You are probably used to making random selections of your students, but this engaging decision making tool will capture the participating cheers of an entire classroom.
Does your class have a decision to make?
Are your students saying "pick me" and you'd like an engaging, unbiased way to make your selections?
Do you need a printout of your entire class, listed randomly?
How about dividing your class into two or more teams?
Last but not least, a class favorite: On occasion, give your students one chance in six of not having to take that scheduled test today!
If you have 70 seconds to spare, and a way to display your computer screen, then just start up this program, press the GO button, and hold on to your seats! Six horses, each with truly random intentions, embark on a mesmerizing race to the finish line 70 seconds away. The top two finishers will determine destiny for a classroom of up to 30 students.
By saving a simple class list, (printable by the program), each student is assigned two named horses, a lead horse and a runner-up to root for and call their own. There are six named horses, which means there are 30 possible combinations for first and second place. At the end of each race, your class list is ranked according to the random performance of each student's horses, and the top three student "winners" are displayed. Access to the entire (savable & printable) list of up to 30 students is just a click away.
Also, in addition to creating lists of students, you can create lists of choices. Have a race as simple as the "YES" horse against the "NO" horse. Or race to see which activity your class will do this afternoon. Will it be silent reading, cleaning up the room, or some other options? You decide and customize. The horses will even assume the names of your choices.
The fluid and nail-biting nature of each race is a key feature of this program. Will the quick lead maintain it throughout? Yes, that will happen sometimes. Or will the one that lags suddenly finish strong? Or will two or three duke it out with lead changes along the way? This decision making process will truly keep you guessing!
Finally, the students learn first hand, with attentions fixed, how probability works. The program maintains statistics on past races, so students can even try to guess who's "due".
Installation (win XP / 7 / 8):
There is no formal installation. Just unpack the zip file and you are ready to go. Even carry the program around with you on your thumb-drive.
BEST UNZIP METHOD:
1. Double-click on the zip file to reveal its contents. This is very similar to opening an ordinary folder.
2. Locate the contents, which is ANOTHER FOLDER, named "Classroom Decision Maker".
3. Drag this content FOLDER out of the opened zip window to a destination of your choice.
4. The content folder will then be copied to your chosen drag destination. Locate this new "Classroom Decision Maker" folder that appears at your drag destination. Open this folder to run the program inside it, named: "Classroom Decision Maker.exe" .
INSTALLATION NOTE #1: If, instead of using the unzip method above, you use the Windows Right-Click/"Extract All" method of unzipping the file, your program folder will be nested inside the extraction results folder. Because these nested folders have such long names, if you run the program from inside this "nest", YOU MAY GET AN ERROR that says, "Unable to load movie playlist". The EASY SOLUTION is to simply move the program folder, named simply, "Classroom Decision Maker", outside of its encapsulating folder. It's a good idea to do this anyway - other problems could result from the long names.
INSTALLATION NOTE #2: An important note for thumb-drive users: This program becomes "registered" to the first storage device on which it is run. If you run the program on your computer and then try to transfer the folder to a thumb drive, it will tell you that copies of the software will not run. The SOLUTION is simply to unpack a "fresh" folder from the zip file and place it on your thumb-drive before running it for the first time.
Please don't hesitate to ask questions. I'm here to help. -- Stephen Tupaj
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