Popplet App Guide

by Casey Crumbley

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Publisher's Overview

In the classroom and at home, students use Popplet for learning. Used as a mind-map, Popplet helps students think and learn visually. Students can capture facts, thoughts, and images and learn to create relationships between them.

Available on both the iPad and the web, you can create Popplet boards and access them from either platform.

Popplet. (n.d.). Retrieved September 24, 2016, from http://popplet.com/

My Overview

I've used Popplet as a classroom teacher and have now introduced Popplet to many teachers while being the Media Specialist at my school. Popplet is an app that students can use to make graphic organizers. These Popplets can then be saved to the iPads as a picture (jpeg) and printed. Students can use Popplet to organize facts before writing, or sequence events before they write. They can also use the app to organize what they have learned about topics such as ecosystems, food chains, the order of operations, American heroes, and historical events. Students can create Popplets and then present their Popplet to the class. This is a very versatile tool that can be used with just about any subject and grades K-12. If you can double click, you can create a Popplet!

You can use the app Popplet Lite for free, but there are restrictions. You cannot save your work and work on it later. If another students has the iPad and wants to create a new Popplet they will have to delete the previous Popplet. You can save it as an image to the iPad, but you will not be able to edit the Popplet later.

Students can also access Popplet through the computer if you buy subscriptions for your students. There is not a free version to use on the computer. That is why I use it as an app on the iPad compared to the web-based version. Also, you can purchase the app for $4.99 and sync all of your iPads to have it each one to have less restrictions. If you purchase the app, you will have unlimited boards, be able to change colors in your notes and Popplet boards as well as the ability to export your Popplets as JPEGs and send to an email. Sending to your email would be an easy way for you to print each Popplet or embed the Popplets onto your website. Overall, this is a terrific resource that I would recommend using for students to organize and present their ideas on a specific topic.