CONCEPT: Stick Pick is a formative assessment tool for today’s digital classrooms. It is actually a virtual can with Popsicle sticks bearing students’ names, but does much more than just choosing students randomly. Stick Pick takes into consideration that each student is different and must be assessed differently. The app attaches question stems based on Bloom’s taxonomy and ESL level to each student’s profile. When you pick a student’s name, you also get a list of question stems based on the student’s ability level.
DELIVERY:On launch, the app prompts you to add classes and to populate these classes with class lists. You can import class roster from Dropbox or add student names one by one. The app allows you to create as many classes as you want, rename the class, add or delete student names very easily.
You can use the app to pick students randomly or attach question stems to each student. The question stems are in three different modes; ESL, Bloom’s taxonomy and Bloom’s revised taxonomy. When the app picks a student’s name it gives you a list of possible question stems that you can ask based on the mode you select.
Once you tap on the class you want to assess, the app shows you a can with all your sticks. From there, you have the option to ‘peek’, which is to choose a specific student or to shake your device or tap the can in order to let the app choose a stick for you.
When you choose a student or randomly pick a stick, the app allows you to assess the student, edit his level in terms of Bloom’s taxonomy, or mark the stick as ‘used’. The app provides you a list of 10-15 question stems to assess the student. These question stems can be easily used with any content area. Once the student answers your question, you can mark the student on a scale of 0 to 5 based on an elaborate in-built rubric.
When you finish assessing a student, you can mark the stick as ‘used’ and the app creates a separate can for all the ‘used’ sticks. You can then reset the sticks, peek or randomly choose another student. The app gives you a detailed review of students’ progress and scores. You can go to individual student profile to check the progress of specific students and email a copy of the progress report. The app also allows you to reset the difficulty level of question stems attached to each student if you want to give your students easier or more challenging questions.
LIMITATIONS:This is a teacher tool. There is not much that students can do with this tool, unless they are supervising a group task.
CONCLUSION: StickPick is a great teacher tool that helps teachers to recognize multiple ability levels within a classroom and assess them accordingly. Furthermore, it attracts a lot of student attention to what is happening in the class as StickPick can choose anyone in the class to answer the next question! 4/5
Assessing differentiated tasks
Getting students to assess themselves in small groups.