LOOPY by Nicky Case

IDENTITY: the qualities, characteristics or beliefs that make a person who they are.


Screenshot 2018-09-17 at 2.28.34 PMIdentity charts are awesome! Just about the only way we can think of to make them better is to animate them.

Meet Loopy, a systems thinking tool! The site has a wonderful tutorial section, and there are applications far beyond the single activity we have for you here.

For your identity chart activity, this could be a fun way for you to make an engaging digital version of your chart, or you can let your students use it to make their own.


Loopy Identity Charts

Below is a (mostly) visual guide. The first page will look like this:

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  • Tool Bar is on the left. First, select the eraser and take out everything but one circle.
  • Screenshot 2018-09-17 at 12.33.53 PMNodes (circles) can be moved with the “hand” tool. Click on them to change colors, text, and fullness (more about that in a minute.)
  • Who Am I? Choose a color and change the text to “Who am I?”. Now you’re ready to make your chart!

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Add Nodes, Make It Move!

  • Use the Pencil – draw a circle, and a new node will appear! 

  • Make Connections – draw lines between the nodes, and you can create connections. They can be positive + (feed in) or negative – (draw out).
  • Double up – Just as in real life, many aspects of our identity are relational: they inform us as much as we inform them. Draw positive lines to each node, in both directions. Empty out the center node, then hit play.  

  • Click on any up arrow and watch it go! If you’ve created connections between the nodes, they will fill up the center node (you!) and then just keep bubbling away.


Here’s an example of a finished chart.

Link and Share!

The projects can be saved by creating a link or embedding them (depending on the site). Best way to share is to use the link or screenshots of the finished charts. The link can be shortened at Bitly.com and used in class Twitter feeds, on your website, or anywhere the girls feel comfortable showing their work.