Sixth Grade Teacher Introduces Stick Pick, innovative Education App for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

June 2, 2011, Corona, California — Noteworthy Education app for iPhone called Stick Pick, created by sixth grade teacher, Buzz Garwood, is now available in the App Store worldwide.

Stick Pick is the first app of its kind to allow teachers to tie leveled question stems to the cognitive or linguistic needs of each individual learner. It all starts when a teacher names an on-screen soup can (class) and then fills it with popsicle sticks (students). During setup, teachers choose a category of question stems they wish to target for each learner: either “higher order thinking” (based on Bloom’s Taxonomy) or “English as a Second Language” skills. Teachers can then set the degree of difficulty for each learner.

Once a class is set up, teachers can randomly (or intentionally) draw a student’s stick from the soup can with either a “swipe,” “tap,” or a “shake.” Subsequently, a customized set of appropriate question stems appears on the screen. Teachers can then scroll through these question stems until they find one they would like to form into a complete question. After a student answers a question, teachers can either mark the student’s stick as “used” (which sends it to a used soup can) or reset the stick (which places it back in the new can).

The app goes one step further by giving teachers a third option: to assess each student’s response. This is accomplished by touching the “assess” icon (in the form of a check mark) and then tappping the corresponding “correct,” “incorrect,” or “opinion” button. Teachers can then rate each student’s answer by selecting 0-5 on a Critical Thinking rubric (for the higher order thinking question stems) or an Elaboration rubric (for the English as a Second Language question stems). Student data is automatically saved within the app and can be conveniently e-mailed to the student’s parents or the principal by pressing “Send.”

Students in small groups can run the app, too. Imagine a table group of young learners with iPod touches or iPads asking one another deep, targeted questions based on Bloom’s Taxonomy, all with the swipe of a finger! Stick Pick provides the right question for the right learner at the right time.

Device Requirements
* Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad
* iOS 3.2 or later
* 5.7 MB of space

Pricing and Availability
Stick Pick for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is only $2.99 (USD) and available exclusively through Apple’s App Store.
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