Teacher Review For Popplet

Fabulous tool for organizing ideas in any subject area

Holly S.
Classroom teacher
Fullerton School District
Fullerton, CA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, English Language Learning, World Languages, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
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
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
We used popplet for mind-mapping, timelines, vocabulary and more. It's simple enough to use that it takes just a few minutes to explain and I noticed that students went back to popplet throughout the year when they were given choice about how to complete assignments. I think that speaks volumes - it was certainly a top 10 app for my middle schoolers last year. Because popplets can save to the camera roll, kids used them frequently in app-smashing projects. One pain about the free version is that you can only work on one popplet at a time. My middle schoolers realized that you could slide one popplet off of the screen (imagine that the screen extends in an infinite direction beyond what is visible). You can then make a new one if needed...while still pulling the old one back when needed.
My Take
First off, we loved using it. I wish that the paid version were not so pricey, however, because $4.99 per head is not feasible in our district (even with a discount for the VPP). The collaborative feature of the paid version is something that I wish was available for all students.