Popsicle Sticks: Teacher Picks replaces your mug of popsicle sticks. Use it to randomly and effectively select and group students, to score responses during discussions, to create classroom tournaments, and to energize your daily roll call! Its features include:

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 listening to Siri say their name! (But rest assured, there is a "Mute" button for text-only selections.)

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. Easily view the "jigsaw" version of any random grouping, or create "round-robin pairings" for multi-day partner activities. Utilize the Share button to export a grouping (onto a white board, for example).

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.

The newest feature of Popsicle Sticks! With just a few taps, create a class tournament for almost any game (educational or otherwise). You can 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 ultra-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.

Random List displays your class list in random order. Need a better system for picking the next student to take down the attendance, or to choose a birthday donut? Random List is the answer. Create, save, and export random lists for just about anything.

With this free version of Popsicle Sticks: Teacher Picks, you can input one class, randomly select up to 500 students, and create 10 random lists, 5 random groupings, 5 scored discussions, and 5 tournaments. If you find it helpful, and you'd like to continue using all the features of the app (forever), you can, for a few bucks, upgrade to the full version, Popsicle Sticks Unlimited.

Use Popsicle Sticks: Teacher Picks as a student picker, grouper, scorer, and gamer!

What’s New

Version 3.1.0

Revitalize your attendance with Rad Roll Call and Roll Call Recall. View the "jigsaw" version of random groupings. Create multi-day groupings with round-robin pairings. Use Popsicle Sticks in slide over and split view (on an iPad). And, enjoy improved support for iOS accessibility features.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
762 Ratings

762 Ratings

Gggg🎾 ,

As a Physical Education Teacher:

This app is priceless. I’d like to thank the crew whom put this app together in order to make this aspect of teaching more seamless and easy to track.

I gave this app a 5 because it deserves it, but there are always improvements to be made. The one that I’d really like to see is the ability to remove students on a tourney by tourney basis like in grouping. I’d like to use the tournament feature daily to mix up teams day to day rather than game by game. However, some students are absent or unable to participate on a daily basis as well. If you could include that feature in tournaments in the same way you do in grouping, it would be stellar.

That’s all I have for critiques. Honestly, great work. I’m looking forward to using this app often especially if you continue to update and improve. You got my $5 before I’ve even used it. Thanks again.

Chellefish81 ,

Very useful even for subs

I am a long term sub and have to learn names quickly because I only have a couple months with the kids I teach. This app helps me call on different student often so I learn all the names quickly. That makes a big difference when you have 150 student in a high school setting. It was well worth the 4 dollars to be able to add more than one class. I also think the features are very helpful in a classroom setting. I hate grouping kids because it always seems like I put the wrong kids together. With app making random group I find fewer problems.

#smoreenglish ,

Easiest Equity System Available

I’m not one who likes to make physical popsicle sticks like some of my crafty colleagues. And online tools might do the job, but they’re either not as versatile or they take far too long to get something accomplished. This app is great for grouping any number of students into groups, and it has additional features others might find useful. One week in, and I’m having the best engagement I’ve ever experienced in my seven years of teaching high school students.


Neil Daly
64.7 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
In-App Purchases
  1. Popsicle Sticks Unlimited $4.99
  2. Popsicle Sticks Unlimited $4.99
  3. Random Picks Unlimited $4.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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