Interrogate an Interface: Popplet

Popplet presentation

The interface that I chose to interrogate is called Popplet, which is a tool intended for the iPad and for the web as a way to organize information such as ideas, class notes, lesson plans, project plans, and concepts in a neat and coherent manner. Poppet is used in both schools by teachers and students and in workplace settings by professionals. In addition, Popplet has a free mobile app that is useful for on-the-go brainstorming and project planning.

Popplet is a tool that is meant to be accessible to anyone with a computer or mobile device. It is a straightforward tool that requires no background knowledge before using the tool. Its purpose is help people better organize and collaborate on information and ideas, so the authors have no intention of inhibiting anyone from using the tool.

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While Popplet was only recently created in 2012, it is a tool that seems to be already be well-known, especially among teachers in the education field. Users have easily discovered multiple ways to incorporate Popplet into their education, teaching, and project planning. Even though the site is fairly new and has some issues to work on (just like any other site), Popplet has proved to be beneficial for audiences across the board.

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Popplet is similar to a mind map tool, as it is very visual based and intended to benefit people who are not auditory learners. For this reason, Popplet is an interactive learning tool that allows users to actively create and manage their ideas. While I am not exactly sure which genre Popplet fits under, I will say that it is interactive, visual, and multidimensional. The tool is meant for users to create their own projects and form their own ideas, which is why it does not do everything (or hardly anything) for users; Popplet is meant to be flexible depending on the audience that is using it at any given time.

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