Have you ever had a student in class who just doesn’t want to participate? Or perhaps you’d like a fun new way to host a spelling bee. A random name picker can help with both of these and more.
Every teacher has struggled getting volunteers to go first in class, answer a question, or be a line leader. Using a tool such as a random name picker is a convenient way to keep things fair and have a little fun along the way. First we will cover a few of the tools available to use as a random name picker, then we will give you some fun ideas on how to use them in your classroom.
Random Name Picker From Classtools.net
Random Name Picker from Classtools.net is a fun, multi-colored wheel that allows you to edit the names shown on a multi-colored wheel. A great thing about this particular random name picker, is that you can edit and save. When you save your settings, you enter a password so you can go back and edit it again later. It also comes with some fun noises. It starts out with a list of names, but you can edit the list, add more, take some off, and of course save it. The fun colors and sound effects, make you and your class feel like you’re at a family carnival with this fun random name picker. You can also share or embed this fabulous tool.
Random Name Selector from Primary Technology
Random Name Selector from Primary Technology is a very simple random name picker. You can copy and paste your list of names into the tool, and hit go! Quick and simple. One great feature about this particular tool is that you can also remove names from the list once you have selected one. That will help make sure you don’t call on the same student twice. There is also sound available for this random name picker, and there is a timer feature that allows you to select how many seconds you want the list of names to scroll before one is selected.
Random Name Picker Fruit Machine
Random Name Pick Fruit Machine is another tool from Classtools.net. While this name picker is fun, visually appealing, and comes with sounds, some teachers do not like the gambling feel to the tool. It is designed to look like a Fruit Machine slot machine that would be found in a casino. However, many teachers also love the whimsy of the tool. If the Fruit Machine look isn’t for you, there is also a Typewriter version. You can input or paste your class list, just like the other tools. Then to select your name, you can either use Typerwrite or Fruit Machine.
Random Student Selector
Random Student Selector is a very basic random name picker, but it claims to be designed to eliminate the possibility of a student being selected more than one time. While this tool is not as fun or energetic as the first two tools listed, it still will get the job done. You can load, save, and select names. Once you’ve hit select, your random name will be shown, and then you can just keep hitting next to see another name. There are no engaging images or sounds on this tool.
Fun Ways to Use a Random Name Picker in Class
1.) Spelling Bee: Instead of entering student names, you could enter a list of keywords. Have the student turn their back to the screen and another student can randomly generate a word for the first student to spell.
2.) Vocabulary Contests: Similar to the above, you could enter vocabulary words into the random name picker and when a student is called on, they randomly select a word and define it in front of the class.
3.) Picking Groups: Ever worry about picking fair groups for students? Have them use the random name picker tools and create their own groups.
4.) Speech Order: Some students will never want to go first – or last – for a presentation or speech. Use a random name picker to select the order of your speeches in class.
5.) Line Leader: Just another fun way to select the line leader for the day.
With the variety of tools to use as a random name picker, and the great ideas above, hopefully you have something new, fun, and different to use in your classroom. If you have other ideas on how to use these tools, leave them below.