3 Ways to Use the Pick-a-Name Feature in Your Classroom

Do you hear crickets in your classroom when you ask your students a question? This hesitation to share is seen in the classroom more often than we would like. To help you solve this issue and engage with your students, you can use ClassPoint’s Pick-a-Name feature.

Pick-a-Name allows you to randomly and easily choose a student to answer your questions. You won’t have to worry about hurting anyone’s feelings or picking unfairly. Plus, students will be on their toes never knowing whose name will appear behind the box. Once names have been turned over, you can also use this feature to help you keep track of who has participated and who hasn’t.

Of course, there are many different ways to use Pick-a-Name in your virtual or physical classroom, but below we highlight 3 of the most common ways to keep your students talking and engaged in your lesson.

Example #1: Choose a Random Student


So, let’s say you have asked your students to tell you about their definition of camouflage. Instead of waiting for hands to be raised, use the Pick-a-Name feature to randomly choose a student to tell your their definition.

On the ClassPoint toolbar, click on the Pick-a-Name icon. This is the icon with the little person raising their hand. When it opens, you will see a number of boxes appear on-screen. Each one of your students’ names is randomly placed behind a colored box. To choose a student, just click on any box to reveal their name!

This can be used at any point in your presentation. Once the Pick-a-Name screen is exited, you can move through your slides and open it back up. When opened it will still have the names revealed that have been turned over previously. This way, all your students have a chance to participate.

Example #2: Separate Students Into Groups

You can also use the Pick-a-Name feature to help you split your students into groups or breakout rooms. When it is done randomly, students that might not often work together often have the chance to collaborate.

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If you have used the Pick-a-Name feature earlier in your presentation and want to clear it back to having all the boxes colored, just click on Restart. The names will shuffle and be behind colored boxes once again.

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You can group your students based on columns, rows, or any other way that suits you. Once you have the number of groups and number of students in each group decided, reveal some boxes and write down the groups of students, or just have students get in their groups right away.

Example #3: Assign Tasks to Students

This way can be done all on its own if you have classroom tasks or in conjunction with Example #2. Use Pick-a-Name to pick a random student for a task or use it to assign multiple students tasks.

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For example, if you have split your students into groups by column, you can assign tasks by row. Each student in Row 1 could be the timekeeper for their group to make sure they finish the task on time, Row 2 could be a note-taker, Row 3 could be a presenter.

Have you used Pick-a-Name in your classroom? We would love to hear what your students think & the different ways that you all have found to bring it to life in your classroom!

For more information on Pick-a-Name, watch the tutorial video & read our guide on getting started with ClassPoint.

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2 Responses

  1. Choose the first name to ask a question, then I’ll choose another name to let him to answer the question.

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