Popsicle Sticks: Teacher Picks is an educational app that I developed. It replaces a teacher's mug of popsicle sticks. Use it to randomly and effectively select and group students and to score responses during class discussions. It is available for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. If you have questions about the app, feel free to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out some of its features below:
Select students randomly one student at a time. Use the "Random Bar" slider to precisely set the "randomness" of the next selection; from "uncalled students only" to "completely random" (and everywhere in-between). And although your students may not always love being selected, they will love hearing your phone say their name when you turn on the text-to-voice feature.
Put students into random groups with just a couple taps. If the groups need a little tweaking, you can "swap" students with the Swap button. Utilize the Share button to export the groups (onto a white board, for example). And if you're planning to use the same groups tomorrow, just tap "Save".
Use Scored Discussion to track student responses during discussions. Just tap on a score as students give answers. Popsicle Sticks will display a running total for each student and automatically save the scores for future discussions. You can select students randomly (of course) or manually (by just tapping on a name). Save multiple discussions for various subjects, and easily export the scores to Excel or another application.
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