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Tuesday Two.Oh! A tool for online collaboration

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
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Tuesday Two.Oh! is not meant as an endorsement, but as an exploration of the tools that are out there. Click at your own risk. :)

Today on Tuesday Two.Oh! we’ll be taking a look at a site built for online collaboration.  Today’s site is very reminiscent of bubbl.us, but in my mind a lot more versatile.  Let’s take a look at Popplet.

Find them on Facebook and Twitter.

This is a really excellent introductory video:

Signing up for a Popplet account was simple- name, email and password and you’re in!

From there you’re brought to your introductory Popplet screen.  One thing I really liked was the initial guided tour.

You double click to create your first thought bubble, and from there you build associations between them.  You can use this as a sort of brainstorming tool, with collaborators using the same screen, or you can use it alone to brainstorm your own ideas.

 

It’s very easy to share your popplet with someone else, but first the warning:

Here’s the invite screen:

You can easily upload media into your popplet, as I have done with this picture below.

There’s also features that allow you to upload a You Tube video or even draw inside the popplet box.  I decided not to expose you to my terrible art skills.

As illustrated above, you can manipulate the colors of the boxes in Popplet in order to better illustrate your idea to to keep a single participants thoughts in line by color.

In the end, I like this tool and I would use it if I could get my colleagues to use it as well.  I think it’s an interesting way to share ideas, especially in an asynchronous manner. The tool is simple to use and designed well.  I don’t think you need to have any particular knowledge to use this tool, but the best way to see if it would be useful is to log in and check it out.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:57 pm

    How might this tool be useful in a library/instruction setting? You mentioned that you might use it with your colleagues, but how might you all use it together?

  2. Tuesday, June 28, 2011 4:47 pm

    Well, I thought that this tool might come in handy for Jason and I when planning for our unCOILed session. Additionally, this might not be a bad tool to consider if we’re doing something like our Searchpath tutorials again.

    The sky is the limit!

    Though, it might not always fit.

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