Brian, that sounds interesting. I agree with Lauren too, I use popsicle sticks on a daily basis with my class and it works great.
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Classtools.net has one http://www.classtools.net/random-name-picker/ They also have a Fakebook, SMS generators, and other fun tools.
I like the popsicle stick idea: each kid has there name on a popsicle stick and teacher randomly chooses them as needed. You can put sticks back or keep them out as students are called to make sure everyone gets called.
Kahoot.it is great for interactive informal assessment tool. Students could use their phones, Chromebooks, laptops or desktops or provide them with the answer shapes that they might hold up in the air to show their answers.
I also use fun "stuffed" things to toss for participation such as a stuffed school mascot or an animal that comes from a Spanish speaking country. I've also used a Minion!
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