Friday, February 14, 2014

Friday's App: Popplet

To round off our week of classroom apps, I've chosen to showcase the app Popplet.

As many of my readers know, I'm a big fan of graphic organizers. As such, I'm also a big fan and user of Inspiration Software and Kidspiration. Both are computer-based programs that have since had iPad apps created for them (each with paid and free versions). 

Popplet is a similar brainstorming-esque application that allows users a wide variety of options. Popplet allows students to brainstorm and create mind maps, draw diagrams and process charts, record their thoughts through journals, notes and lists, collect inspiration through mood boards and scrapbooks, and present a wide range of galleries through photo albums, portfolios, and presentations.

Students can use the drawing tool and draw their own images or can import pictures from the web or camera roll. 

Popplet is a great brainstorming app that allows for scaffolding and differentiation. It is easy to set up and easy to use. I found a great Popplet tutorial here - it takes you step-by-step in creating a popplet. 

Popplet has both a free and paid version of the app. Popplet Lite only allows you to create one popplet. The paid version of Popplet lets you create an unlimited amount of popplets and save them onto your device. (Again, the paid version outweighs the "lite" version of the app!) 

If you're looking for a creative, engaging way to let students create mind maps and brainstorm their ideas, Popplet gets you there.

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  1. Just wondering, do you have a preference between kidspiration and popplet?

  2. Hi, Tina! Although I've used both in the classroom (and like both), I prefer Popplet. I think it's a little bit more user-friendly and the kids find it easier to navigate and create visual thinking maps with. For a special education class like mine, ease of use is a great thing and the app lets my students be independent when they're creating.

    Thank you for leaving a comment! :)