Popsicle Sticks: Teacher Picks is an educational app that I developed. It replaces a teacher's mug of popsicle sticks. Use it to randomly select and group students, create classroom tournaments, energize your roll call, play math games, and to score responses during class discussions. It is available for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. (Some of the features are not part of the Android app.) If you have questions about the app, feel free to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out some of the features below:
Select students randomly with the Random Name button. 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). Turn on the text-to-voice feature and let Siri select the next student for you.
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. And if you're planning to use the same groups tomorrow, just tap "Save".
Improve students' mental math skills with a few rounds of "Digital Dabble" or "Mentl." With "Digital Dabble", students score points by creating math equations using specified digits and operations. "Mentl" puts a little twist on the fun by challenging kids to score a "Bingo" as they create equations.
Popsicle Sticks includes a Grade Calculator! Use it to determine percentages and letter grades for a traditional grading system, or point averages and average performance levels for a rubric-based system.
Invigorate your daily attendance with Rad Roll Call! Start each day by choosing one of over 200 Rad Roll Call questions. Students confirm they are present by responding to the question. Their answers (as well as the day's attendance) are saved and used for the Roll Call Recall game, where students earn points for remembering their classmates' responses!
Random List displays your class list in random order. Need a better system to choose the next student to take down attendance or to choose a birthday donut? Random List is the answer. Create, save, and export random lists for just about anything.
Create a class tournament for almost any game (educational or otherwise). Set it up for students to compete individually or in teams. You control the composition of the teams and the number of games. Choose from round-robin, single-elimination, or the easy "quick-tournament". Record game results with a single tap. Popsicle Sticks will keep track of the standings, and, if you'd like, automatically slot the best players (or teams) into an end-of-tournament playoff! May the best kid win!
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.
Pick random numbers and simulate dice rolls with the Random Numbers feature.
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