Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Student Selector & Team Creator Tools and Apps

When I first started teaching 20 something years ago I always had a coffee 
can full of Popsicle sticks with my students name on them sitting on my desk. 

When I needed to ask a question, I pulled a stick from 
the can to randomly choose a student.  
My old coffee can is now long gone and instead there are tons
 of great options for selecting students and grouping them online! 
They are super easy to use and so much fun- for both you and for your students

I used these in my classroom and also now when I'm training teachers. 
Keep in mind that these tools don't have to be limited to names 
and that you can enter lists of numbers, vocabulary words, 
research paper topics, characters in a story-basically anything you can create a list of. 
The possibilities are endless!

The Random Name Selector by John McLear is my absolute favorite!
The Random Name Selector allows you to randomly pick 
names from a list you've created.
Once you have entered your student's names and clicked the Go button, 
a name is selected, you are given several choices. 
You can start a timer from 1-7 seconds.
You also have the option of removing the name from your list. 
It has fun animation, sound effects, and a large fun font
so it's perfect for displaying on your SmartBoard. 

John has even allowed an option for embedding the tool in a webpage- 
provided he is given credit! Thank you John! 

To use the interactive, just click on Change Names, and type
 in your names, numbers, or words. Then click Go! 

Random Student Generator is another free way to select students in your class. 
Simply type in the names of your students and click Save
Clicking on the Save button at the top of the list of names saves them 
to a cookie on the computer you are working on.  
The names will then be available for the next 365 days you visit the site. 
You then click the Shuffle the names button and it selects one of your students. 

Wheel Decide is an online spinner. 
You simply click on Make/Modify Wheel to enter the names 
or words (up to 100) you would like to appear. 
Then just click to spin the wheel!
There is even an option to allow you to embed the wheel on your website!

all sorts of options for choosing students.  
You simply create a free account, enter your class names
 (you can even import a class), and save it. 
You then have the option of using your class with a 
random name generator, a group creator, and a seating chart maker. 

The Random Name Generator will randomly draw a name from your class. 
The choice are random and will never come up in the same order twice!
You can include up to 100 students per group, it's iPad friendly, 
and is FREE!

The Seating Chart Maker allows you to arrange your students for a simple seating chart. 
You can even upload pics of your students which would be great for a substitute! 
It's a simple drag and drop interface that will even work on your iPad! 
You can add up to 100 students per group and it is also FREE!

The Group Maker Tool allows you to make 2-10 groups of  your students with the click of a button! The groups are random and can be shuffled over and over as needed!
You can add up to 100 students per group, use it on your iPad, and it's FREE!

The Random Name Picker from is a 
neat spinner that allows you to choose a student or word in a fun way!
Just click the Edit/Save button to enter your students (or paste from a list)
Click to spin and choose a student.  
Once a student is chosen, you have the ability to remove them from the wheel. 

The Random Name/Word Picker from 
is a fun way to choose a student or word. 
Just type in your students names (or copy and paste from another document), 
choose either the typewriter option or fruit machine, 
and your random name/word is displayed!

Random Name Picker
This page enables you to enter the names of students 
and then pick one or more at random. 
This site is useful for deciding who should answer a question or 
who should work together in groups.
It also gives you the option to remove a student once 
they have been chosen which I love!

This Team Maker is great for easily generating teams of students to work together.
Just type in (or copy and paste) a list of students, choose your number of teams
and click generate!

Not all of these apps are free but they are great and I think are
well worth the few dollars you may spend on them!
Kagan StudentSelector- $2.99

The Kagan Student Selector allows you to pick a student in the class to answer, 
pick which student on each team will read first, or pick a team to present first. 
This little selector is really easy to use and flexible. 
It allows you select a number randomly, sequentially, or random with no repeats. 
It’s a great way to promote active engagement by everyone and ensure fairness.

The Kagan Name Selector allows you to select students by name. 
Just type or paste in your class list and save it. Then pick how you want to select students. 
You can pick students randomly, random without repeats, in sequence, a to z, or z to a. 
You can save up to 8 lists for 8 classes or 8 different groups. 
The selector cycles though the names on your list and picks one. 
Just click the Next button to select the next student. 
It’ll inform you when everyone’s been selected. Also keeps track of your history. 
Keep the entire class on task because anyone’s name came come up next.

The Kagan Selector Spinners includes 3 super simple, super attractive classroom spinners. 
The Student Selector picks one student on each team and
is designed for teams of 3, 4, and 5. 
The Team Selector picks one team in the class and is designed for 6–9 teams in the class. 
The Partner Picker randomly picks Partner A or Partner B with each spin. 

Teacher's Pick gives you the ability to randomly and uniquely choose students 
without having to rely on memory, cups of craft sticks or flash cards. 
Just add your class names and the students in each class. 
Teacher's Pick keeps track of which students are active, inactive (already chosen) 
or absent and gives you options to pick a student from the active group 
or pick from the full group (active or inactive). 
At the end of the day or week just touch a button and 
all of the students present are returned to active status.

Stick Pick-$3.99
Stick Pick allows you to pick a student at random just by giving your device a shake or tapping the screen -- but that’s just the beginning. Stick Pick suggests question starters for learners at different levels and also records how well students respond during classroom discussions. If a student is consistently scoring near the top or bottom, simply change the level so students aren't bored or frustrated. Depending on students' levels of English proficiency, they might be asked simple yes-or-no questions or to elaborate in longer sentences.

KidPick is a fun and easy way to randomly pick kids and groups from a class. 
When kids are picked, teachers have the option to 
choose Correct or Incorrect to keep track of kid statistics and grades. 
Fun sound effects, easy to use, and the perfect way to check for comprehension!


teamistr is a simple and handy random team generator 
that lets you create teams quickly and easily. 

List Selector is a useful, versatile way to work with lists! 
Perfect for the classroom, this app allows you to:
pair lists, pick groups, pick individual students, and edit lists.

The Random Name Selector is a fun classroom management tool for Teachers, 
that will engage and entertain students. 
The Random Name Selector is a Fun (and fair) way to select students 
for that special task or to answer that question.

If you know of any other online student selector tools 
please post them as a comment and I'll check them out!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Shannon,

    Thanks for mentioning our Random Name Selector on your blog. This blog is an excellent resource for teachers!
    We have recently updated the Random Name Selector and would love any feedback you might have about it, we are always open to suggestions and changes,

    Keep up the great work!


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