Popplet Icebreaker Activities For The Beginning Of Term

Are you back to school or college yet? Maybe you never went away – depends where you are in the world. Anyway, if you are returning from a well-earned break, it’s now time to shake off the summer holiday routine and get back into the school work rhythm. A painful process for some, but you’ll be raring to go in no time and Popplet might just be able to help.

Learners often find themselves with new classmates at this time of year: going to a new school, moving onto college from school, beginning to study new subjects… and this is a good thing. Differing relationships is important as we grow and learn from each other. However, making friends with your new learning buddies can take time, so for teachers, it’s a good idea to have a few “icebreakers” on hand at the start of the academic year. Here are a few simple Popplet activities that will help new classmates get to know each other quickly.

Getting to Know You: The Self Popplet

Popplet lets students add information to create informative and imaginative visuals. A good activity to begin the new school term, when not everyone in a class or group may know each other, is to have students create popplets about themselves and compare them in a mingle activity with their classmates. Have a look at this Popplet from 5th-grader Heather:

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10 Reasons To Carry Popplet In Your Digital Pencil Case

Many students use digital devices that contain tools to enhance their learning, a bit like the traditional pencil case that most students still carry. Limited space means only vital tools can fit in the pencil case. Same should go for digital equivalents: tablets, smartphones, Chromebooks… but that’s not the norm. There are currently so many learning apps available that devices often become cluttered in a way that the traditional pencil case can’t. So, to get the most out of your digital pencil case, you need to choose your tools wisely.

There are a lot of solid, useful educational apps out there and choosing what’s best can be a perplexing decision.  From what and our users tell us Popplet is a valuable addition to any digital pencil case and well worth having. If you’re new to Popplet or even a bit of a digital novice then there’s no better place to start. Here’s why.

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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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Popplet People on Twitter – More Great Popplet Ideas

Popplets can be found anywhere on the planet. We have proof: when Popplet has issues (everyone has issues sometimes), we are quickly able to resolve them because Popplet people let us know about them in multiple languages. Popplet’s ubiquitousness is known to us for other more positive reasons of course, one of which is Popplet’s strong presence on the internet and social media.

A quick Google search will reveal the wealth of Popplet articles and images published every day. Popplets can also be found on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. For a constant stream of great Popplet ideas, however, we suggest you check out Popplet on Twitter.

Educators and students of all disciplines and every level use Twitter. Writers, artists, and other creatives use Twitter. Entrepreneurs, business people, and other professionals use Twitter. In fact, there really is no way to define a Twitter user – people from every walk of life use Twitter for different things. What’s important to us, is that a great many people use Twitter to publish their Popplet work.

Of course, we keep a close eye on Twitter, but sometimes we are so impressed by what we see, that a simple retweet doesn’t do a Popplet idea justice. So we thought we’d bring some of the best of Popplet Twitter to you.

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10 Good Reasons To Put Popplet In Your Digital Backpack

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?

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Popplet People: Sheeba Ajmal, Technology For A Cause

"technology has the power to transform the lives of individuals"How to fund the digital revolution that has taken place in all sectors of education over the last twenty years has been the pressing, constant question for many administrators. Quality technology costs as does its implementation and training. Even with Education Technology suppliers such as Popplet offering substantial discounts to institutions there exists huge financial disparities at a local and global level. Ensuring that learners are provided with equal learning opportunities seems like an impossible task – unless you’re Sheeba Ajmal that is.

“I firmly believe technology has the power to transform the lives of individuals.”

Sheeba founded the Pakistan based organization Technology For A Cause – Enhancing Skills Empowering Kids, which works with children in the most challenging economic conditions harnessing the power of the global nature of new technologies to level the playing field when it comes to equal opportunity learning. Her work first came to our attention when she shared some of her student’s Poppplet creations on Facebook. We got in touch with Sheeba to learn more about her work.

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Top of the Popplets! – August 2016

Good, practical Popplet ideas have been the hallmark of August, and we have chosen the best of the bunch for this month’s roundup of inspiring Popplet ideas. Our favorite August popplets are The Mexican Revolution, Orchestra Instrument Families, Storytelling with Popplet, and Using Emojis. And if none of these popplets grab you, there are a lot more on our Twitter, and Facebook page, and in Public Popplets.

 

Storytelling With Popplet: The Fisherman and his Wife

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The very first thing you have to do is click this seesaw link. Done that? – Ok. Now that we’re all on the same page, there really isn’t any need for me to explain just how awesome this storytelling popplet is. The Fisherman and his Wife; created by one of Miss Larnerd’s 2nd-graders breaks down easily into Characters, Setting, and Plot. Add to this mix some very cool drawings (you could try the Popplet Drawing Tool for these) uploaded as images, the text of the story, and last but not least an impressive narrator’s soundtrack – provided by the student of course – and the result is an impressive, creative audiovisual presentation. How much fun is this? Thank you so much for sharing.

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Two Minute Tutorial: Collaborating with Popplet

All ideas great or small can find a home in Popplet: from a simple “to do” list to the exciting seeds of a new project.  And when it’s time for good ideas to become great ideas then it’s time to share them. 

Popplet helps you to share your work by adding collaborators. When you add collaborators you will be able to:

  • Invite and receive feedback on your work
  • Ask and answer questions
  • Participate in classroom activities in real time
  • Set and participate group assignments and group discussions
  • Work together on projects in real time
  • Assign access levels and user permissions

There are 2 levels of collaboration:

  1. Popplet Comments – great for feedback and note taking as Popplet Comments do not appear in the main popplet board.
  2. Editing – as well as comments, collaborators can add new popples to a Popplet board.

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People Who Love Music Love Popplet

From time immemorial the People Of The World have been been Lost In Music. Be it the primal powerful drumming of our ancestors or the sophisticated orchestral opus, music has the power to cross every cultural, linguistic and geographical divide.  

Considering the immeasurable impact music has on our lives, a closer inspection of Popplet’s special relationship with music lovers everywhere was long overdue. So we went On The Road Again, travelled Up The Country and tried to Break on Through… and we had a great time doing it!…but what did we learn? Well, what we discovered is that Everyday People who love music, love using Popplet. Here are some of your Greatest Hits. Continue reading

Two Minute Tutorial: Collaborating with Popplet Comments

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:

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