Welcome to a brand new set of Popplet Tutorials. We have listened to your requests and over the next few weeks, we are going to do our very best to make the Popplet experience more accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Let’s begin at the beginning, with every Popplet’s essential element: the popple.
The basic building blocks of popplets are called popples. They are to Popplet what the humble cell or the mighty atom are to the physical world: with no popples, there can be no popplets. Fortunately, popples are much easier to understand than cells and atoms, and are regularly produced by the under-fives. Creating and working popples is simple:
With the exception of Chinese (Mandarin), English is the world’s most understood language. Unlike Chinese, approximately two-thirds of those who communicate regularly in English, are using it as a second language. The idea for Popplet was conceived somewhere around the New York area, so English seemed like the natural choice for the app and for our blog. However, the global reach of Popplet and the incredibly diverse nature of our user base has surpassed all expectations. What does it all mean?
Thousands of popplets are shared openly every week: in Public Popplets, Twitter, FacebookPinterest, and on personal and community blogs. Our support teams and technical staff also receive thousands of emails and messages: many of these Popplets and messages are in languages we know and understand, more than occasionally though, we are still surprised.
To give you some idea of worldly-wise our humble app has become, we thought we’d share a few international Popplet creations.
Imagine for a moment or two just how perfect Popplet would be if you could add URLs, linking your creations to any information available on the internet. Well, the truth is, connecting Popplet creations to the world is not something that you need to imagine since this feature already exists.
Now, for those of you who have requested that we add this feature, we have heard you and we understand: links cannot be added to text in Popplet, as they can in this article, a document or an email for example, and that’s not going to change. Reason being Popplet likes to keep it simple, and that’s why adding URLs to a popplet is as simple as adding text. However, Popplet knows a URL when it sees it and comes fully equipped with functionality which is designed to facilitate immediate access to a link’s destination. Used creatively, this feature can visually enhance Popplet work and could greatly increase its scope and appeal. Here’s an example of a Popplet with links to some blog posts:
First, we are going to learn how to add a URL to a popple – it’s very much like adding text. After we’ve mastered that – in no time at all! – we’ll show you how to put this knowledge to good use: for example, by adding videos, a feature which is no longer available using the add video widget. You can still add Vimeo content this way, however.
Is there life on Mars? Do aliens exist? Where did we come from? How big is the Universe?… an infinite number of questions. The questions which scientists, philosophers, theologians, writers and possibly every sentient earthbound creature that ever looked upwards has been seeking answers to since the beginning of time. Popplet doesn’t have any answers, but it can help knowledge hungry learners to solve some of these Universal mysteries.
With futuristic hi-tech features, Popplet boldly goes where no app has gone before, allowing its users to create star maps, document planetary facts, and study stellar phenomena. All the while encouraging them to think big – Universe big!
There’s a lot of light years to cover, so let’s get started by setting our sights close to home on our planet’s nearest celestial neighbor: The Moon. We know it well, we’ve even visited, although admittedly not for a while; moon travel doesn’t come cheap!
As the digital classroom becomes an everyday reality, Popplet is proud to be part of the Education Technology progression. Bringing together ideas and information from many sources, through Popplet’s intuitive but powerful features: text, images, videos, colors, and combining this with the capacity to collaborate, all adds up to an enhanced visual learning experience, much favored by educators of all disciplines.
Popplet is already highly thought of in the literacy classroom: a workhorse in reading and writing activities, Popplet is a big fan of books. Or more correctly, educators often employ Popplet to open and excite the minds of young learners to the life-long rewards of becoming active book readers. For the teacher, this carries with it the added benefit of achieving certain Common Core Standards in the process.
Popplet’s strong community of learners, educators and librarians do great work with books. Let’s take a look a closer look at some of what they are doing with books and Popplet.
Popplet is a user-friendly tech tool that is popular with teachers and students of all ages and disciplines. It is a mind-mapping application for the iPad and the web that lets you capture and organize your ideas. Popplet is versatile, with an easy to use interface and a comfortable level of functionality, but with robust features that are especially suited to learning environments.
Welcome to Top Popplet! We choose one of our favorite popplets, say why we think it’s great, and share it here so that everyone can see just how great it really is. Our hope is that Popplet people everywhere will be inspired to similar feats of popplet excellence.
The creative and industrious Popplet community are selfless in their efforts, sharing thousands of examples of their fine work every week. Numerous blogs, a multitude of Twitter and Facebook posts, and our very own Public Popplets section mean we are completely spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing Top Popplets. Nevertheless, choose we must, and this week we choose What RIGHT Means To You.
September has seen more than its fair share of inspiring ideas and we endeavor to bring the best of them to you here. In Top of the Popplets, our monthly roundup of the popplets shared by the Popplet community. This month the cycle of life is explored in How an Apple Tree Grows, there’s a Soccer Lineup, we learn all about Johnny Appleseed, and young grammar fans will love learning more about Proper Nouns.
How an Apple Tree Grows
Photographs of student drawings (easily uploaded to Popplet) and text come together naturally to form a simple, informative visual in this lifecycle popplet. This popplet looks like it would be a lot of fun to make. Lifecycles and processes look good on a Popplet board, and you can make a popplet about almost anything. Thanks to Mrs. Bunch’s class for sharing this fine example on Instagram:
Like all things Popplet, the Popplet Drawing Tool – we wanted to call it the Popplet Colored Pen, but it isn’t really a pen! – is a simple intuitive feature, which does exactly what it says on the box: it draws inside popples! However, in the hands of the Popplet community, the Popplet drawing tool has evolved into a hugely popular and useful feature, which when wielded effectively can add a whole other dimension to Popplet work: a superior visual learning tool, which is a lot of fun to use.
The drawing tool can be accessed by clicking on the circular features button that contains an image that looks suspiciously like a pen…or is it a pencil?
On selecting the tool, you have three options:
colors – a choice of, click to select one
expand – increases the size of the popple, providing a flexible canvas
clear drawing – for when you need to start again
At this point, we suggest that you jump right in and give it a go if you haven’t done so already. Sketch whatever you like and see how much fun it is. Or, if you’re not quite ready to surrender to your creative self quite yet, or if you’re seeking inspiration, take a look at what can be done.
Popplet is just perfect for the curious young hands and minds of Kindergarten students. With its highly intuitive and simple interface, thoughts and ideas are easily transferred, visualised and mapped using colors, images, text and drawings: A humble canvas for the limitless potential of our youngest users, who never fail to amaze us.
One reason Poppet is such a success with the early school years, is that it is a versatile enough tool to be employed effectively across the whole spectrum of Kindergarten subjects, we often see Popplet work from every area of the Kindergarten curriculum:
Another reason for Popplet’s popularity might be that behind every great Kindergartener, there is a great Kindergarten teacher proudly publishing the best of their student’s Popplet work, and we’re very glad that they do, because we are able to share it here.