Teacher Review for Popplet

A great web-based tool to use for mind-mapping, organizing or visualizing content.

Stephanie Y.
Technology coordinator
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My Subjects English Language Arts, World Languages, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
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
Whole class
Great with ELL
Low literacy
How I Use It
I have my students work with web-type graphic organizers a lot to synthesize information and put it into a more visual form after activities where they gather notes. The program is great because they can constantly add to the Popplet as we are working through the material, rearranging and moving boxes around and adding additional boxes. This was always a problem when we did a similar activity on paper, because it was hard for students to anticipate where they would need more room. They can also go out to Google images or their own camera to get images to add to their Popplet to further illustrate the idea. This is much quicker and encourages more higher order thinking than having them draw their own images or use magazines where they were limited with what they could find. Students can then turn their Popplet into an image file to turn in via an LMS. The free version of the Popplet app allows you to work on one Popplet at a time, while the paid version of the app allows you to save multiple Popplets. We found that it can be tough if multiple teachers are using Popplet for the students to use the free version because they would have to delete their Popplet for one class before they could start one for a new class. The paid version takes care of this issue. The web app has unlimited Popplets, so this is also not a problem through this access mode.
My Take
This is a go-to app for our district. It takes something that we've used in education for a long time (graphic organizers) and adds a little more oomph to them. The program can easily become a staple of your lessons, and kids like using the app and will chose to use it when given freedom to choose how to show their knowledge.