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Stick Pick

By Buzz Garwood

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Pick a student at random just by giving your device a shake or tapping the screen -- but that’s just the beginning. Stick Pick suggests question starters for learners at different levels and also records how well students respond during classroom discussions. If a student is consistently scoring near the top or bottom, simply change the level so students aren't bored or frustrated. Depending on students' levels of English proficiency, they might be asked simple yes-or-no questions or to elaborate in longer sentences.
Stick Pick is the first app of its kind to uniquely link question stems to the cognitive or linguistic needs of each individual learner. Teachers can have multiple soup cans (classes) filled with sticks (students). During setup, teachers choose a category of question stems they wish to focus on for each learner. Questions can be based on Bloom's Taxonomy, English as a second language skills, and degree of difficulty can be chosen for each learner.
Formative assessment is easy to track because teachers can tap a corresponding correct, incorrect, or opinion button based on the student's answer. Teachers can also rate each student's answer by selecting 0-5 on a critical thinking rubric (Bloom's) or an elaboration rubric (for English as a second language).
Stick Pick is a handy tool for any teacher device and can guide classroom discussion and formative assessment in really helpful ways. Teachers can mark sticks so they aren't constantly calling on the same students or asking students the same questions over and over again.

Students in small groups can use Stick Pick too. During small group work, students can take turns asking one another questions based on Bloom's Taxonomy, making group work more productive and on-task.
Student progress is recorded and averaged automatically within the app and can be e-mailed by pressing "Send."
Effective teachers are always looking for creative ways to integrate higher order thinking questioning strategies into their lessons. Stick Pick is an easy way to challenge learners while supporting common core standards.
Finally -- no more sticks cluttering your desk! Now you can keep all your students’ sticks in one convenient place: on your mobile device!
• Create as many classes as you need
• Over 140 question stems categorized into three modes:
-Bloom’s Revised; and
-ESL (English as a Second Language)
• Copy an entire class, with or without scores
• “Swipe up,” “tap,” or “shake” to call on a student
• Level-appropriate question stems appear right on the screen
• Option to operate in Stick Only mode
• Sticks can be reset (put back in with the rest) or marked “used” in a special “used can”
• Toggle between used and unused sticks with a single tap
• Option to “peek” into each can to deliberately pick a particular student
• Operates in Left or Right Hand mode
• Collect formative assessment data using “Correct,” “Incorrect,” and “Opinion” buttons, AND
• Rate each learner's response on a 0-5 point rubric:
-Use the Critical Thinking Rubric (for Bloom’s & Bloom’s Revised mode); or
-Degree of Elaboration Rubric (for ESL mode)
• E-mail student data

What's New in Version 1.06

-Fixes "Settings" button on iPad
-Fixes "Sound" on/off issue
-adds iOS 7 support
-new tab bar icons added
-various bug fixes
-various cosmetic changes


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Customer Reviews

Love it, but....

Love that it is more than just a student picking app, but I am a music teacher with almost 500 students. I need an app that syncs with my iPad and iPhone so I don't have to type names into both devices. Sometimes my phone is more convenient to use, and other times it is my iPad. A cut and paste option would even make it easier, although the preference would be for my devices to sync.

Terrific for appropriate levels of questioning ELLs, too!

Amazing! Your students will love the individual questioning using a built in Bloom's Taxonomy as well as targeting questions per your ELLs' proficiency level. Not time consuming to set up and very quick to implement while you're teaching.

Mrs. M

My class and I love stick pick. The suspense!
I use it like old school sticks for randomly calling on students and getting them into groups. The app takes in to "new school" by popping question stems according to whatever level you assign your students. Thanks for your app!

Stick Pick
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $2.99
  • Category: Education
  • Updated: Dec 21, 2013
  • Version: 1.06
  • Size: 13.9 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Buzz Garwood

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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