In the past to make sure all of my students were getting a fair run at answering questions, I used to create flash cards with each of their names on it and cycle through it from beginning to end. Now everything can be done right from your iPhone using Stick Pick.
Depending on the size of your class, making sure you’re spreading the love evenly can be a real challenge. The popsicle stick idea has been around forever – in fact, I remember by kindergarten teacher letting us decorate our own sticks that she used throughout the year – but now we can take it to the next level with Stick Pick.
No more worrying about calling out the same student twice – (Tweet This)
Put your students names into Stick Pick and it will pull them out one at a time at random. The names that have already been called go into the “used” can, so you don’t have to worry about missing someone or calling on someone too often.
Stick Pick runs smarter than an old can, too. Depending on what subject you’re teaching, it provides you with prompt questions if you don’t have your own prepared. The prepared categories are broken down under “Bloom’s” “Bloom’s Revised” and “ESL” – but don’t worry, if you just want the names you can run it simply, too.
The only downside is that there’s no importing function for names, so you are going to have to input them one by one. Still, it’s probably a lot faster than driving down to the crafts store and buying a bunch of popsicle sticks. And remember, there was no importing lists to popsicle sticks for our teachers, either.