Classroom Management

The Modern Day Popsicle Sticks: Random Name Generator

Do you remember in elementary school when your teacher would pull a popsicle stick out of a jar at random with a student’s name on it? And that was the student who was chosen to read their story or feed the goldfish or go to recess first?

Well, I still use popsicle sticks in my high school classroom. After all, it’s still the most fair way to decide which student is chosen! But, of course, being the owner of a blog called TeachBytes, I had to amp up my strategy to the 21st century. So… without further ado…. the Random Name Generator.

It’s simple:

  1. Create a title for your class or group of students
  2. Set up a password to access your group again (aka you don’t have to input the names every time you want to use it!)
  3. Input up to 100 student names
  4. Use the arrows to pull up a new student in random order
  5. Refresh the screen for a new order

Plus, you can present the names in a no-frills, visually-appealing way:

Screen Shot 2013-05-08 at 11.07.16 PM

Happy popsicle-upgrade, y’all!

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