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Top of the Popplets! – July 2016

We are forever grateful to the many generous Popplet users who regularly share their work: on Twitter and Facebook, in Public Popplets, and on the many blogs and web pages in a mind-boggling number of different languages. A thorough examination of all of your hard work would take a long, long time, so if your Popplet doesn’t appear here in our monthly roundup of your favorite popplets, don’t be dismayed, please keep sharing, we are sure somebody somewhere in the Popplet community is benefitting. But for now, sit back, and savor July’s offerings.

Do I Need A Citation?


Do I Need a Citation? is a very useful decision-making flowchart, which has already been put through its paces a number of times now in the Popplet office. Intellectual property laws, copyright concerns, and just plain good manners mean we need to think carefully about republishing anything we might have picked up from another source. This very handy Popplet, published anonymously in Public Popplets – but with a citation for the information it contains! – is an example of how popplet can be used to create a simple yes/no flowchart which can simplify the trickiest of decisions. Thank you to the anonymous creator for keeping us on the straight and narrow.

Topic Popplets

Panama Canal-COLLAGEPopplet is such a versatile learning tool, that it comfortably adapts to a wide range of applications in almost all fields of learning: Simply put, you can make a popplet about just about anything you can imagine – while learning at the same time. Take these simple, nevertheless super impressive Topic Popplets from the hard working students of Christopher Gibbs. On inspection, details of remarkable feats of engineering are revealed: The Golden Gate Bridge and The Panama Canal, all elegantly contained within a few popples.  Popplet is so pliable a material,  that attractive and informative fun visuals can be constructed from almost anything. Thank you, Mr. Gibbs.

67 Minutes of Kindness: Sandwich Making on Nelson Mandela Day

Sandwich PoppletsMrs. Oxley-Simpson’s Grade 1 class used their “67 minutes of kindness” on Nelson Mandela Day, to prepare sandwiches for others – noble culinary acts, which were dutifully recorded on various popplet boards. Not only was the global conscience raised, “how to” process popplets were created. Marvelous and inspiring work. Thank you to Mrs Oxley-Simpson and her class. What lovely looking sandwiches!

Consonant Clusters: A Clever Pronunciation Popplet

What exactly is a consonant cluster you might well ask? That is precisely the question that this clever pronunciation popplet from the Twitter feed of Assistant Teaching Professor Dr. Patricia Dickenson answers. If you know what a consonant cluster is, then you will immediately see the potential in this simple but wonderfully effective visual. On the other hand, if you have no idea what a consonant cluster is – and most of us didn’t – we suggest saying the words in the pictures out loud or even writing them down. A thinking person’s popplet. Splendid work Dr. Dickenson, thanks for sharing.

And that, as they say, is that! – for the month of July anyway. We’ll have more subliminal Popplet creations at the end of August. In the meantime, if you’re in search of new ideas and some Popplet inspiration, be sure to keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook pages, or check out Public Popplets by signing up for a Popplet account.