Monitoring Classroom Volume
BEST District - January 4, 2017
When students collaborate, it is easy for their volume to increase beyond conversational levels. When students unlock new levels of understanding, their energy is inevitable. A great way to support students with maintaining an appropriate level of discourse is with self monitoring tools. These two tools will inform students of the classroom volume level, therefore allowing them to adjust their conversations accordingly.
Bouncy Balls uses the microphone of any device (PC, laptop, tablet, or phone), and graphs the decibel level of the classroom. When the volume of the classroom reaches a certain threshold, the "bouncy balls" begin shaking indicating the volume is reaching critically high levels.
In much the same way as Bouncy Balls, Calmness Counter uses the device's microphone to visually depict the classroom volume.
Daniel Watson, M.Ed.
ICATS School Support
BEST District of the EVSC