Anywhere you look, the word education does not appear without assessment somewhere close by. Teachers are constantly assessing students. We must be able to determine where they are in order for us to get them where they need to be. Informal assessment plays a big role in this. When I was in the classroom I always had a soup can on my table with my students’ names on Popsicle sticks. I would pull a stick out of the can to ask questions. This way I knew every student was being called on and it was random…unless I peeked.
Stick Pick is an app that works with that concept, but adds a whole lot more! This app helps you come up with the questions and keeps track of whether each student answered correctly or not. At $2.99, the app is more than worth the price if you work this way in your classroom.
Creating classes and assigning students is easy. You can have as many classes as you need. As you enter each student, you are able to assign a level in Bloom’s, Bloom’s Revised, or ESL. Once you choose a category to assign students to, you are able to assign a specific level to that category. When that student’s stick is pulled you will see question stems related to the level you chose to set that student at. This level can be adjusted as needed.
When you look at the overview of your classes you will see options at the bottom for Settings, Roster, and Sticks. Settings gives you options on how you will choose a stick and allows you to rename, delete, or even copy a class to set up a new class. This way you could have a class for Science, one for ELA, etc. and set the Bloom’s levels appropriately for each student within each class. Choosing the roster option will display a list of your students. From there you can edit individual student settings or add new students.
If you choose the sticks option you will be taken to your can of sticks. You will see the main can as well as a “Used” can that houses the students you have already asked questions to. In the lower right you can view your roster, reset your sticks to start over again, or utilize the Peek option. Peek allows you to pick a particular student instead of having one chosen randomly.
When a stick is chosen you will see the student’s name along with question stems for the level you have chosen the student to be at. You can simply mark the stick used, reset the stick, or go even more in-depth by clicking the Assess option.
The assess option lets you mark whether the student answered correctly or not AND choose a level for how they answered. Did they really understand and give a great explanation or do you think they kind of understand but need more repetition or exposure.
To go back and review a student’s progress, simply go to your roster and click on the student. You will see individual results from each question you have documented as well as an overall percentage of correct answers and an average for the level of understanding. Click the edit button to clear scores, adjust the level you have the student at, or delete the student completely.