Posted in Dyslexia, English as an Additional Language (EAL), ICT, Literacy and English

iOS App Profile: Popplet

PoppletPopplet is my favourite mind-mapping app.  There are plenty of others out there, and I’d encourage you to also check out, for a start, Idea Sketch, Inspiration Maps and iMindMap – you may well prefer another option.  So, why is it my favourite?


  1. It’s inexpensive.  You can download a “lite” trial version for nothing, and the full-price app is £2.99 at the time of writing.
  2. It has an incredibly simple interface.  If you are working with a dyslexic pupil, wordy menus or complicated instructions can make what is supposed to be a supportive tool very frustrating to use!
  3. You can add text, photos/images or draw a picture.  If you have Siri, voice recognition can be used, and/or you can paste text in from another app.
  4. You can export as a PDF or as a JPEG – so the finished product can be sent to a teacher to be marked electronically.

My only small objection is that you cannot change the background colour of a cell, or the font style/colour – perhaps in a future update!  Also, as I mention above, Popplet is a simple interface, so if your pupils are ready for a more complex tool, perhaps try looking at some of the other apps I have suggested.

Do you have a favourite mind-mapping app?  Let me know!


Teacher at the Keycomm Resource Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland. Love my wee family, my cats, my friends. Passionate about inclusive education, nice red wine and travelling.

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