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How to Make a Popplet, a Collaborative Mind Mapping Tool

| February 21, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Popplet is an online tool for visually organizing your ideas and projects. This process is also referred to as ‘mind mapping.’ Popplet is available as a browser-based web tool or as an app for mobile devices and tablets. We will be focusing on the web tool as it presents the most functional free version of the experience. The iOS app version limits you to just one project in the free, or ‘Lite’ version. The full version costs $4.99.

If you head over to popplet.com you can start to see how the tool works. Basically you create connections and clusters between ideas or tasks on a virtual whiteboard. So you might use Popplet to present your research on a particular subject, adding details around and connected to your core subject. Or you could use it to map out the various phases of a project, clustering the detailed steps around each phase.

The great thing about Popplet is that it’s easy and intuitive to use and actually has a lot of great functionality within its feature set. This includes tools for collaborating with others on your Popplet, as well as powerful tools for sharing your Popplet and using it for dynamic, visual presentations.

To get started, you just need to sign up for a free account and follow along with the video below.

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Gabriel Peters-Lazaro researches, designs and produces digital media for innovative learning. He is the media design lead and an instructor in the Media Arts + Practice Division of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. He is a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Media Activism and Participatory Politics (MAPP) project and is currently working to develop participatory media resources and curricula to support new forms of civic education and engagement for young people. In 2009, he helped create The Junior AV Club, an ongoing project that explores mindful media making and sharing as powerful practices of early childhood learning. As instructor of IML 500 – Digital Media Tools and Tactics, he helps graduate students from across the University harness the powers of video and new media as research tools to support their scholarly pursuits. He received his B.A. in Film Studies from UC Berkeley, completed his M.F.A in Film Directing and Production at UCLA and is a Ph.D. candidate in Media Arts + Practice. He is also an avid surfer.