Popplet is a mind-mapping application and graphic organizer that helps students think and learn visually. With Popplet learners can capture facts, thoughts, ideas in different ways and immediately connect and visualize the relationships between them.
Popular with teachers and students, Popplet frequently makes an appearance in the ten favorite classroom apps lists that educators share on social media with their colleagues and fellows. Why does Popplet make it into the top ten EdTech apps so often?
Digital technology is definitely one of those areas where choice abounds, and even Popplet, best known for its clean simplicity and user-friendliness, comes in a few shapes and sizes – but not too many.
This choice exists so you can get the most out of Popplet because not everybody uses Popplet the same way. Plans and versions vary as to cost, device, and features, but don’t worry, choosing the correct Popplet plan is not at all daunting, it’s quite simple.
We are constantly impressed, astonished and even amazed at the incredibly innovative, creative and highly practical uses people find for Popplet. Organizing ideas, creating presentations, studying for exams, creating business plans….the list might just be endless. For education and classroom learning, for creative projects, and for business, Popplet is the go-to app for brainstorming, organizing, outlining concepts and thinking visually.
Text is a visual element, and there are very few popplets that don’t contain words of some sort. In fact, no small number of popplets contain anything other than text, relying on Popplet’s “blank canvas” and formatting features to share and express ideas. Words are often a vital feature of Popplet work, so let’s see what we can be done with them by first learning how to add them.
Here we have the latest installment in our new set of Popplet tutorials. If you have been paying attention, you will already know that the basic building blocks of any Popplet are called popples, and that they can be managed in multiple ways to store and display information. If you missed our previous tutorial, don’t worry, you can easily catch up by following the link at the end of this post. Now we’re going to focus the different types of information that can be added to Popplet and how to add it.
As you can see from above, Popplet is a very versatile tool that allows information to be added in a lot of different ways. Fortunately, Popplet is also incredibly intuitive – most five-year-olds get to know their way around a popplet board in the first thirty minutes or so. Alas, not all Popplet users are quite that young, so we decided to create a set of tutorials. In this one, we’re going to take a look at how to add images to popplet.
Popplet is a mind-mapping app, which offers a limitless canvas that lets users capture ideas then organize and connect them in a multitude of ways. It’s no surprise that vocabulary building and Popplet are such a good fit. A language might consist of millions of words – a daunting prospect for the language learner. Fortunately, getting to know each and every word is not how vocabulary building works. The key to understanding a lexicon is to navigate its vastness through its connections. Popplet is the perfect tool for this.
In our previous article, we introduced some ways to teach language learners vocabulary by employing Popplet’s user-friendly features. We hope we gave some indication of Popplet’s potential as an adaptable, effective application for the ESL classroom. Next, we are going to examine more vocabulary building strategies by focussing on:
Popplet is efficient, fun and simple to use. So simple, and so much fun that before you know it, even the best intentioned of popplet boards can quickly become cluttered and a little unmanageable. And as the fun of adding more and more information takes hold, popples might just start to get a touch unruly. Not to worry! Most of the time order can be quickly restored to a popplet board by employing simple formatting techniques such as:
Creating additional popplets, and using Popplet Linker to connect them.
Adding textual information to Popplet Comments, clearing space on the main board.
Making Popple Stacks using the formatting tools located in the organize menu to cleverly create the temporary space big enough to hold all of your ideas
Popplet is the perfect tool for visualizing ideas, processes and information and its intuitive and friendly interface means that impressive and valuable work product can often be instantly created. There are also times when a Popplet’s visual impact and effectiveness can be improved by applying formatting techniques:
For increased clarification and simplification of ideas
When there are a large number of popples on a single board
Collaborating on a popplet
Just because you want your popplet to look better
Popplet comes equipped with a set of formatting tools that are more than a match for all formatting needs, and with them, even the most unruly popples can be brought into line. They can be accessed through organize located in the cog menu:
Who can see my Popplet? – a frequently asked question, especially by educators and parents. The answer is that it’s entirely up to you. If a popplet makes you so proud that you want to share it with a wider audience, then you can. On the other hand, if you would like a little privacy, or even total privacy, you can have that too.
Popplet features a range privacy levels that let you manage who can see your popplets, and how. Safe and simple, like all things Popplet. The different levels are outlined below:
“for your eyes only”, make this popplet private, a popplet’s default privacy setting
“need to know”, make this popplet public, but don’t show in public popplets
“me, you…everybody”, make this popplet public, and show in public popplets
Popplet Comments lets you add extra information in text form to individual popples, storing this information discretely behind the main popplet board and adding a whole new dimension to your collaborative work.
Like all things Popplet, this feature is simple and powerful. It is also remarkably versatile and can be advantageously employed in many different situations. Discover how to make your Popplets better and more accessible to others by simply adding comments. Take a look at some of the things Popplet users are doing:
Hold onto thoughts or ideas that you aren’t quite ready to let go of – could be a whole other Popplet!
Prevent Popplets from becoming cluttered by storing stuff as comments.
Take notes: in class, during meetings, anywhere…connect notes to visuals.
Create creative text, while using photos or images as visual cues for inspiration.
Add research notes to your Popplet work, which can then be shared.
Show your working, shed some more light on your process.
Work together,collaborate on projects/homework.
Real time communication in group/classroom work.
How to Add Comments
To activate comments all you have to do is select a popple to highlight it, then click on the black comment bubble that sits just above the top right hand corner:
***UPDATE: As of January 2018, it will no longer be possible to add videos to your popplets from YouTube using the method below. This DOES NOT that mean you can’t add YouTube videos, you can. Click here to learn how. The Vimeo function is unaffected and you can still add videos directly from Vimeo following the instructions below.***
One of Popplet’s most popular features is that video from Youtube and Vimeo can be directly and instantly added to any Popplet you are working on. Recently, we’ve made some improvements to this feature. We have added more search options and provided a new friendlier, cleaner interface. If you have been adding videos to your Popplet work recently, the process is now so simple and so seamless, that you could be forgiven for not noticing these improvements at all!
Just imagine the perfect video for your popplet, and a few moments later, there it is, a part of your work forever. Of course, if you change your mind, you can change the video! With Vimeo and Youtube, you will always have a broad and rich selection available to bring life to your popplets. So how’s it done?
There are now three ways to add videos. Take a look at this Planet Popplet: