Monday, September 17, 2012

Monitoring The Class Noise Level...with Technology

A short, sweet, fun, "yes, I need that tool" post today....
Ok, these two sites were shared with me by our school's STEM teacher...and I thought they were too cool to not pass on....the one above monitors the class noise level with bouncing balls...when everyone's quiet, the balls are still.  Here's the {new} link...http://neave.com/bouncy-balls/

And this one is called the Calm Counter Noise Dial...here is the link....
http://www.ictgames.com/calmCounter.html

These are great tools that will help students collectively self-monitor their noise levels.  Don't worry that the microphones are recording your conversation, they are not. They are just using your computer's microphone to pick up the class room noise.  And if it doesn't work right away, make sure you are using the latest version of Adobe Flash...you can google, "download latest version of Adobe Flash Player" and get it.

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Happy Reading! Jen
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20 comments:

  1. My class is SO loud....this post just made my day!
    Thank you!
    Laurie
    Chickadee Jubilee

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  2. OMG!!! I totally love this!! Thanks for sharing!

    Angela
    The Daily Alphabet

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  3. Oh my word!!!! That bouncy ball one is awesome! Thanks for sharing;))))

    4th Grade Frolics

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  4. This is so cool. Thank you!!

    Eden
    teachinginflats.blogspot.com

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  5. I tried the bouncy ball one and it didn't work:(
    Any ideas?
    Tonya
    Tonya’s Treats for Teachers

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    1. Make sure you turn the microphone on or it won't work. (Top left corner)
      Life with Mrs. L

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    2. I had the same problem. I searched for a direct link to the website, which worked. http://ictmagic.visibli.com/share/texdW3
      Hope this helps!

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  6. I'm really excited about these. Thanks for sharing.
    Life with Mrs. L

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  7. I love it!!! Hoping those sites won't be blocked when I try them at school.

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  8. I can't wait to try this. I can take my Yacker Tracker off the wall and use the much needed wall space!
    Carmela
    Diary of a Teachaholic

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  9. I'm afraid my kids would talk just to see the balls bounce...

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    1. That's ok. That's how they learn. It's human nature, I think. ;-)

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  10. This is so awesome! I shared it with my students today and they LOVED it!!!! All day they asked if we could check the bouncy balls :)

    Thanks for sharing!

    ~Sarah
    Wishful Teaching

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  11. Mine doesn't work... help!

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  12. For the "balls" one, you have to click on the microphone icon and "allow access"...it listens for class noise through your computer's built-in microphone. Also, make sure your computer has an updated version of Adobe Flash Player. http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/?no_redirect

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  13. I updated my Adobe and still can't get the bouncy ball to work?

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    1. Did you turn the microphone on? It picks up noise from your computer's internal microphone. You have to give the program permission. Try that. If not that, I'm not sure what to tell you, maybe check with a colleague or media specialist.

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  14. Make sure you copy the link. Clicking on the picture won't work. :-)

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  15. How cool! I had a classroom iPad last year and an app called "too noisy." It had a meter and a smiley face. The face would cry the kiddos were too loud. But I like these options for the computer as well!

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