ipartner is a fun way to determine partners quickly and easily.
At the beginning of the year I give each student an ipartner phone. It’s a great get to know you project. Students work with other students to draw apps that represent both of them. There are 12 spots on the ipartner so they will work with 12 different people. I set a 5-7 minute time limit for each app and we do this over a few days.
When done, students keep them at their seat. Many of them tape them to their pencil box.
When we need partners, I say “Pull out your ipartner!” and then I announce a number like “10.” Students look at app 10 and partner up with that person.