Back to School with Popplet


Age Scale: 5+

Quick Line:  Popplet to Produce!

What Educators Need to Know:

In an attempt to freshen up my first week, I put myself on Twitter. If you are an educator, and you are not on Twitter, you should be. There are AMAZING people doing AMAZING things in classrooms all over the world and are sharing their free resources and advice. Reading tweets is like popping snacks- quick, satisfying, and oh so good.  I don’t know why I resisted the urge to join for so long.  I guess I was trying to avoid such craziness as #sharknado!  Ha!

I found this link to starting the new year with technology:

[I must mention that this was tweeted by @mattbgomez and is a post from Karen Ogen’s blogspot site:  Matt B Gomez has an AWESOME blog.]

The very first idea caught my attention because it used an app called Popplet Lite.  I have used this app several times.  It is a very intuitive app that allows users to make graphic representations  while brainstorming, diagramming, listing, scrap-booking, presenting, and planning.  A quick tap produces a rectangle (popple) which can be stretched, moved, labeled, and filled with a photo.  The sides and corners of the popple can be connected to other popples to show relationships.  Think:  graphic organizers!  The Lite version (FREE) allows users to create a single popplet, save as a jpeg to the photo library, and email as either a jpeg or pdf.  This is what I have been using.  The paid version ($4.99) lets you create an unlimited number of popplets, which can be shared and edited by other Popplet users on the Popplet website and on other iPads.

The idea is to have the students create a graphic representation of themselves using popples.  Here is a quick mock-up of a Popplet about me!

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I have used Popplet after reading quite a bit.  For example, my kiddos tackled a nonfiction article about the Titanic.  Although the article detailed the events of its demise, they were not in chronological order!  Those tricky authors!  I had students create a timeline Popplet to show exactly what happened in the order in which it happened.  I hope it solidified exactly how quickly it actually sank!

I’m not sure if I should invest in the full/paid version.  Any thoughts?  Care to share any of your uses for Popplet?

Oh, and let’s connect on Twitter!

Price:  FREE (for Lite version)


$4.99 for Full Version:



  1. […] As you know, I started the year off by having the students create graphic organizers to tell more about themselves by using the Popplet app. [I invested in the full version ($4.99) because I was afraid students would need to return to their projects to edit/finish. This proved to be an essential move] They were thrilled and completely ran with it! But sharing their creations with me… That was a little more complicated.  See my original post here. […]