An Interesting Application

I started on a quest to find a friendly graphic organizer for the iPad.  One of the titles that I ran across was Popplet which has both a Lite and a pay version.  As I’m inclined to do, I downloaded the Lite version to play around with it.  It worked very nicely and did the sorts of things that I was looking for.  It was like an iPad version of the most common features that I use with SMART Ideas.  Create bubbles (popples), enter text, add some drawing, insert an image, include a URL actively linked to a web browser, resize and link bubbles.  It had it all.

There were some features that I wouldn’t use now like output to VGA but that’s a feature that I might use somewhere down the line.  With finger touches and swipes, it’s pretty easy to navigate throughout the organizer on the screen.  I was pretty happy with it.  Recently, I wanted to do a little more research on the product and so went to their website where they’ve been working on a computer version – only thing it is a closed Beta.  But, ever adventurous, I signed up and received my invitation today.

I had to give it a shot.  I decided to create a Popplet version of my Digital Footprint.  Within minutes, I was up and running and very happy with the results.

The computer version is just as easy to navigate as the iPad version.  It does have all the functionality of the original and then some.  In addition to creating a basic organizer, there are some really nice additional features.  Besides images, bring in media from YouTube, Flickr, Facebook or Google Maps.  Rather than pinching and swiping to zoom in and out, a slider does the trick for you.  (Or mouse navigation as well, of course)  In the design, choose a colour theme to get started.

I really liked the clean presentation.  In their “labs”, there’s a timewarp feature that lets you play back your Popple in the order that it was created.  I can watch stuff like that for hours!  From a presentation point of view, each of the Popples can be hot linked to internet addresses.  This would be a very nice navigation feature on an Interactive White Board.

Collaborating isn’t fun when you have to do it alone!  There are a number of options for sharing like a link, Twitter, Facebook, or embed code.  So, if you are inclined, you can visit my Popplet live at:  http://popplet.com/app/#/11936.

My first impression of Popple is very positive.  I like the consistent approach between the iPad and the web version at the basic level.  That makes implementation in the classroom easier.  It would be nice if you could share a Popple between platforms but perhaps that’s in the future.  If you’re inclined, apply for an invitation and see what you think.

7 thoughts on “An Interesting Application

  1. Thanks for the suggestion!
    I was thinking the other day that I needed to get something for the iPad but hadn’t got around to it. Did you get a chance to look at any other options? It seems that Popplet would be very simple to use for my Grade 7/8 students but want to examine the options before purchasing.

    Thanks again, Doug.
    Jeff (@jpkitchener)

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  2. Hi Doug, I went looking for the same sort of thing, and discovered Mindmeister, which I can access on both my iPhone and my computer. I am also using the Lite version and so far it’s fine… But now I will try Popplet too! I want to keep promoting these kinds of apps to my Grade 8 students, getting them more interested in being proactive, finding and using applications that are fun and useful. Also, I wanted to reduce the novel I am (still) working on into the steps of Blake Snyder’s Save The Cat beat sheet. It is going great so far…

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  3. I like it. Reminds me of Pop Up Videos (remember those? 🙂 It works well though, I just played with the Lite. May buy the full for an idea I have for something in the next few weeks. Wondering about using it as a live presentation tool using a map instead of slides. May see if it works for that.

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  4. The concept of a map for presentation is something that I’ve used in the past. It’s great in that you don’t have to present linearly. Also, if you are running short on time, there’s none of the annoying flipping through a presentation to get to the point that you really want to reach. It makes you look like you know what you’re doing!

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  5. Jeff and Anne – I have tried a number of other organizers. I like the visual presentation that this gives. I never thought of the PopUp Videos but now that Colin mentions it, I’m laughing about it. What’s really intriguing about it is the absence of a learning curve. I’ve seen comments that it’s like Wallwisher and I guess you could use it for that but its functionality takes it much further.

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