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5 Classroom Noise Monitor Apps for Teachers

Teachers generally have trouble with the noisy classrooms. Sometimes students are two loud at the time of class discussions. There are various applications available in the present time for monitoring the classrooms. Some may be effective for teachers for quiet workplace. Whereas, classrooms of 21st Century focus on understanding and participation, the teachers still need to maintain an environment cardinal to learning. There is a monumental difference between constructive conversation and disruption. And therefore teachers have to teach the difference to students.

We’ve chosen some of the classroom noise monitor apps that teachers can use to calm the chaos.

Classcraft

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Classcraft’s Volume Meter enables teachers to manage their classroom by setting a max volume limit of their choice. As the class makes noise, a horizontal bar fills up, and volume fluctuates in real time. This lets students see exactly how close they’re getting to the high, which the teacher can adjust anytime. If the noise stays below the limit, students earn “treasure” when the meter is stopped. If students reach to maximum, they lose their chance at the reward. Teachers can also set a timer if they want the Volume Meter to run for a specific period of time.


Bouncy Balls is a simple, free noise meter that can be used in the classroom. As sounds increase, plastic balls, emoji, bubbles, or eyeballs shoot up from the bottom of the screen and move erratically until levels decrease.



Classcraft

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Too Noisy is another free classroom noise monitor app which offers both a free browser tool and mobile apps for Android and iOS. Here, an arrow spins left and right on a dial, similar to a speed meter in a car. When the volume of class is low, the arrow stays in the green and yellow range. But when students get too loud, the arrow spikes into oranges and reds, warning students that they have hit the max. Behind the meter is a blue sky with clouds and a happy emoji. When students start to get loud, the sky turns orange, the clouds gray, and the emoji frowns. When the max is reached, the whole sky is dark gray and black, and the emoji becomes a crying face.



ClassDojo

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

A noise level meter made just for your classroom. Show students the classroom noise visualized and encourage them to self-manage. The Noise Meter helps remind students what the appropriate volume should be in the classroom at specific times.


Too Loud - Noise Meter & Timer

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

With Noise Meter & Timer for Kids keeping the kids quiet will become fun and competitive. You set the timer duration, meter sensitivity and start the timer. While the time passes the voice meter measures and graphically shows the noise level.

This app can be used in classroom by teachers and at home by parents or other responsible adults.


Calm Counter

Calm Counter

(Website)

Calm Counter is a Flash-based web app that provides visual feedback on the amount of noise in your classroom. Setup is simple -- turn down your speakers, connect a microphone, and watch as the speedometer-like indicator rises and falls with noise levels.

No worries, if your sans mic (though here's one for less than $10) -- we tried Calm Counter with the built-in laptop mic with no issues. There's even a microphone sensitivity control to optimize the CalmCounter with your hardware (we used Level 8 with the laptop mic) and your own idea of acceptable noise levels. The applications for such a tool seem endless. Perhaps a little gamification for each noise level. Or if you're feeling really gnarly, invite parents to a Google Hangout and let them hear and see when students can't stay calm!