How I Use It
We used Popplet to create an organizer for a KWL in fifth grade today. Students put the main topic in the middle. Then students branched a Popple off of the central idea and colored it red. They labeled this prior knowledge. They then branched Popples off of the prior knowledge Popple, and added Popples for each thing they already know about. We created a Popple branching off the main topic in yellow and each student wrote three questions about the main idea. After completing our introductory lesson, we went back to our Popplet and added facts in green.
I like that each student was able to create their own Popplet, save it, and go back to it to add more. I like that we were able to use color to visually organize our thoughts. I think one awesome component of this app is that students can add pictures or draw. This gives many options for differentiating and modifying for different students. We were also able to make a whole-class Popplet using the online program projected on the SmartBoard. I wish that the online program was free for teachers to create unlimited Popplets. We can also projected directly from iPads, which was cool. Students loved it!