Popplet

Common Sense Media says

Mind-mapping tool's visual "pop" will engage teens.

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What parents need to know

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.

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Consumerism

The free version (Popplet Lite) comes with only one Popplet.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Popplet's terms of service explicitly state that the service is only for those 13 years and older, but its education blog's FAQ says that parents or guardians (or teachers) can create student accounts and oversee them. Since kids can collaborate and share Popplets, they should understand that any information they share can be seen by others. Though accounts and posts may be deleted, the data may remain in the company's servers.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • presenting to others

Skills

Creativity

  • brainstorming
  • combining knowledge
  • making new creations

Communication

  • presenting

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Popplets are fun to create, and kids will enjoy adding content to them and viewing them.

Learning Approach

The app's design allows kids to easily make connections and delve deeper into ideas and concepts visually. The learning power of Popplets, though, is in the content. The simple delivery engages kids and helps them remember new information.

Support

Online tutorials and examples make learning to create Popplets easy.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • presenting to others

Skills

Creativity

  • brainstorming
  • combining knowledge
  • making new creations

Communication

  • presenting

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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What's it about?

POPPLET is a dynamic organization tool for users to create "Popplets" on a board. These Popplets can be filled with text, drawings, images, or video and then connected to other, related Popplets to create a mind map, similar to an interactive outline of related ideas. The Popplet board can be updated by multiple users in real time, so it's a collaborative tool for planning or discussion. Popplet boards can be shared, too.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Talk to kids about appropriate uses for Popplets, outlining whether the tool should only be used for educational purposes and what is acceptable to create and share.

  • Show kids some of the organizational methods you used in school (outlines!) and talk about how technology and brain research have created new methods.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free-$4.99
Pricing structure:Free to Try, Paid
Subscription price:Free-$30.00/year
Release date:October 22, 2012
Category:Productivity
Size:19.30 MB
Publisher:Notion
Version:1.9.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Educator and Parent Written byEtamez September 11, 2014
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LEARNING

Mind mapping made easy!

This is an excellent app to start with your children the concept of mind mapping for taking notes and studying for quizzes/tests. You can easily start organizing information adding "popples" in which students can write, add pictures and select different colors. It´s a fun app!

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