Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Random Name Pickers

Hi Tailgaters! This is Shana from Enchanted with Technology and I'm super excited to share my first post on Technology Tailgate.
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Tired of pulling popsicle sticks to randomly choose students? Make it more exciting by using one of the random name pickers to select students. They are super easy to use! The first one is called The Hat and is a free software download that takes no time at all. Once it is downloaded, an icon of a hat will appear on your desktop. When you launch the program, all you have to do is click the green plus sign to add your students' names.
The Hat

You then have the choice to pick individual names or pick pairs. I really like the idea of picking pairs because students never like who you pair them with anyways. Now you can tell them it was completely random :)

When you are ready, click on the hat icon in the toolbar and now you can begin randomly picking student names!

The other random name picker I like to use is on Classtools.net. It is internet based so if you don't like downloading you may prefer this one. Again, all you would need to do is add a list of your students' names. It can be copied and pasted from a word document or spreadsheet to make it easier.
There are two different versions you can use for the random name picker. However, the Fruit Machine seems to be the most popular but it is still definitely worth it to try the Typewriter version out.

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  1. I'm new to the IPad, would The Hat be able to be used on an IPad? Thanks!!

    1. Hi Jenalyn! Yes, there is a Hat app that works on the iPad and Iphone. Right now in the app store it's $0.99. Here's a link to check it out: Hat app

    2. Great!! Thank you soooooo much!!

  2. Awesome ideas! I looked all year last year for something like this. Guess I didn't look hard enough!

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  3. I used The Hat last year A LOT! The kids loved it and it did make pairing kids much less painless :)! Great tool that I will be using even moe this year!