Friday, September 23, 2011

Popplet - Simple, Versatile Way to Present Information

Yesterday a colleague, Dave Herren, told me about Popplet.  I explored the web 2.0 tool and was very impressed by its' simplicity and versatility.  It can be used as a mind mapping tool, poster board, and presentation medium.  It allows users to share their creations and is therefore also collaborative. You can make your popplets public or just choose who you wish to have access.  You can change the colors of the bubbles and text, add Flickr pictures, YouTube videos, pictures from your computer or Facebook page, Google Maps with a specific address, and pictures of products from Amazon. 
You can add your own comments to each Popple too.  Looking over the features, I also saw where you can export your Popplets to PDF or Image formats in order to print it out and even link different Popplets together.

Teachers we have another amazingly simple, versatile,  efficient and colorful way for our students (or for ourselves) to present information.  Below is a link of an example of a Popplet definitely worth looking at and getting some ideas for the classroom. Napoleon:  History

Here is the link to the main Popplet information page where you can sign up, watch a video on how it works and get other information such as how you can get the iPad App too!  This web 2.0 tool is in Beta now and I definitely recommend checking it out and introducing it to your students. 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

I'm Flipping for Flipboard!!

Flipboard is a free app for the iPad and it is my favorite app of late!  Flipboard allows you to take all kinds of online information from Twitter, Facebook, News, RSS feeds, Flickr, and various other sources of information and lets you read it in a magazine like format.  All the pictures and links are spread before you like an informational smorgasbord!  You can check your news-feed on Facebook, or search Twitter for real-time information.   

Teachers and students can use Flipboard as a way of creating their own personal learning networks by subscribing to the sources of information that fire their imagination.  In the classroom, it can be used as a research tool for news, and articles as well as real-time information.  Just imagine searching for information about a current event using Facebook and Twitter to find posts from the people who are living through the event!  Students doing any kind of research can use the search feature to find topical information.  The information and pictures can be emailed, or printed out.  This app is really amazing!  I highly recommend it for personal and school use.  Here are some links to get more information!

A YouTube demonstration of the app:

How one teacher uses it:

More information: