I think it happens to all of us from time to time when we ask a question in the class there might be silence in the class. Then, we ask “Any volunteers?”, and go one step further and say “common guys…!” 🙂

I came across a variety of fun ways of picking students in Ozge Karaoglu’s blog which is one of the blogs I really like reading because it’s full of creative teaching ideas and suggestions. I decided to try out some of the apps to see how they look and to examine whether they are user-friendly.

Dart Board Selector

The first one is Dart-Board Selector. It’s free and all you need to do is to sign up with your e-mail.

ScreenHunter_08 Apr. 04 17.45You need is typing in your class list and once you do that if you would like to try out another app in BarryFunEnglish, your class list will be directly copied onto the next one.

Then, after you are done, you need to hit create and you end up with a dart board which bears the name of your learners.

All you need to do is hit the target and choose one of your students to respond to questions or do the next exercise.

Fruit Machine

If you would like to have something noisy then you may wish to try out the Fruit Machine.

ScreenHunter_09 Apr. 04 18.14It’s an enjoyable app which would put the names of your learners on to a Fruit Machine. All you need to do is wait and see the “lucky one”.

For more apps and ideas you can visit the following links:

More Name Generators 

Students Selectors and Grouping Tools