Popplet Lite is a FREE app for iPad which allows the user to diagram or map ideas with ease. I've been meaning to try this app with my students all year, and finally did so in my French IV class. We had just finished reading Le Comte de Monte Cristo (The Count of Monte Cristo) as a class. This was a lot of work and took us a lot of time. After finishing our study of the book, we watched the film in French. As is often the case, the film is quite different from the book. I wanted my students to compare the book with the film in French, and using Popplet to do this worked really well.
I asked students to map out the differences and the similarities between the book and the film, and then to share the popple with me. Here's an example of a student mapping the differences:
And here's a popple showing the similarities:
I found this app very easy to use and very intuitive. It is also possible to insert photos into the frames, and I can see many possibilities for using that feature. I'm sure I haven't even scratched the surface of all the ways this could be used! My students seemed to enjoy it, and it was a great way to visualize the ideas they were trying to express. It's also easy for the students to share their work with the teacher in this app. I would recommend it!