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The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: discussion, presenting to others
- Skills: Creativity: brainstorming, combining knowledge, making new creations
Tech Skills: digital creation
- Pricing structure: Paid, Free (Free-$4.99)
- Release date: December 16, 2014
- Category: Productivity
- Size: 3.60 MB
- Publisher: Notion
- Version: 2.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.1 or later
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