How To Use

Have you ever used equity sticks (popsicle sticks with each student’s name written on them) to ensure that you are calling on all your students equally? Wouldn’t it be great if your sticks could do more? What if your they could help your students build higher order thinking skills? Or what if they could help your English language learners improve their English? With Stick Pick, you can!

Getting Started
You can use Stick Pick as a random name generator, but the true power of Stick Pick is its ability to display “question stems” that are uniquely tied to each learner’s cognitive or English language ability level. You can even track your students’ performance! For your English speakers, it may be helpful to have on hand relevant student data, such as your students’ recent overall language arts standardized test scores. As for your ESL (English as a Second Language) learners, you should know each student’s current English language level. In California, it’s known as their CELDT (California English Language Development Test) score. It used to be levels 1-5, but the revised version is 1-3. Stick Pick has retained levels 1-5 at this time.

Create a Class
Renaming a class is simple, too. Just tap the name of the class you wish to rename. Then, touch the Settings tab at the bottom of your screen. In Settings, tap “Rename Class.” In the space, provided, type the new name for this class. To create a new class, simply touch the “+” button at the top right corner of the “Classes” screen. You will be prompted to enter a name for this class. Press “Save” when done. There is no limit to the number of classes you can have!

Select a Mode
After you enter a student's name, you will be immediately prompted to select a "question stem" mode for this student. For your English speaking population, "Bloom's" and "Bloom's Revised" modes are great for developing higher order thinking skills. "ESL" mode is ideal for supporting English language acquisition among your English language learners. Select "Stick Only" mode if you do not intend to ask questions to a given learner. 

Select a Level
Once you have selected a mode, you will immediately be prompted to choose a level for this learner.

Bloom's: In "Bloom's" mode, you choose from among six levels of cognitive development, listed from lowest (Knowledge) to highest (Evaluation). The levels are: Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation.

Bloom's Revised: In "Bloom's Revised" mode, you can choose from among six levels of cognitive development, listed from lowest (Remembering) to highest (Creating). The levels are: Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analyzing, Evaluating, and Creating.

ESL: In "ESL" mode, you can choose from among the five stages of English language acquisition, listed from lowest (Beginning) to highest (Advanced). The levels are: Beginning, Early Intermediate, Intermediate, Early Advanced, and Advanced.


Once your can (class) is filled with sticks (students), you can tap the screen, shake it, or swipe "up" to select a stick, causing it to appear at the top of your screen. 

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  3. I teach 610 students at my school. (Music Teacher) Is there a way to import names faster than one by one?

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  4. I LOVE this app - I just wish I could import classes with numbers or excel. Thanks!

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  5. I agree with Jennifer, would love to see this as an option!

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  6. I would like to try this app, but I teach over 480 students. The lack of an "import" option for the names, keeps me from buying this app.

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  7. Love this app. Having my lesson observed tomorrow and shall be showing off my new toy.... Samsung tablet and stick pick! Wish me luck!

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  8. How can I leave the book's revised level open so when the student comes up I can select the level of question I want depending on the lesson?

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  9. I would also love an import feature! I teach a lot of students....not as nearly as many as some of the other comments...can't imagine 400-600! But I just typed in one class and now don't want to do the other 5! Thanks!

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  10. Is there a fast way to delete an entire class? I haven't updated the app for this year's middle school students because I haven't wanted to delete over 100 students individually before adding in this years 100.

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  11. Need to be able to add and delete easier than one by one... Ugh

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  13. Please add the import/export features... this old teacher doesn't have time to randomly type 150+ names on my phone. It would make your ap just about perfect!

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  14. September 2014...it's almost ready. Hang in there!!

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  15. Hi Buzz

    Can you answer the above questions please, specifically the ones regarding adding and removing multiple names.

    If these issues can be addressed, the product would be almost perfect.

    Please can you help?

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  16. Hi Lewis,
    Presently, there are only two ways users can delete students: 1) delete an entire class, or 2) delete individual students one by one.

    1) To delete an entire class, go to Classes screen > Tap the Class you wish to delete > Settings > Delete Class.

    2) To delete one student at a time, go to Classes screen > Tap the Class the student belongs to > Roster > Tap the student's name you wish to delete > Edit > Delete Student.

    Thank you for the comment. I realize it currently takes too long to delete just one student; therefore, I will push an update that will allow users to delete students faster. Great comment. Thanks!

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  18. Buzz, is the import/export feature ready yet? I don't want to introduce this app to my teachers until I know they can import name quickly.

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    1. Is import/export in Android too? I just got the app and don't see a way to import my class rosters. Otherwise a stellar App. Handier than popsicle sticks.

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  20. This is such a great app. I previewed the app on a friend's ipad and saw the import students feature. I just purchased on my android and can't find how to import. Help, please?

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  21. I need to use tomorrow! Help. I had,this on my iPad before and found easy to use. I now have to use on my android phone. Cannot find a way to import a roster from csv file like I did on iPad. Am I missing something.

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  23. I am trying to do a roster import and the CSV is not working. Any insight on the setup of the CSV and header titles, I would appreciate it.

    Thanks!

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  24. Is there a way to see all of the blooms question stems instead of just one set?

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    1. Also, can I change the blooms level for the whole class or do I have to do it student by student?

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  26. Hi I am trying to import on excel file from Dropbox but I get and error message that says I need to add at least one header- first name, last name, id. I put all three then just one. Still no luck. I have them in row A. Help Please, Brenda

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  27. Hi Brenda,
    The file must be a saved as a comma separated value (CSV) file format. See instructions on the Student Name screen. Tap "Learn more about import" on the bottom of that page for instructions.

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