This past week, a couple of my coworkers and myself introduced our students to the online graphic organizer Popplet. This Web 2.0 tool can be used as an online graphic organizer and is incredibly easy to learn. A Popplet allows you to form a web of connecting ideas, complete with images, links, drawings, and hidden comments. You are able to add images from Flickr, videos from YouTube, and maps from Google. There is an option to change the size of your font and color of your text/image boxes to create further organization in your Popplet. If you have a group project, you are able to share your Popplet with your group and collaborate on it from various locations simultaneously.
Once you have completed your Popplet, you are able share it through email, Facebook, or Twitter. If you have your own website, you able to embed the Popplet directly into a webpage. My students commented that Popplet was one of the easiest tools they have used so far this year and enjoyed time making an original product. Check out some samples of my World Geography students' work on the Three Gorges Dam in China.
If you have used Popplet before, please share your experience in the comment section below. If you have an idea for how to use Popplet in class, please share those ideas as well.