Class “Name Generator” Tool May Aid Math Students

Having a computer program randomly select student names for the teacher to
call on appears to help students pay more attention and prepare more for class
according to this
University of Florida study

It’s easy to overlook the impact the "low-tech" stuff, like a simple
randomizer program, can have on the classroom.



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  • I use the “wheel of misfortune”. Just a paper or transparency spinner with all of the students’ names. I spin it and allow it to pick the next victim…I mean volunteer. I agree that sometimes “low-tech” is the way to go.

  • I love low key as well. I use a deck of playing cards. Each one has a student name on it and I simply deal the next card. The beauty of this is that I never need to keep track of students called on. The used cards go back in the box and the unused are rubber banded together for the next lesson. When the deck is used up I shuffle (the kids get very anxious) and start dealing again. It’s fantastic!

  • I also have used the playing card method! However, some of the kids told me that when I shuffled, I was making some of the names go to the top. I started using a small and portable electronic card shuffler, and it works great!