Friday, May 31, 2013

Teachers Talking Tech: Stick Pick App

It has now officially been one week that I have been on summer break. Yet, with the exception of the long weekend, I have not yet had a day off.

As I was sitting in my 2nd professional development of the week yesterday,  I noticed the instructor using a pretty cool app on her iPad. It got my attention so much that I had to raise my hand and ask what it was. This app is for the teacher and it is something I do every year for my classes.

Curious yet?
the app is called Pick Sticks and basically it takes the place of my "question stick" can.
From this to................................................................................this.

 Ok it is not as cute but there are so many additional, fabulous features that I think I can live without the cute factor.

First thing you do is create your class, and class roster.
Once you type in your student name you will have an option to decide what kind of questioning for that student. I love that it has Higher level questioning, ELL questioning or none.
It goes even deeper because you get to differentiate within that type of questioning too. 
Once your class is done you will get a can with sticks. To choose a stick, you can tap, swipe or shake the can. 
Then you see this! The student name, several options of questioning prompts, and you also get the option to reset the stick in the can or make it used.
It is like magic!

 I have multiple grades and classes within those grades and I am loving that I will not have to keep track of those stick, just toggle between the classes I the app. On the same note, when a student leaves or a new student joins my class all I have to do is add them to my roster. Less than 5 minutes, can't beat that!

I mean there is so much you can do with this app, I haven't even scratched the surface. Here is part of the write up...
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).
 And soooo much more. 
Can't wait to get it all set up for my classes.

I am linking up with Miss. Eager and Teachers Talking Tech.
Click below to link up.


  1. This is awesome!!! Rick Morris has a similar app out like this, I think it's called Class Cards!

    1. Oooo, I will have to check that one out. Thanks.

  2. Cool! Thanks for the detailed review- I really want to check this out now.

    Everyone deServes to Learn

  3. WOW!!! I love this Ms. M!!! I love how you can use all those different questions modes too. Thanks so much, I am off to check it out! :)

    1. I love the different question modes. I didn't even know about them when I purchased. It was like a bonus!

  4. This looks like a great app. Love the idea of having sentence stems. I'm also off to check it out!

    Amy @ The Littlest Superheroes

  5. Thanks for sharing...just got it from itunes!
    The Apple Basket Teacher

  6. Hi Ms. M
    Thanks for sharing! I'm the creator of Stick Pick and absolutely love your blog! Keep up the good work. Looks like you have quite a community!



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