Tuesday, February 24, 2015

How Do You Handle A Noisy Classroom?

Is your class too noisy at times? Come on... You can be honest. You know we all have them. Or  maybe you'd rather call them your really active class or maybe your class with a lot of enthusiasm. Well, I'm going to tell you about an app called Too Noisy. It works as a classroom sound meter. And it can be really helpful for classroom management.

I've written about this app before, but in this post I'll go into a little bit more detail about how it works.

I travel room to room, so I hook my IPad to the classroom teacher's Smart Board and pull up the app. Below are a couple of the screens I can chose from. You can see at the bottom of the screen there is a dial with a needle. The needle moves up closer to the red zone as the class gets louder.  When the needle moves into the red zone  an alarm sounds and the class will lose a star. If the needle stays out of the red zone after a set amount of time, the class will earn a star. Earn all ten stars and the class wins an  flashing star award with a lot of fanfare.

The Setting Options

The setting offers you numerous options you can chose from in setting the meter up. Check 'em out below.

You can actually chose how your screen will look when you go to the setting page. Below are the screen styles you can choose.

You can adjust how many minutes it takes to earn a star. You can also add a star or remove a star.  When you move on to a new class you can also reset and start all over again with your new class.

Another option you have on the settings page is how sensitive to noise you want the  needle to be. You can adjust it more or less sensitive. You can also adjust how sensitive you want the needle to be when it moves from level to level with the dampening option. The two settings can be seen below.  

The style of your dial is another option offered. Below are the variety of styles.

Too Noisy has been an app that has worked well in my art class. What do you think about it? Do you think it would work well in your art room. I'd love to hear what you think about it?

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