Teacher Review For Popplet

Popplet is a great graphic organizing too!

Rae Ann S.
Technology coordinator
Hempfield School District
Landisville, PA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I've used Popplet with students with students in many curriculum areas. In a language arts lesson fifth graders created Popplets to analyze characters in a book, incorporating images that illustrated the characteristics that they were describing. They loved all of the options in the app, such as the ability to change font size and to group "popples" together by color-coding them. During a science unit second graders used Popplet to demonstrate what they learned about composting by adding pictures of things that should and should not go into a compost. With both age groups, it took very little instruction to get the kids using the app. In large groups, it's a great way to introduce a topic to visually display what students already know, as well as for pre-writing and brainstorming sessions. I've even taught from a popplet I created in staff development sessions rather than presenting the information in a linear fashion as is so often done. This app has become one of my favorite go-to apps for students to use to share information in a visually appealing creative way!
My Take
Popplet is an excellent way for students to create graphic organizers to organize and share what they have learned! It is easy to use, allows the user to incorporate images and text, and can be exported to photos to be shared via a website. I was at an iPad Summit where students were demonstrating how they used Popplet to explain concepts in their second grade math curriculum. They showed me how easy it was to create a popplet and were very enthusiastic about what they were creating I couldn't wait to try it back in my own district. I did quickly discover that the free version of the app does not allow for collaboration, which disappointed me but both the paid version of the app and website do (if students set up an account). It's easy to send finished Popplets to the iPad camera roll!