Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Awesome iPad App: Popplet

Popplet allows users to visualize and organize ideas into graphic organizers, mind maps, timelines, diagrams and more. Add text, free writing, images, and color to your Popplet canvas. Help students think and learn visually by compiling facts and thoughts and create relationships between them.

A popplet is the entire board that popples live on. A popple is an individual bubble that is part of the popplet. With Popplet Lite you can create only one Poppet.

Popplet Lite is free, but is limited to one popplet. The full version costs $4.99 or discounted through Apple’s VPP. The full version allows you to create unlimited popplets stored on the iPad or online populist which can be shared and edited by other Poppet users.

  1. Tap the gear and select make new popple.
  2. Changes the color of the popple.
  3. Add text. The only formatting options are 3 sizes and justification.
  4. Free draw inside the popple.
  5. Insert an image from the camera, camera roll, or clipboard.
  6. Tap any dot to add another popple in that direction.
  7. Change the background color of the popplet.
  8. Tap Export to save the popplet as a PDF or JPEG. These file types are not editable. Another way to get the popplet off the iPad is to take a screen shot and insert it into another app.

Integration Ideas

  • Use images and text to create a visual biography or presentation of a topic.
  • Create a timeline
  • Use the popplet boxes to divide words into syllables.
  • Practice adjectives (put a picture in the center and students brainstorm adjectives around it)
  • Create a word web
  • Use pictures to show a concept (i.e. ways to make 5)
  • Brainstorming
  • Visualize the structure of a paragraph or essay with main idea and supporting details.
  • Storyboarding
  • Character analysis.
Download the Tech Integration Challenge for Popplet and see if you are up to the challenge!

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