As I've claimed before I cannot live without my iPad. I have tons of new apps that I want to share with you! Teacher's Pick is an awesome teacher tool. I usually only feature FREE apps but recently I've bought some pretty cool apps and feel that this one is worth the $1.99.
Teacher's Pick allows you to randomly pick students just like the "old fashioned" popsicle stick method!
Since I teach 1st - 8th graders (650 students) I added numbers rather than names to use in the lab! Each student has a class number so this works perfectly!
You can add as many classes as you want as you can see on the left I have Porter Mentees, Porter Staff, Porter Elementary, Porter Middle School and then Lab. By pressing the smile the iPad randomly selects a student and highlights their name/number in purple. You can mark students as absent so it doesn't pick someone who isn't there.
One other awesome feature is that it will randomly put students in groups! You set the number of students and give the groups a name and ta-da group work made easy!!! LOVE this feature!
I haven't done too much with badges but you have the ability to award students badges which I know students really like receiving.
Since Teacher's Pick is a paid app I wanted to offer a FREE alternative :)!
iLEAP Pick a Student is a good second choice. It doesn't look as pretty (Chalkdust font haha) but it does the trick and it costs nothing :)!