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.

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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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: Popplet on The iPad and iPhone – Transferring Popplets to the Online Tab

We have all done it. Spent precious time creating a magnificent piece of Popplet wizardry on the iPad, or quickly saved a few important ideas on the Popplet iPhone app only to later discover, while sitting down to take a look at our popplets on the computer, that our hard work has gone! Breathe! We check our iOS devices, and there it is. Question is: Why can’t I see my Popplet online?

The Popplet app has three tabs:

  • iPad/iPhone/iPod
  • online
  • public

If you can’t find the Popplet you are looking for online,  but you are able to access it in the Popplet iOS app, then the Popplet was probably created in the device tab.

To create a Popplet on your iOS device and be able work on it in from your computer/laptop then choose the online tab.

Back to our problem: I don’t want to spend time redoing all my work, is there a way to transfer a popplet from the device tab to the online tab? Fortunately, there is.

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Tutorial: Popplet on The iPad and iPhone – Tabs

We have been receiving a lot of questions about using Popplet on iOS devices recently – not at all surprising since most of us access Popplet on the iPad. So, we thought we’d publish a series of short tutorials to clarify a few things.

One question that has come up recently is:  What’s the difference between all the tabs I can see when I open Popplet on my iPad, iPhone, or iPod? Let’s take a look, shall we?

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Welcome To The New Popplet iPad App!

We have rebuilt our iPad app from the ground up to create the best visual thinking experience possible! The new version of our iPad/iPhone/iPod app is now available in the iTunes app store and makes the most of all the capabilities of the latest iOS operating system.

Here’s an overview of what you can expect and how we are continuing to improve our Popplet products for you, our loyal users all around the world! Continue reading

Get Inspired: Popplet Examples To Get Your Brain Jucies Flowing!

Get inspired to create visual thinking maps and concept outlines that help you remember new information, make connections between ideas, and share your thoughts and unique perspective.

This year, we have some great new features planned, including tagging popplets to help you better store your popplet creations with key words and subject categories. We are also looking forward to offering you a new way to share your popplets with the world, with new popularity rankings of public popplets.

While we put the finishing touches on these features, you can get inspired to create new mind maps and concept outlines with our online, iPad, iPhone and iPod apps by viewing some Popplet examples on our new Pinterest account.

We admit, we have been a bit slow to jump on the Pinterest bus. It is a great tool for sharing images, but we love how a publicly shared Popplet is interactive and lets you move around it, zoom in and out, play videos and jump to links. We were worried that none of that interactivity is available through Pinterest.

But on the other hand, we know many of our users are on Pinterest, and sometimes, you want to get inspired by seeing other Popplet examples and learn from how they have been laid out, color coded, and organized. You might not be so fussed about the actual content, so you don’t need to move about so much or click on and watch a youtube video: what you want to get inspired by is the overall organization and mind map design. Well, if that’s the case, our set of Pinterest boards are ideal mind fodder for you! Continue reading

Popplet Now Available In The iPhone App Store

Share the news! Here’s our latest press release about Popplet being available through the iPhone App Store!

In addition to a recent version upgrade available for the iPad app version, the visual thinking tool and ideas platform Popplet is now available for the iPhone and iPod through the iPhone app store.

Popplet allows users to combine text, graphics and images together on a ‘popplet canvas’ in order to make new connections between ideas and concepts. It is used for workflow mapping, idea generation, research collection, design outlines, and note taking.

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Popplet on the iPhone

The iPhone version of the app is available from the iPhone app store, iTunes, for $USD4.99 (€3.99) and comes with the following features:

  • Boundless canvas that can store ideas in ‘popple ballons’ of text, images and video
  • Pan and zoom functionality to navigate quickly and smoothly across a popplet canvas
  • Realtime collaboration between iPhone, iPad and web app users
  • Capacity to export popplets in jpeg and pdf formats.

The new iPad app version has an improved user interface and is provided as a free upgrade to current users.

“Popplet is more than just a mind mapping software,” said Popplet co-founder, Jared Schiffman. “Our app lets users think visually and makes us of how creativity works to connect ideas in a completely new way. You can work with text, images, photos and video on the one popplet canvas to explore ideas and collaborate in realtime across teams.”

Popplet is used by creative professionals as a productivity software tool and has a large following amongst the education sector where it is used by students of all ages across a range of school and college subjects.

The iPhone and iPod versions have been keenly requested by current app users and means the app is now available for use across iOS devices.

We encourage our Popplet users to please leave review feedback on the iPhone App Store after downloading.