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Kids can learn to organize ideas and elaborate on them with Popplet. Creating Popplets will help kids prepare and present projects as well as plan their writing. Since kids can work collaboratively in real time, Popplet also is a great brainstorming tool. It's also versatile and can help teens organize their thoughts and make sense of information they're learning.
Ease of Play
Part of the beauty of Popplet is its ease of use. You'll pick up on the basics without a problem. Video tutorials are available, too.
Products & Purchases
The free version (Popplet Lite) comes with only one Popplet.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Popplet is a mind-mapping tool that can be especially helpful for kids who have problems with organization and visual memory. The app allows kids to insert words, images, and their own drawings to help kids who benefit from visual presentation. It also has many uses, including classroom use for instruction and student projects. The terms of service prohibit kids younger than 13 from creating accounts, but the developer's policy does allow for parent/guardian or teacher-created accounts to be overseen by an adult and used by kids. Popplet allows collaboration and sharing of the creations, so objectionable content could get through. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to Popplet.
Is It Any Good?
This productivity app has many uses, in business, personal planning and management, and education. It's fascinating and really easy to use. Kids may be drawn to the visual pop the Popplets have, especially when they add images and video and utilize the social aspects of sharing and collaborating in real time. However, the content kids create and share is wide-open -- so Popplet is technology, similar to texting and social media, that parents may want to keep a watchful eye on.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.