All last year I thought about creating fair sticks for every one of my classes. Fair sticks are a way to take bias out of selecting students for things like classroom jobs. The random nature of the fair sticks lets everyone know that the teacher isn’t just picking favorites.
However, creating physical fair sticks would have entailed writing 458 names on popsicle sticks and keeping 18 cans of sticks near the front of the room without spilling them. Um, no. It just wasn’t feasible.
Enter Random Name Selector Lite, a free app that puts all of those 18 cans of sticks into a simple, user-friendly iPad app.
Creating groups and entering names is a breeze on the settings page, accessed by clicking the gear icon on the front page. To add a group, tap the plus sign on the top left. With the group selected, tap the plus sign in the upper right to add names of students. You can enter multiple names at once by simply separating each name with a comma. I think it took less time to type in the names than it would have to write them all on popsicle sticks!
You may change how many times the names may be selected. The default is 1 time, which means that once a name has been chosen, it won’t be chosen again. The toggles that you see in the above picture can be turned off and that child’s name will not be chosen.
Two themes come free with the app, the above Star theme and a Jungle theme which I think would be fun for the younger grades. If you purchase any additional theme for $.99 the ads go away!
I am already looking forward to using this app next year!