale of pricing so the more you buy, the cheaper each individual account will cost. This was a key request from our schools survey, where teachers, librarians and ICT coordinators requested a simple way to sign up a whole school or form grade for popplets. You will be sent a receipt for your school accounts office records.
4. You don’t need to allocate all your subscriptions at once. After you have purchased your school accounts, you can select “manage subscriptions” from the right-hand menu and add individual email addresses for each student. You will be prompted to add your own account to the list of subscriptions.
5. Start using your Popplet with your classes!
Popplet is used by teachers with classes of all ages and in a range of subjects including languages, English, history, sciences and math. You can get ideas for lesson plans by subscribing to our blog or by liking our Facebook page. Please feel free to share your teaching ideas and show examples of using Popplet in your school and classes with our Facebook community. We will also share ideas and techniques in our blog about how teachers can use Popplet as a study prompt, group classroom activity, lesson planner, assessment instrument, presentation aid, or revision tool. When we post blogs about how Popplet can be used in a variety of industries, we tend to include a few notes on how to apply the technique to schools (see our buyer persona blog post for an example).
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. My students are under 13 and the terms and conditions say they can’t use Popplet. How can I use Popplet with my year 5/6 class of 10 year olds?
A. Our terms and conditions reflect best practice in using Popplet with younger ages and align with industry standards set out in international legislation such as the United States’ Children’s Online Privacy Act. We do not collect information about ANY user beyond the basic registration name address and email. For under 13 year olds, we recommend that teachers set up classroom student accounts and oversee/monitor the use of Popplet. In other words, Popplet accepts registration by under 13 year olds where use is overseen by parents and guardians, including teachers.
Q. What about teachers and other school staff subscriptions?
A. Teachers must add themselves as one of the subscriptions to the group accounts in order to get access to their Popplet account. You can add all teachers or relevant staff like librarians who will be working with students on Popplets.
Q. What happens to students Popplet accounts after the school year ends?
A. Popplet school subscriptions are for one calendar year, commencing from the date payment is made. After this time, the students’ accounts are still accessible in the same way as for any individual user account: that is, the first 5 popplets are fully functioning (you can add to them and edit them), while any other popplets are read-only under the free account.
Q. My class uses iPads. How do they access Popplet?
We have an education discount offering 50% of the purchase of our Popplet iPad app, and many teachers around the world are already accessing this offer to install Popplet on all classroom iPads.
Q. I completed the school survey earlier this year. How do I get my free popplets?
To say thanks, we will be setting up a group subscription for everyone who answered our schools survey. This will give each survey responder a group subscription for a class of up to 15 students for the whole year! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us and look out for more details of how Popplet is used in education as we share the results of our survey over the next few weeks.
Above: A class mission statement created in Popplet by MES Mrs White’s class. You can follow along with how 5th grade teacher Michelle White uses Popplet and other educational technologies in her classroom at http://mesmrswhitesclass.blogspot.com/
If you have any questions about our new school and class subscriptions, leave a comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to add examples of how you use Popplet to share with other educators on our Facebook page.
Is Popplet one of your key classroom apps? Help us learn more about how you use Popplet in education settings
All of us here at Team Popplet are proud to read the daily tweets, support emails, and online education technology blogs that talk about how Popplet is one lof the key classroom apps used by educators all around the world.
Popplet has been used with students of all ages to:
encourage collaboration on team projects
map concepts and create timelines
visually show the connection between information and ideas
assist with remembering new facts and figures.
Teachers use Popplet in lesson planning and encourage students to use Popplet for independent study and note-taking. Some teachers have incorporated using Popplet into assignment tasks.
If you use Popplet in any education setting – from primary school to formal professional development courses – we want to hear from you.
In order to continue to strengthen Popplet’s data storage reliability and capacity, and to extend our web and iPad app features, we are considering a modest subscription plan. Our survey for the education sector aims to make sure that the introduction of any subscription model will not act as a barrier to Popplet’s continued use as one of your top classroom apps.