Friday, 14 December 2012

Popplet and representing numbers

I was looking on Popplet's website and noticed a link to someone in my PLN (professional leaning network on Twitter) that had posted a number of great ways to use Popplet on the iPad. (Thanks @Matt_Gomez) I have used this app once before. If you are not familiar with Popplet, it is a Mind Mapping type app. I used it with my students to create a story map as a graphic organizer prior to writing a story.

I decided to build on one of Matt's suggestions and get the students to represent a number between 11-20 a number of different ways. I challenged them to come up with as many as possible. This was the first time my students had used this app. I started by projecting the iPad on my large screen using Air Server. I showed them how to begin and give their Popplet a title. Then I showed them briefly how to create new bubbles, to draw, type, and take photos. Students began to explore and discover for themselves how to use the app. One student figured out how to make the bubbles larger so I stopped the class and he mirrored his iPad on the overhead to demonstrate how to do it.

At the end of class, we mirrored all the iPads on the overhead and compared the different ways students had represented their numbers. Students loved sharing their work and seeing what others had done.


  1. I love this idea! I am going to try it with my students. I love all the sharing and learning that I get from other teachers.

  2. Thanks! I love being inspired my my twitter PLN.

  3. This is a great idea. Always looking for new ideas to try with younger learners. Thanks!

  4. Hi, I ask one student to give me a sentence and then I write it on the board. I draw a picture to match their sentence. Then we close our eyes and imagine what else we could see based on that sentence.

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