Popplet is a tool that I have just begun using with my students. So far, I haven't even used it in the way it is intended, but it has worked like a dream for my students who chose to use it.
Popplet at first glance looks like a mind-mapping tool, and could definitely be used as such. Each "popple" (basically a rectangular bubble) exists as its own self-contained unit or capsule of information, but popples can be connected as necessary to organize related topics and/or ideas.
Popplet enables real-time collaboration, so students can work on the same popplet, adding to and expanding ideas at the same time. Images and videos can be embedded in popples, along with text, allowing for multi-media presentation of ideas.
My initial foray into Popplet was to include it, as I did Prezi, as an option for student written product for their family projects. My students were able to learn Popplet very intuitively, with very little guidance from me. Each of their family members was represented by a popple, including photo and text.
Here's an example created by one of my students:
I have also included Popplet as an option for the "Things I like" assessment.
When we return from vacation, I will be exploring its collaborative capabilities, having students categorize vocabulary. Here's the template I will give them to start:
What do you think?