Popplet – Super Simple, Super smart, Super fun.
Popplet is a platform for sharing your ideas. It is a combinations of mind-mapping, chart-making, presentations and idea creation. Free to sign up, popplet is now my current favorite Web 2.0 tool.
Step 1: Create a Popplet
Name your new project and pick a colour for your platform – Super Simple!!
Step 2: Begin your creation
Double click to add a bubble as seen in the image to the left.
This bubble allows you to; change the colour of the bubble, type stuff, draw things or add a picture – Super Smart!!
Step 3: Let your imagination flow
Features similar Bubbl.us allows you to easily move the position of each bubble and add/remove bubbles if need – Super Fun!!
Step 4: Presentation
Presenting your Popplet ideas is simpler to Prezi – zooming in and out on ideas. By clicking on an area of your presentation it automatically zooms in on the area.
Examples of Popplets used in Subjects
History: Napoleon Business – History of a Product
Uses for Popplet
- Explores ideas; mind-mapping, brainstorming, presentations
- Plans projects
- Records thoughts; journal/notes/lists
- Inspiration board; mood boards/scrapbook
- Study help; notes/projects
- Collaboration; Group projects/presentations
Flemming Funch (1995) proposed that “minds do not naturally work in straight lines. Rather they consist of associations radiating out (or in) from many different connection points.” Then why is it that most of what we do in the classroom is linear presentation? During teacher education, there is a huge emphasis on linear structure of lessons – Starter, Main body and Conclusion – moving continuously from one to the next in a linear format. This linear format of lessons have become the norm in teaching and learning, which in my opinion has increase the lack of creativity, confusion, limitations and restrictions on spontaneous learning.
Non-linear presentations of knowledge, however, increase creativity, problem solving, spontaneous learning etc. Our minds can flow most smoothly when allowed to work freely and radiantly, without following a restricted format.
I have complied a collection of web 2.0 tools, which can help make the transition from linear presentations to non-linear presentations:
Coggle Wise Mapping Bubbl MindMup
Non- Linear Presentation Tools
Prezi Popplet Projeqt
Free to set up and easy to use! Coggle is a web-based mind-mapping software. It requires new users to sign up through Google and then let your creative juices flow! The mind-maps are colourful, easy to follow and makes for very attractive learning. Once you finish your mind-map simply download your creation and it’s yours forever.
Here is an example of a mind-map which I created using coggle.
2. Wise Mapping
Takes a while to get use to but once you get the hang of it, wise-mapping is a simple and quick-operating web-based programme. Wise mapping provides a platform to share your creations with the world by publishing you mind-map.
Here is an example of a mind-map I created using Wise Mapping.
Extremely easy to use, with no need to sign up! This is a good website which students could use to create their own mind-maps.
Here is an example of a mind-map I created using Mind-Mup.