Classtools.net offers two fun random word/name pickers for free: the fruit machine and the typewriter. These are great when you need a fair way to select students for reading, answering questions, assigning new seating charts, or delivering presentations. You could also enter vocabulary words and randomly select a word for students to define, or put in English words and then have students give the corresponding Spanish word, etc. As names/words are selected, you have the option to remove them from the list. My students like the typewriter option, because they try to guess whose name is slowly being spelled as letters are revealed.
Jessica Pilgreen is a high school English teacher, a Piasa Bluffs Writing Project fellow, and a technology enthusiast. The main purpose of this blog is to help her keep track of all of the fabulous tools out there that she has encountered, but if she can help a few others along the way, that's good, too.