In Richard Byrne’s popular blog Free Technology for Teachers, there is a post called Popplet-Collaborative Mind Maps and Sticky Notes describing a service named Popplet. In short, Popplet is a cool tool that allows users to create aesthetically pleasing graphic organizers and organizational maps, perfect for all types of students. Tools such as Microsoft PowerPoint and printable, blank organizers are commonplace in schools, but Popplet is much more unknown. Students can add “popples,” find pictures, change colors and font, and more! This “online sticky note service,” according to Byrne, is a great way for any topic to be explained in a fun, multimedia way! Popplet is a great way to start- sign up for free and share your ideas!
To learn all about how to make your own Popplet, check out my Popplet named How to Make a Popplet, screenshotted below with a link to the page as well. This will be more interactive as well as informational. Be sure to play around with Zoom, Go Fullscreen, Help, Logout and Save options as shown in the screenshot below, at the top of the Popplet page.
There are numerous tools in order to edit a Popplet, at the top of each Popplet page and inside of each popple. Shown in the screenshot below are the four edit functions
inside of each popple, with a link to my Popplet itself. On the bottom left is the tool to change the color of the popple. In
the screenshot the popple is blue, but there is a variety of other colors to choose from. Next to this is the “A” button, or the font size and text shift option. The drawing tool to the right of that allows you to draw whatever you want inside the popple with your mouse. And to the very right is the “upload image” tool that gives you the option of uploading an image from Flickr, Vimeo, YouTube, or your own computer. I know that all of this can seem confusing and complicated, but once you are on the website and making your own Popplet, these edit functions will become a breeze. Also, in my own Popplet, How to Make a Popplet, all of this is explained and shown in an interactive fashion.
Also, you can watch the YouTube video included below for a step-by-step tutorial of how to make your very own Popplet. Basically, it reiterates everything I said in my Popplet and allows you to see it being done as well as the finalized product.
Something useful to keep in mind is that web-based Popplets will not show up on iOS devices like iPhones and iPads. Although you cannot view them from the devices, there is a great alternative to creating Popplets away from a computer with the Popplet Lite app in the iTunes store.
So tell me…How can Popplet be used by students and teachers in a classroom setting? Popplets for just about every subject imaginable can be found at Public Popplets to help jumpstart your imagination. I am interested in going into Spanish Education and English as a Second Language, so I can see myself having one English or Spanish word in the middle of a Popplet and multiple synonyms of that word in the surrounding popples to help my students broaden their vocabulary usage. Based on your specialized areas, what topics may be in your Popplets? In the following list are some great resources describing how Popplets have been used in classrooms all over the world! Enjoy!
- Popplet blog– from Popplet’s website itself, a blog with posts every day on new things to try with the service
- Classroom Magic with Popplet– another helpful post with an embedded video from Box of Tricks-Education and Technology
- Creative Ideas for Using Popplet– a post from the education blog titled Me, My PLN & EdTech
- A Popplet blog post– a good overview of Popplet from teachinghistory.org
- Learning to use Popplet in your classroom– Darcey Noska’s MSU Teaching Portfolio provides instructional ideas for Popplet, how to use it in your classroom, and more
- Using Popplet in a Math Classroom– for the math lovers, useful ideas from Love of Learning Blog