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.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Five for Friday... 05/17/13

Finally found some time to link up with Doodle Bugs...
Thanks to Instagram I can easily grab my weeks pics now and share with you all.

Kind of sad I will have to take this alphabet down next week. It is so pretty.

Still getting used to the pumpkin color, but I am loving my "Teacher" wall.

Even though I only have 4 days left I am still meeting with my Math RTI group. 

We needed some extra patterns practice so I pulled out some old calendar numbers and "recycled" them for this same group.

I wanted more than just pictures so I went ahead and also created a Vine account for my blog. If you don't know what Vine is, it is just like Insta but for short videos, played loop. If you are on Vine come find me. If you are not... what are you waiting for? :P

Have a fab weekend!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Belated May Currenty

Better late than never...

I am now off to the zoo with Kinder and 1st grade. Wish me luck. :) 
Hoping you have a great day.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Insta, Instagram in the Classroom.

Happy May Day!

I don't know if you remember but way back in Nov 2012 I shared with you that I had fallen in love with my personal Instagram account and I created a Teacher account. I love taking pictures and it is a great way to share daily happenings through images. If you are interested on checking out MY classroom news click on the button below to follow.


So I slacked on my pic posting, but you didn't know that all you had to do to get me to start posting again is to say the word 
Insta Linky Party
FYI, I always call Instagram, Insta. :)

So here are the details...

Here were some of my #TeacherTalkTuesday snaps.
My Math small group support basket.

My chevron alphabet & AlphaFriends wall

Some very messy workstations/ centers.

And this week guess who is visiting my classroom?

I am now looking at using Vine & SnapChat with my students as well. If I ever get it to work I will deff be back to share. Until then have a great day!