Classroom magic with Popplet

Popplets can be shared on social networks or via email, exported as .jpg or .pdf files and embedded into websites. You can even invite others to collaborate on your popplets, enabling teacher-pupil collaboration or pair- and group-work

Popplet is a fun and intuitive web application that allows you and your students to create galleries, mind maps and diagrams quickly an incredibly easily. I mean it. Ridiculously easily.

Pictures can easily be searched and added directly from Flickr and Facebook. The same applies to YouTube videos.

Popplets can then be shared on social networks or via email, exported as .jpg or .pdf files and embedded into websites. You can even invite others to collaborate on your popplets, enabling teacher-pupil collaboration or pair- and group-work.

Popplets can be created in the classroom with the aid of your students, live on the interactive whiteboard. Choose some relevant pictures from Flickr and then elicit vocabulary from the students, which you can then add to the popplet and link to the relevant picture. At the end of the lesson your students have a resource to help them with their written homework which they themselves had helped to create.

I am also planning using Popplet as a presentation tool and I look forward to my pupils using Popplet to produce homework tasks, which can then be printed and turned into classroom displays.

This tool offers fantastic classroom potential and I can’t wait to get my students working with it.

What do you think?

José Picardo

José is Assistant Principal at Surbiton High School and a Fellow of the RSA and Naace. He is interested in improving education and the way technology can be used to enhance and transform teaching and learning. José has been curating Box of Tricks since 2007 and holds a MA in ICT and Education.

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  • Teca0607

    Great idea. Started one to see how it works. Thanks for sharing
    Esther Vieira

  • Northernbelle65

    José, unfortunately, I was not able to view the Popplet created by you and your students. U clicked the link, but received an error. I am also interested to know what sort of homework was assigned to the students based on the Popplet.

    • http://www.josepicardo.com José Picardo

      Hi there! It works fine for me and all the other people who have visited the site today. It sounds as if your browser is not Flash compatible. I recommend you you download and install the latest Flash player form Adobe and see whether that helps http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/

      • teachermrw

        Hi, José. I was viewing your post from my iPhone, which doesn’t have a Flash-compatible application. But, I did view it on my laptop. So, all is well. There was my other question: For what sort of homework assignment did your students complete based on the above Popplet?

        • http://www.josepicardo.com José Picardo

          Phew! Excellent. In terms of homework, this time round I simply asked my students to produce a piece of prose about their holidays using this popplet as a scaffold. A bit boring, but it was my first time. In future, I intend to ask my students to produce their own popplets on a given topic, perhaps collaboratively, with a view to printing them and decorating my classroom!

  • http://ms.beane.org Amity Beane

    Hi, I briefly tried to use this last week, but I am confused as to whether or not my students need to register? Even after I made it public, it seemed to want people to log in.

    • http://www.josepicardo.com José Picardo

      Yes, all participants must register. By making it public you are simply allowing others to view your popplet. If others want to collaborate they must register too.

  • swehelena

    Nice José! Yet another good tip from you, thank you! Reminds me a bit about Prezi, I haven’t done the whole tour of Popplet yet. Maybe you can cruise the result like in Prezi?

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  • http://twitter.com/MrAColley Mr A Colley

    My Y10s picked it up easily and loved the interface. It’s been great to get them collaborating and we’ve linked the results to our GCSE Posterous blog so everyone can use them for revision.

    How do you get around the issue of many logon combos for many sites? I’m teaching my pupils about caution when giving out personal data one minute, then asking them to sign up for another site account the next!

    • http://www.josepicardo.com José Picardo

      Thanks for your comment. Yes, internet safety is important and it is right that you should be teaching your pupils about it.

      My suggestion would be, if you are likely to use web applications to support teaching and learning, to ask your pupils to use their school email when signing up to these services.

      Alternatively, if this option isn’t available to you, consider suggesting to your pupils that they create an email account solely for this purpose.

      Hope that helps.

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  • Pete Watson

    Looks good, but can you only develop 5 popplets? I just tried it out and it looks really good, but when I clicked create popplet it said ‘You have 5 (then 4) left’. Seems a bit restrictive, or presumably do you have to pay to get more? Or delete some to make space for others?

    • http://www.josepicardo.com José Picardo

      Yes, the makers seem to see poppet as something you do, not something you save. If you do want to save a finished poppet you can export it as .pdf or .jpg without eating into your (minuscule) quota.

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