And the nominees are…

Thanks to our education users, Popplet was nominated this year for an EduBlog Award in the Best web tool category. We are honored to be amongst other great classroom education technology aids. We hope to always be improving and enhancing our app features for classroom use.

We also have a few ideas in the pipeline to provide more resources via this blog and on education sites about how to make the most of using Popplet in the classroom, and we look forward to sharing blogs on:

  • Lesson plans for various subjects
  • Classroom activities for different age levels
  • Study aid techniques using Popplet.

If you would like to contribute or share any examples with us, please contact us. (That’s also the email link to use if you have any concerns or problems regarding Popplet, or you can post a comment or idea on our community feedback pages.)

Edublog awards 2011The EduBlog Awards started in 2004 as a way to demonstrate the value of social media and web 2.0 tools to enhance learning and classroom activity. At the time, many schools and education institutions were introducing blanket bans on using these technologies and Edublog wanted to turn this around and show how they could be used to aid classroom learning and student engagement, rather than be a new source of distraction or interruption. Their goal was to demonstrate the educational value of social media and web 2.0 technologies. Each year, based on nominations and votes from education users, the site awards blogs, web 2.0 media and tools in categories including:

  • Best individual, class and ed tech blogs,
  • Best twitter discussion,
  • Best use of media
  • Best educational use of a wiki.

This year, the EduBlog Awards team has included a Best web app tool category and Popplet is one of a staggering 60 tools that made it through as a finalist! We have some strong competition and are proud to be nominated. You can see the full list at the EduBlog awards site. It’s a great list of education technology information sources and web 2.0 tools. Like Popplet, some of our fellow nominees – in all categories – offer inspiring knowledge on how to share ideas and great tools for use when organizing information, or encouraging collaborative team management beyond the classroom as well as in it.

What are your favorites from the EduBlog nominees list? Share them in the comments below! Thank you to everyone who nominated Popplet for an EduBlog award.

Share Ideas Or Stay In Control?

Work collaboratively and effectively

Popplet lets you share ideas and work collaboratively on projects. We have developed three levels of permission to let you manage your groupwork using Popplet and will continue to improve these capabilities. We get queries every week to our support email and to our online community page asking for clarification on how to use Popplet collaboratively. (Which reminds us – if you have a question or feedback, please share it with us by email or at our community page!)

Share ideas at three permission levels

You can use Popplet to work collaboratively in three ways:

share ideasShare ideas: This level allows you to show your popplet to others. You can email the page reference, embed it in your blog, or share it via Twitter or Facebook. When you share the popplet URL page or embed it in your blog, your readers will be able to move around your popplet and zoom in and out, but they will not be able to alter any content. You can see the choices for sharing your popplet board by clicking on the share button in the right hand top corner. First, you will be asked to make your popplet board public, and after that you can email it, embed it, tweet about it or post it to your Facebook page. (Don’t forget, you can also save your popplet as a PDF or JPEG and send it to people as an attachment.)

work collaboratively buttonCollaborate (add): This level of permission allows you to share your popplet and nominate others in your team as collaborators. They will be able to add to your popplet with new popples and connectors. When you work collaboratively, the name tag function comes in handy: you can see who has added popples and expanded on your original work. Your team can also use the comments function to explain the thinking behind their popple content. Click on the peg people symbol and add your team mates. To work collaboratively, your team mates must already have a Popplet account, or you can enter their email addresses and they will be sent an email and invited to join.

work collaborativelyCollaborate (edit): This level of permission lets your collaborators make changes to your existing work, as well as add more popple content. Under the gear cog (settings) symbol, choose “Popplet labs” and “Popplet permissions” from the drop-down menu. Select the option to let any collaborator edit your original popplets and click OK to save.

In 2012, we will be adding more features to help you to work collaboratively using Popplet. Please let us know on our Facebook page how you use Popplet to share ideas, and what additional features you need.