My new favorite tool is the website “Super Teacher Tools!” at http://www.superteachertools.com/index.php.
The other day we were working in class … I needed to put students in groups in a hurry. I called out names, you know, these four I want you to work together, and so on. But at the end of doing so … several students were lost. “Who did you tell me to work with?” The time lost was minimal but even that small amount of chaos was unacceptable.
Enter … Super Teacher Tools! Simply type in your students’ names to make class lists. It took me less than 30 minutes to type in all 6 classes. Now I simply click a button and voila! The program sorts students in to random groups … and the posting can be on the screen. Everyone can see what group they are assigned to!
Besides that, the program has a random student generator. So if I am not using computer for displaying assignments or work, I can use it to select students randomly during class for maximum participation – a good alternative to the popsicle stick option!
There are game templates at the site also … I haven’t explored those yet. Hopefully there will be time this weekend to create a review game for our equations unit!
I am always looking for online tools to simplify my work. If you know of one … please share!