Groups can be set up randomly or purposefully depending on your desired outcome. Random grouping can put together groups of students that otherwise would never work together, this can cause students to develop new relationships and a respect for others in their class. However the opposite can also occur, this could cause issues depending on personalities. It is important to know what kind of groupings you would like to see.


Dare to Differentiate Wiki - Flexible Grouping Ideas


Here are some apps to help you create random groups:
iLeap Pick a Student
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Free
Add your class list in and randomly have students drawn to add to group.
List Selector
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Free
Allows you to pair lists, pick groups, pick individually, & edit lists.
Teacher's Pick HD
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$1.99
Teacher’s Pick (for the iPhone and iPod Touch) and Teacher’s Pick HD (for the iPad)
give you the ability to randomly and uniquely choose students
RandoMeister
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$0.99
Randomly display individual student names or place your entire class into groups.
Pick Me
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$0.99
A teacher can quickly randomly pick students or pair them with a click of the button.
Easily arrange classes into groups.

Websites

Random Name Selector

http://primaryschoolict.com/random-name-selector/

Automatic Group Maker

http://www.superteachertools.com/instantclassroom/group-maker.php

Seating Chart Maker

http://www.superteachertools.com/instantclassroom/seating-chart-maker.php


Software

Triptico

http://www.triptico.co.uk/