Techy Tueday!

I am embarrassed to see that the last time I posted was last Techy Tuesday.

Sadly- if blogging was a class, I would be failing :(

BUT- I am super excited about my techy tip today.  Not only is it an app, but it is a website too.


In my district we are always talking about preparing out kids for the world we live in today.  We are preparing out students for jobs that do not yet exist! In order to prepare them for these jobs, we have to provide them with the tools to succeed in these unknown occupations.  Part of preparing them for the world involves asking them to create, present, and collaborate with their peers- NOT just memorize facts and dates!
  

Here is a model of what I am talking about with 21st Century skills!  What I love about Popplet is that it an extremely simple way for students to present ideas or web their thinking. There are really SO many ways for you to use Popplet, that you just need to explore with it.  

I will give you an example of how my students used it today!  We have been study the Desert the last couple of weeks.  Today we read a great book called Deep in the Desert.  

What I love about this book is that it talks about desert animals through familiar tunes that kids know!  Our favorite song is about Javelinas! After we finished the book, the students created Popplet presentations in which they mapped four different desert animals.


We worked in small group so I could monitor their progress!
My kids figured out if they found pictures through a general internet search, then they could do a screenshot and add it into their presentations.  I am SO proud of my innovative and creative kids!

Tomorrow my kids will go back in and add details about how each animal adapts to the harsh conditions of the environment!  Once again, here is a great app/website that holds endless possibilities. 

That's all I have for you tonight, I am off to finish up my April Busy Teacher...see I have proof...

BUT if you have a techy tip of your own I would love it if you would link up!


7 comments

  1. Girl...please don't be embarassed about not posting earlier! It seems that as the school year winds down, I live from linky to pre-established linky myself! :) HA! :) Popplet sounds a lot like ThinkQuest. I did it with my students a few years ago. Although honestly, I think Popplet sounds much more approachable! ;) I will have to give it a go, since you mentioned that it is also a website. I don't have IPads...just five desktops for the kids. So...I will try to give it a whirl!! :) Maybe that will be a future techy blog post! :) Have a wonderful week with your firsties! I'm on Spring Break and missing mine already! :)
    Thanks for including us in your linky! :) I really do love learning with you!! :)

    XOXO,
    Tamara


    Mrs.Russell's Room
    First Grade

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  2. Thanks for letting me link up! I love the Popplet app too!!! Check it out if you have time! http://youresosharp.blogspot.com/

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  3. I am just so in love with all the wonderful things you can do with iPads. I cannot stop whining about not having any! :D

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  4. Interesting post. We do not have iPads in first but it looks like a great resource. I am going to check it out. I am a new follower.

    Classroom Companion

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  5. Thanks so much for sharing how you use Popplet. For me it was an app I downloaded at a PD, but havent opened since. Am off to have a play with it now.

    Claire
    claireheyne.blogspot.com

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  6. I found your blog through Pinterest and I just wanted to say that this is so neat! I've been following it for awhile now and I just love when you do Techy Tuesdays. So helpful! I've never heard of Popplet so this was great! I'll definitely have to check it out. Thanks for sharing!

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