Review by Stacy Zeiger, Common Sense Education | Updated February 2014
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Groupmaker

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Improve classroom management and encourage collaborative work

Subjects & skills
Skills
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Character & SEL

Subjects
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Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
2-12
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Pros: Features allow teachers to create groups, take attendance, set time limits, and control noise levels.

Cons: Simple design fails to highlight all of the features and takes time to get set up.

Bottom Line: Don't be deceived by the design; multiple tools lie within this handy classroom management tool.

Teachers can use Groupmaker to create and organize student groups for one class or multiple classes. Those who teach multiple subjects may want to have math groups, reading groups, and groups for other key activities. A tool like this can help both teachers and students keep all of their different groups straight. The ability to add student photos will also prove useful when a substitute or other adult works with the class.

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Not surprisingly, Groupmaker focuses on allowing teachers to create groups. Getting started takes a bit of time, as teachers must manually add each class and all of the students. However, once everyone has been added, the rest of the process goes quickly and smoothly. Want to create groups with three members each? Select that option and students get grouped automatically. You can also account for gender or other factors you include in student profiles. Want to move a student to a new group? Simply drag and drop. Want to create different groups for different activities? Create and label groups for each one.

Once students are grouped, turn on some of the other features. For example, attendance mode allows you to mark absent students to better manage groups and make sure students have others to work with. Turning on the timer and displaying groups on a whiteboard or screen helps guide groups as they complete a timed task. Activating the sound meter helps groups keep their noise at an appropriate level and encourages them to stay on task.

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Teachers can agonize over creating groups, so it helps to have a tool that makes the process easier. The ability to add photos, gender, and other important factors to student profiles helps teachers keep students straight and place them into groups with others who play into their strengths. The completed group lists clearly display student names and photos, so there's no confusion over where students belong. The other features, such as the attendance taker, timer, and noise meter, help make working in groups easier for teachers and encourage students to stay on task, improving the learning process.

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Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Lacks a bit of flair, but Groupmaker encourages students to work together and participate in the learning process.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Multiple features help with classroom management and keep students focused.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Step-by-step instructions get teachers started, and the simple design creates little need for additional help.


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Stacy Zeiger Homeschooling parent

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Krissie L. , Other
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Howard County Public School System
Ellicott City, MD
Perfect Tool for Grouping

I find this app to be a time saver and create a better understanding of who my students or teachers are and what their needs are with regards to the task at hand. It has more than I expected and found additional tools that I listed above which ended up being major time savers and helpful for other group activities I realized I needed. It's super simple to use and intuitive design. I would like it implemented across the system so that I can share my groups with other teachers.

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