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Easy Ways to Group Your Students Digitally

Friday, January 12, 2018 / Leave a Comment
Do you ever want to quickly arrange your students into groups or partners and have those groups projected on the board for everyone to see? Here are a few ways to digitally group your students.

Easy ways to group your students digitally. Many options are offered in this post that can be used on Chromebooks, laptops, computers and iPads. There are also an option for Google Drive!

Free Web Tools

The Random Student Generator will help you quickly group your class list into groups (2-20 groups!).

Random Student Generator-quickly group students digitally and project on your board!

Class Dojo has a random group maker built into their Toolkit. You can also find this as an app for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire.

Class Dojo group generator-quickly group students digitally and project on your board!

Random Group Maker by Flipquiz is another easy one. Add your class list and type in how many groups you would like and students will randomly be place in groups.


Super Teacher Tools has a random group maker. You do have to sign up for a free account!

iOS Apps





Team Shake ($0.99) is an app available for iOS devices that will allow you to quickly group students.







Randomly for Educators is a FREE iOS app that will allow you to group students.






Chwazi Finger Chooser is a fun one! Students place their finger on the screen and the app will partner or group students according to the criteria you enter.



I blogged over on the PicCollage blog about how you can use the free app, PicCollage, to group students. Click the image below to read all about it:


What if I don't want to RANDOMLY place students into groups?

Many times we want to have control over which groups our students are assigned to. Personality conflicts can cause issues. Best friends can cause issues. Learning levels can cause issues. If you are looking for a way to group your students EASILY, then you might be interested in my DIGITAL STUDENT GROUPING ORGANIZER FOR GOOGLE SLIDES™.

Use this Google Slides™ template to arrange students into cooperative learning groups or partners. 6 different templates are included! It will be stored in your Google Drive and can be updated on any device!

6 templates are included: Grouping for 2-6 groups as well as partners. Add student names to the rectangles and then click and drag them to where they need to go! Directions are included so you know how to type students names in ONE TIME and then use on the different slides. Here is an example of completed groups (you can also change the colors of the gray rectangles to represent gender,  reading level, etc. for a quick visual to help you arrange heterogenous groups.)

Use this Google Slides™ template to arrange students into cooperative learning groups or partners. 6 different templates are included! It will be stored in your Google Drive and can be updated on any device!

Project groups on the board, share via Google Classroom™/your LMS or print! The beauty of grouping in Google Slides™ is that you can easily update groups from anywhere in the room on any device. It will change in real time on the other end!

You also might be interested in my DIGITAL READING GROUPS & ANECDOTAL NOTES ORGANIZER IN GOOGLE SLIDES™. I had originally created this for a reading specialist who wanted a digital way to take anecdotal notes for individual children as she met with students in reading groups. Since this has been posted, I added to this resource so it can be used with word study and writing groups!

DIGITAL Reading groups and anecdotal notes organizer in Google Slides™


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