I’ve mentioned Popplet in lots of posts before – it is one of the most useful and versatile classroom tools I’ve come across. I thought a quick post dedicated to how we use it in the classroom might be useful!

Popplet

It is both an iPad app and a web based app 

Getting started:

You can get into it immediately via the web app – you don’t need an account (though it is helpful – see below) – and the iPad app is also free to try.

There is a super easy to understand tutorial which guides you through the basics – great for sharing with staff and pupils!

Make good use of the ability to insert pictures, colours and text – it can make your mind-maps look really professional and gives a real sense of pride!

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In the classroom:

Children can quickly create ideas for writing, which can then be displayed and added to as the lesson goes on.

Clever use of colour means you can easily model the different branches of mind mapping and get children to do the same.

With iPads children can create, and add to, their mind maps then use them as prompts for their writing.

The mind maps can be exported as images and added to class blogs.

But register an account:

Children can work on Popplets – and then share them across platforms to view each other’s work.

Quickly share a Popplet that was created on the whiteboard with individual computers/iPads

Share a class account and let the children access it at home.

Quick ideas:
  • Writing – mindmapping plot ideas and stories which can then be viewed by the children as they write. I have used this with the iPad Writing Project – and it allowed us to build up lots of different ideas for story plots and characters, and add to them as we worked. The children could even use this at home.
  • Vocabulary work – using as a topic web for key words, concepts, meanings etc.. Again, as it is so quick to do it can be added to as the topic builds up, and accessed whenever they need to.
  • Science – mapping out exploration questions, and linking these to answers as they go on. For example with a recent look at material properties we were able to collate pictures of materials alongside their properties as we went through the afternoon.
  • Research – especially for topic work / non-fiction writing – mindmapping can bring order to their thoughts when done properly and using Popplet means they will be able to access these again (and they will look good!!)

The Popplet Blog has some really great ideas for making use of all the features! 

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