Popsicle Sticks: Teacher Picks replaces your mug of popsicle sticks. Use it to randomly and effectively select and group students and to score responses during discussions.
Select students randomly one student at a time. Use the "Random Bar" slider to precisely set the "randomness" of the next selection; from "uncalled students only" to "completely random" (and everywhere in-between). And although your students may not always love being selected, they will love hearing your phone say their name when you turn on the text-to-voice feature.
Put students into random groups with just a couple taps. If the groups need a little tweaking, you can "swap" students with the Swap button. Utilize the Share button to export the groups (onto a white board, for example). And if you're planning to use the same groups tomorrow, just tap save.
Use Scored Discussion to track student responses during discussions. Just tap on a score as students give answers. Popsicle Sticks will display a running total for each student and automatically save the scores for future discussions. You can select students randomly (of course) or manually (by just tapping on a name). Save multiple discussions for various subjects, and easily export the scores to Excel or another application.
Random List displays your class list in random order. Need a better system for picking the next student to take down the attendance, or to choose a birthday donut? Random List is the answer. Create, save, and export random lists for just about anything.
Use Popsicle Sticks: Teacher Picks as a student picker, grouper, "lister", and scorer!
Bug fixes and user interface enhancements
Ratings and Reviews
Very useful even for subs
I am a long term sub and have to learn names quickly because I only have a couple months with the kids I teach. This app helps me call on different student often so I learn all the names quickly. That makes a big difference when you have 150 student in a high school setting. It was well worth the 4 dollars to be able to add more than one class. I also think the features are very helpful in a classroom setting. I hate grouping kids because it always seems like I put the wrong kids together. With app making random group I find fewer problems.
Agree with other users regarding purchases. It is very unclear what is what when you’re purchasing, and just has a feel of deception. However, I would still recommend purchasing it... it’s worth $2.99. The app is perfect for quickly pairing or grouping. It will make random groups and then you can slide around to make quick switches. Classic random selection is great,too! One last thing developer...I used to be able to use the app in multitask. That is no longer so. It was so helpful to view both the popsicle sticks and my lesson simultaneously. Now it’s super annoying. Having to switch back and forth messes with my flow.
Why even have the app as free if you ultimately end up having to pay to use the main feature? I like all the other features the app has and that is why I gave it two stars, but am ultimately disappointed with the fact that the app is useless if you don’t pay $3.99. If I’d known that I would be cut off after a certain amount of uses, I would’ve been more careful every time I created a list or clicked random. I definitely would not have spent such extensive time creating my classes if I would have known that they would be useless if I refused to pay.
Developer Response ,
Hi Juliette, I think you’ll find it well worth the $5 to upgrade to the full version of Popsicle Sticks. With it, you’ll have unlimited access to all the features (for the rest of your teaching career).
- Neil Daly
- 28.9 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2016 Neil Daly
- In-App Purchases
- Popsicle Sticks Unlimited $4.99
- Popsicle Sticks Unlimited $1.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.