Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Waiting in line. Waiting for water to boil. The DMV. Disneyland. The doctor's office. Delays. I had hoped for a summer release of the Android version of Stick Pick, as well as the Universal iOS version (with better iPad resolution) but unfortunately, development is taking longer than I had anticipated. While the Android version could drop any day, the soonest the iOS Universal version will be released has now been pushed to December, 2012. On the bright side, last week, iOS 6 was released without any adverse affect on Stick Pick. Some of you may recall that the release of iOS 5, Apple's fifth update to iOS, actually caused a pesky little text-size formatting issue in Stick Pick. Fortunately, in less than a week, we pushed out an update that promptly fixed the problem, but updates are notorious for breaking little things in apps, and I'm fortunate that Stick Pick appears to be running normal. 

There are numerous features I'd like to see come to fruition in future updates to Stick Pick -- many of which users have already contacted me about: such as import/export of student data, syncing across devices, making anecdotal records, and a host of other really cool ideas. I can assure you that these features will incrementally make it into Stick Pick. Until then, I appreciate your continued support and for using Stick Pick.

2 comments:

  1. I am certainly interested in the ability to upload student lists (maybe from a CSV file), but I am also VERY interested in the ability to change the "level" of questioning after having picked a stick. I am NOT interested in doing away with the default questioning level (love that feature), but if a student is having an amazing day, I would like to be able to raise the bar on the spot!!

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    1. Ironically, the feature you are wishing for was actually one I wanted to have instituted when Stick Pick was initially released. I still see the value of this feature, but I had to cut it to "simplify" the app because I couldn't figure out how to indicate this sudden "level switch" in the student info section. For example, say you've been assessing a student whose default level you set to "Bloom's: Comprehension" for a few weeks and then you raise the level "on the fly" one day up to "Bloom's: Application." You don't necessarily want to change the student's default level permanently -- it's just that you recognize the student is, as you say, "having an amazing day," and you want to raise the bar on the spot. You've been recording this student's scores at the "Bloom's: Comprehension" level and suddenly you introduce a question at a higher level. In the data section, there would need to be a new data set to indicate his or her performance at that level, even though it was just for one question -- otherwise, if the student's score was averaged with all the previous scores, it would skew the data and cease to be a true reflection of his or her performance at the "Bloom's: Comprehension" level. I just need to figure out how best to implement this feature into the app. This feature will come...I think it's much needed, too. In the meantime, thanks for your patience and kind words! I'm glad you're finding it useful!!

      Thanks for your feedback!

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