How I Use It
Popplet is a great tool that can be used for many different functions and allows for differentiation of student learning. Although it is generally thought of as a tool used mainly in English classes, Popplet has proven to be a valuable resource in my History class. For example, when assigned an inquiry-based lesson, my students create guiding questions that will help them answer the "essential question". Throughout their research, they are to mind map their answers to these guiding questions, and their relation to / support of the essential question. This helps them focus on pertinent information throughout their research, and generate ideas and concepts that will be useful within their final response.
Some other useful ways in which to use Popplet within a historical setting include: having students generate historical timelines, a bibliography of a historical figure, or represent the cause and effect relationships of key historical events. For instance, in reference towards this last usage, when studying America's road to revolution against Britain, students can map out the progression of discontent felt by the American colonists against the British crown and Parliament. This would cause the students to analyze specific events experienced by the colonists under British rule, and evaluate them in terms of the amount of colonial unrest each caused. Afterwards, students could use their Poppet-generated mind map for a notation organizer, study tool, or projected graded assignment.
What I like about Popplet is the amount of differentiation it allows students for notation and to express their understanding. Students can upload text, images, and videos to show their knowledge of the topic at hand. Therefore, this is a very useful tool for students who have difficulty writing their ideas, or who think differently than what may be expected from the teacher. Also, Popplet allows for collaboration between students to create an organizer / mind map within a small group. This is perfect for an assignment that is jiggsawed or one that may require multiple perspectives. Lastly, this tool provides a great way for students to track their knowledge and understanding throughout the course of a unit, providing an essential study tool for summative assessments.