Random Student Name is a tool for randomly selecting students from your class. It will select in an unbiased fashion and without repetition until all members have been selected.
Typically Random Student Name is used for deciding 'who will answer the next question', or for dividing your class into random pairs or teams for group work.
At the beginning of the school year teachers can set their class list (up to 32 students). Random student name is easy to edit when students need to be added or taken from your class list. It is also easy to temporarily omit a student from the list in the case of students which may be absent on a particular day.
This is one of many creative interactive activities available from John Short's wonderful website:
A 60 second timer with a difference!
A sure-fire way of getting your students' attention in 10 seconds.
If I had to recommend just one book about classroom management, it would be "Tools for Teaching" by Fred Jones. Fred Jones has observed teachers (good and bad) in classrooms for over 30 years and through observation and experiment has distilled the essence of good classroom management into this book. I highly recommend it. Failing that, Fred has put summaries of his classroom management strategies on his website at