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Stick Pick

By Buzz Garwood

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Join over 50,000 teachers, like EdTechChic, who says: "Say goodbye to your coffee can with popsicle sticks and say hello to Stick Pick!"

Pick a student at random with just a tap, swipe, or a shake -- 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 (ESL) skills, and degree of difficulty can be chosen for each learner.
Formative assessment data 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 (ESL).
Stick Pick is a handy tool for any teacher device and can guide classroom discussion 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 shared in lots of convenient ways.
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; 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
• 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)
• Share student data

What's New in Version 1.08

-bug fixes


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Customer Reviews

A Teacher's Must Have (and a great gift idea)

The latest version is quite nice. It did have the upload issue mentioned in the one star review below, but that was resolved in something like 24 hours. We as users should remember to send an error report to the developer and give them an appropriate amount of time to rectify it before reviewing. Everything will have problems and how they react to it is as important as the app itself. In my experience, this app gets a lot of attention from it's developer and issues are resolved quickly, as this instance is an example.

I'm a private school teacher and I love this app. It speeds up the process of selecting a student and framing an appropriate question. I really like the fact that the app tracks the difficulty level of each question and allows me to rate the student's response. This gives me the ability to increase (or decrease) the level of difficulty and challenge the student to succeed.

Sync and import are my new BFFs

I've been using this app for over two years and I must say, it keeps getting better and better. Right after I updated it, it wouldn't let me import because of a Dropbox problem, but then I emailed the developer and they replied really fast - within 5 minutes! They said they were aware of the situation and working on it. When I woke up the next morning, they emailed me and asked me to try it again and guess what? It worked perfectly. So, if you are a teacher and wondering if you should buy it, take it from a teacher with over 16 years of teaching experience: just buy this app and toss out your old Popsicle sticks forever.

Best Teacher App

Thank you for the update! This app takes your "old school" Popsicle sticks and combines them with Bloom's question stems in the most clever way. Not only does it remove unconscious bias when calling on students, but the fact that you set the level of difficulty for each student is remarkable. Talk about differentiation! Add that to the fact that you can track each student's responses and then change their levels up or down makes this app even more remarkable! Great job on this app! Highly recommend it! Thanks for the updates!!

Stick Pick
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $3.99
  • Category: Education
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.08
  • Size: 18.4 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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