Popplet is a free, easy-to-set-up-and-use-collaboratively online brainstorming, presentation, and productivity tool that allows users to organize ideas graphically. The main feature of Popplet is the “popples” - boxes that can contain a variety of media (text, images, YouTube videos, or drawings) and which can be connected to form relationships between things and ideas. Popplet is an effective learning tool because it can facilitate a collaborative, iterative, and relational way of communicating information and may be used in almost any disciplinary context.
Lesson plan overview
Popplet is an example of a tech tool that allows teachers to do things that they are already doing … just a little bit better. Case in point: history and social science teachers have commonly assigned students the task of creating timelines to represent historical events in order to visualize the causes and effects that define the event. What Popplet provides is an interface that allows for the creation of these timelines with the added benefit of simple, continuous collaborative editing. Students create a timeline of a historical event that they have studied in class, indicating the major milestones of the event. Students work collaboratively with other students to refine their timelines, shifting the placement of popples and adding new ones.
● Outline the sequence of an important historical event.
● Examine the root causes and main effects of an event in the context of a series of events.
● Identify the key people, places, and artifacts associated with a historical event.
Assign students the task of visually representing a historical event by including the major milestones and indicating the accurate sequence of events and the cause/effect relationship between and among them. Require students to use pertinent images, text, and video and to represent information both horizontally (events along the timeline) and vertically (information related to one event).
Common Core - English Language Arts
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Speaking and Listening
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.5 Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
History and Social Studies
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.7 Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
1. CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION
Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processesCreate original works as a means of personal or group expressionUse models and simulations to explore complex systems and issuesIdentify trends and forecast possibilities
2. COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION
Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and mediaCommunicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formatsDevelop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other culturesContribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems
5. DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP
Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technologyExhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivityDemonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learningExhibit leadership for digital citizenship