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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Building Blocks in Autism Education: Minecraft and Popplet

In our article published last month Mind Mapping to Minds Meeting: Popplet in Autism Education, we talked about how new technologies were fast becoming powerful and invaluable tools in autism education. Young learners on the autism spectrum experience fewer difficulties when presented with new technology and have different needs to conventional learners. So certain technologies such as the iPad and apps like Popplet play to the strengths of autistic learners.

These technologies are not without their drawbacks: mainly the repetitive and inappropriate use of games and some social media apps. But that’s a problem not only found in the classroom! This is why people with autism, parents of individuals on the autism spectrum and educators involved in autism education use reliable “evidence-informed” information when choosing which technologies to use.

One organization that provides information for parents and educators is Autism Spectrum Australia (“Aspect”) – “Australia’s leading service provider for autism and other disabilities”. Two of their community leaders recently published a detailed guide demonstrating how the game “Minecraft is being used to address the special interests of those in the autism classroom”.

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