Web Wonder Week #19 – Popplet
Experienced teacher and tech visionary Dan Roberts shares practical ICT ideas to use in the classroom. This week get your class brainstorming online with the help of Popplet..
What is it?
Popplet lets you share ideas by brainstorming online using a sort of visual mind mapping tool. You can create your own Popplet using text, images, videos, weblinks or even hand-drawn pictures. Once you’ve finished you can share your Popplet electronically with others or you can download (as a JPEG or PDF) or print it out.
I showed Popplet to my year 9 class as a way of recording their ideas on a project we were working on. The other feature which we’ve still got to explore is the possibility of several students working on one Popplet at the same time. My class really enjoyed using this online tool, check out this example from one of my students.
How to use Popplet in the classroom
1. Ask students to summarise a individual lesson or a topic as a Popplet, which they can then share with their classmates.
2. Get your students to use Popplet as a tool to collect information that they are researching online. They can post links, images and videos and they can annotate anything they find with questions or opinions.
3. Teachers could create a Popplet with a series of questions or activities, the students could then work through the task at their own pace. The tool could also be used as a way of differentiating an activity during a lesson.
4. Students could use Popplet to plan out their work. For example they could use a Popplet to plan out an essay question before they answer it, they could even share it with a buddy who could then record their own feedback before it’s passed to the teacher for marking.
If you have a go at using this site then please leave a comment telling us a little bit more about how you used it and what the impact on learning was in your classroom.
Who is Dan Roberts?
Dan Roberts is a former deputy headteacher at Saltash.net Community School and is now headteacher at the International School Seychelles.
Dan is known to many who have read his blog as the ‘Chicken Man’ thanks to his work in the Recharge the Battery science project, which began when pupils wanted to rescue battery chickens from a local intensive farm to live a free-range life at the school. This scheme became the basis for a unique curriculum which has since been disseminated around the globe by Microsoft.
In recognition of his work, Dan won the ICT Visionary Award at the 2012 TES Awards, where he was commended as, “no one-trick pony (or even a one-trick chicken), but a bold scavenger who explores all sorts of different technologies and discovers new approaches for other teachers around the world”.
Keep up with Dan in on this blog and on Twitter @TesEdTech