Random name pickers like the ones found here on classtools.net are great online tools that can bring a dead classroom to life in no time! The anticipation of getting your name picked at random is a fun way to keep kids attentive and fully engaged in what’s going on in class.
However, with many parents now homeschooling their kids, a random name picker might not be the kind of online tool that parents think to use or keep on hand as a bookmarked site. Which is why I’ve made a list of the Top 5 Ways to use a random name picker while homeschooling!
Working on a certain math concept and want a fun way to add in a few extra math problems? Type in 5 to 10 math problems for kids to complete at random. You can up the ante of this activity by connecting incentives to correct answers. You can have your child tell you the answer out loud (like with a lightning round of multiplication facts) or if you’re busy doing something else, like cooking, have students write down their answers on paper or a digital device so you can check their work later!
Switch up the math facts for vocabulary words! Have your kiddo write the definition to each word that randomly pops up, or they can recall the definition out loud to you. This is also a great way to introduce new vocabulary words! For each word, have a dictionary nearby so that new words can be looked up and recorded in a way that works best for your child.
Have your student choose what activity to complete next at random! This spices things up a bit so that everything still gets done academically in a super fun way!
Slightly different, a task board gives students which task to complete next. So where an activity board would focus on a single subject, for example, write down each spelling word 5 times, and the next activity could be to spell each word out loud, then use each one of your spelling words in a story, etc. A task board varies across subjects. So one task could be: write your spelling words, then the next task could be to do your daily word problem, then the next task could be read pages 7 – 10 in your social studies book, then complete your science activity, etc.
This is a fantastic way to use the random name picker, and by far one of my absolute favorites! It’s faster than typing in names and it’s a great way to break up the monotony of the day. If you enjoy creating stations, try this on your next go around. Let’s say for example I have 5 stations, a reading station, a craft station, a music station, an iPad activity station, and a math station. Just number each station and then use the random picker to choose which station your child completes next! Use a timer to add more structure for this activity.
Teach like a champ with the random name picker app!
It can be used in so many different ways across all subjects for added engagement! And as you can see, it doesn’t have to be used in a classroom with lots of kids! Using the random name picker with just one child can really make learning come alive and add fun throughout the school day!
Got a way to use the random name picker in a way I haven’t mentioned? What is your favorite way to use this awesome app?