iPals takes a modern twist on "clock buddies."
Use these phones to pair students up with a partner.
Each student will get their own phone. Students will fill in all of their "speed dial" numbers with other classmates. When you are ready to pick partners, simply choose a speed dial number. Whoever the student has listed for the number called will be the partner he/she works with.
Students love this method because they will have some choice in who is listed on their "speed dial."