Monica Burns is one of my favorite people to follow on Twitter. She is always tweeting about new apps, websites and tools to use in the classroom. Just recently I watched one of her webinars on SimpleK12 for the 3rd or 4th time. Yes...you heard me correctly. I have watched it at least 4 times. In the webinar, she discusses apps for managing the classroom. Some are free and some are paid. I went through her entire list and picked my top 3 that were FREE. Below are the 3 apps I find would be most useful in the classroom today:
Random Number Generator - This app allows you to randomly select a number. You can put in a minimum number and a maximum number. It also allows you to partner two numbers together randomly. Since all of my students have a number, this app works perfectly. It definitely beats pulling sticks to call on students.
Traffic Light - This app allows students to show you a green light, yellow light and red light. You can use it to check for understanding with students. Or you can use it during reading/writing workshop to see if students need help or need to conference.
Randomly - This app allows you to put in your entire class list of names. It will randomly pick a student and keep track of which students were NOT called on.
I love to try new things in my classroom...ESPECIALLY at the end of the year. I want to keep students excited about school, so that we can end the year strong!