Pop Art: 9 Ways To Use The Popplet Drawing Tool

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?

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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.

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Ten Great Ways to Use Popplet in the Kindergarten Classroom

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.

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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:

  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Science

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.

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Top of the Popplets! – February 2016

Welcome to the round up of the best Popplets shared on our Twitter, Facebook and Public Popplet pages in the month of February. If you’re searching for ideas and inspiration, or if you just want to know what Popplet is all about, then this is the place to be.

Luke Skywalker’s Letter

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Not so long ago, in a galaxy not so far away (Wales!), a novice in Mr Tilley’s Primary School Classroom had an idea: “find the droid BB8 and save the the universe!”. In his quest to locate this loyal droid, a young classroom Jedi named Luke Skywalker gained intimate knowledge of the key features of the little known and almost long forgotten art of letter writing. Brandishing only The Force and Popplet, and under the instruction of Master Tilley, a beacon of hope for all the inhabitants of the Galaxy was created in the form of a popplet. This symbol will long serve as a fine example to those who wish to learn something of the old ways of communicating. May the force be with you young Luke, the citizens of Planet Popplet send you their gratitude. Continue reading

Top of the Popplets! – January 2016

Welcome to the first edition of 2016 for our roundup of all the great Popplets shared by our users each month. If you are searching for inspiration, looking for something specific, or just want to see what Popplet is all about then this just might be the place for you. A useful, varied and impressive display of Popplets, and a fit beginning to a whole new year. An inspiring beginning! Well done everyone.

Rees Parent Technology Night

So impressed were we with the Rees Parent Technology Night popplet, that we were especially careful in uncovering its true creator just in case such masterly work be misaligned. The creator is no other than  Paul Baez, experienced educator and Principal of Rees Elementary School, Houston.  This Poster/Flyer type Popplet really is a beautifully presented, bilingual bonanza of ideas, the sum of which is an enticing invitation to the Rees Parent Technology Night, where parents are being asked to get to know the technology their children are learning with. Essential information in text popples, QR codes linking to Youtube videos making it interactive (fabulous!) and if that wasn’t enough, there are prizes too! Great work, nicely done. We wish we went to this school. Thanks Paul, we hope the Parent’s Night goes well.

POPPLET TIP: Finished popplets can be saved as pdf, jpeg or png files and they can be sent by email or printed for display or distribution. You can make perfect Popplet flyers or Popplet posters for an event, or to display your Popplet work. Continue reading

Top of the Popplets! – December 2015

Welcome to this year’s final instalment of Top of the Popplets! It may be the holiday season, but there has been no end to your fantastic Popplet ideas. We hope that you will be inspired and impressed by December’s offerings, and by all of the Popplets that have been featured in Top of the Popplets this year. We at Popplet have certainly enjoyed your work and your company. With this being the traditional time of the year for reflection on things past, and for contemplating on things future coupled with the forging of obligatory good intentions, we here at Popplet solemnly resolve to continue bringing you as many of your amazing Popplet ideas as possible in the coming year! For now,  from all of the Popplet team, we wish you a very happy and prosperous 2016! Thank you for all of your creative and insightful work. 

UK Floods (Dec 2015)

December 2015 has seen it’s fair share of bad weather and this has been captured in UK Floods (Dec 2015), created by students from Framingham Earl High School’s (Norwich, UK) award-winning Geography department. This Popplet makes good use of color and text to give a current, relevant and clear account of a recent UK weather incident. Additional information, analysis and news reports are useful, informative additions. There has been a lot more bad weather both in the UK, and other parts of the world this Christmas – we look forward to further reports! Thank you FEHS Geography Dept.

POPPLET TIP: Videos can be added directly to Popplet, learn about it here: Popplet Video.

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A Spooky Popplet Halloween

Halloween is rich in tradition and steeped in superstition; a genuinely sacred night for some, and a traditional night of warm family fun for many others. This is the one night a year when Scary Ghosts, Wicked Witches, Evil Spirits and all manner of Creepy Crawlies roam the Earth with impunity  – so watch out, stay home, be safe! Should anyone (or anything!) knock on your door, be nice! Because we all know what happens to people who aren’t nice on Halloween, don’t we?

Dressing up, trick or treating, going to parties and having fun are just some of the things us mere mortals do to entertain themselves when evil is loose.  For a great many others,  Halloween also means making stuff: costumes, masks, lanterns and decoration, and yes, Popplets! We took a look at how Popplet people were busying themselves by getting into the spirit of Halloween, but be warned, what we found is not for the faint hearted. Continue reading

Public Popplet of the Month: September 2015

September brings our second instalment of our popular new series Public Popplet of the Month. Every week, we raid the valuable resource that is Public Popplets, selecting the most exciting examples of your Popplet work – which can also be viewed on Twitter.  At the end of every month, we draw your best work together in one easy to read article, so Popplet users everywhere (ourselves included!) can be interested, impressed, and inspired by what fellow Popplet users all over the world are creating. 

Public Popplets is home to a vast and incredibly useful library of Popplet work. Popplets on every subject imaginable, in multiple languages and of all degrees of simplicity can be found there. As a source of inspiration, admiration and ideas for those about to popplet, it cannot be equalled. But it is so much more: check out our previous article on the many uses of Public Popplets to see just how cool Public Popplets really are.

So, without further ado, in order of publication date, September’s best Public Popplets:

Borrowing Money

Borrowing Money

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Public Popplet of the Month

Yes, it’s time…Public Popplet of the Month time! If you have been paying attention to your Twitter feeds lately, you will have noticed that for the last four weeks we have been painstakingly selecting and sharing a weekly example of what we consider to be the finest Popplets published that week. Popplets created by you and generously shared with all of Poppledom; really, our praise knows no bounds. Thank you!

Public Popplets is home to a vast and incredibly useful library of Popplet work. Popplets on every subject imaginable, in multiple languages and of all degrees of simplicity can be found there. As a source of inspiration, admiration and ideas for those about to popplet, it cannot be equalled. But it is so much more: check out our previous article on the many uses of Public Popplets to see just how cool Public Popplets really are.

So, without further ado, in order of publication date, this month’s best Public Popplets:

La Mariposa (The Butterfly)

La Mariposa

Simple, elegant and informative. Clear and colorful visuals, good layout and minimal text make the lifecycle of the butterfly an almost tangible experience. Sublime work. Thank you Silvia.

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