Teacher Tools - Who's Next?
By Naaptime Software
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Do the same one or two hands always pop up when you ask a question in your classroom? The Teacher Tools - Who's Next? app will shake things up for your class by allowing you to call on students randomly and even create randomized work groups!
Grab the app today to start realizing the benfits of random calling and random groups in your classroom immediately. Benefits include:
- Makes all students in the class accountable for the lesson information at all times.
- Eliminates any possible bias; no students will be called on too little or too much.
- Saves time when splitting class into groups for assignments.
- Helps with classroom management by not allowing students to pick their own groups.
- Simple to set up, takes just a couple of minutes to create a class and enter student names.
- Great way to use technology in the classroom and keep students engaged.
Calling on students randomly has been proven to have positive effects on learning by holding everyone equally accountable for the lesson. But implementing this differentiated instruction in the classroom is often a pain since it requires teachers to assign numbers to each pupil or number the desks, and then find a method for generating random numbers.
The Teacher Tools - Who's Next app makes the process simple! Just take a couple of minutes to set up your classes in the app, and you can start calling on students randomly any time in just seconds. To call the next student, just shake your iPhone or iPod Touch or tap a button on the screen. No one will be called on to little or too much and everyone will be participating in the lesson, knowing they can be called on at any time.
Do you draw a blank when it's time to break students up into groups? The app also allows you to create random groups to make group work quicker and help with classroom management by making sure the same students don't always work together. Just choose the class and the number of groups you want to break the class into, and a list of the groups will appear. The groups are even given optional names that can help spark students' creativity.
What's New in Version 2.0
Ok, get ready for a big update with great new features suggested by our users!
Here's what's new:
- Added ability to mark students as present/absent using on/off switches in student list. Absent students won't be called or placed in groups. Use "Set all ON" button to quickly reset entire class to present.
- Added ability to choose how to create groups: specify number of groups or specify number of students per group.
- Added student detail page where you can add student photos and edit names. Student photos appear on screen during random calling. Tap a student's name in the student list to view their detail page.
- Fixed bug, last names are now automatically capitalized when creating a new student.
Thanks for all the great feedback!
If you're using the app in your classroom, please leave a review on the app store to let us know how it's going and help other teachers find out about the app.
No more missing Popsicle sticks!
After replacing missing Popsicle sticks for the third time this year, I decided to go digital. I do not like to pay for apps, especially education-related ones, when there are so many freebies, but a coworker uses this app and our entire department decided to test it out. I was very happy from the get go by how easy it was to set up the class lists. I was even able to add a couple of the weird things my students love for random calling like "Most recent haircut" or "Closest birthday". I love that I can remove absent students from being called upon accidentally by switching them to the off position. Best of all, no more time wasted figuring out which Popsicle sticks have mysteriously vanished from the cup.
Good for groups! Recycles names :(
Bought this app after magic hat broke due to OSX 6 upgrade. It's totally awesome for random groups!!!
But for random students, it's not so great because it recycles names before all names have been used. I've used it and had the same student's name pop up three times in a row. I tried to change the settings to avoid this, but there doesn't appear to an option to keep names out until all names have been used. Also, user interface is super plain if you don't add a picture :(
Would have been 5 of 5 if not for these issues.
So much potential, but...
I was so excited about this app and what it could do for my teaching. But this app could be SOOOO much better! In addition to the suggestions made by other reviewers, I'd like to be able to use the app to indicate whether or not the student answered the question correctly. I'd also like to be able to track this over time so that I could assign a student a grade or determine a useful intervention based on the data. Two stars for the idea and execution but I feel it is overpriced in its current state. I'm looking forward to (and really hoping for!) some major updates in the near future.