I Am Thankful For New Ideas

Today is the final day of idea sharing for the We Are Thankful Linky Party over at Blog Hoppin’. I am truly thankful for all of the amazing new activities and tips I have picked up from my fellow bloggers and I hope you’ve all had a chance to swing by the linky to see the plethora of ideas for all grade levels.
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Something new I tried this week that I wish I knew about all along is a free app called Too Noisy.

TooNoisy noise meter display on iPad.
I displayed this app using my Apple TV and the kids were absolutely thrilled! The noise meter moves and the smiley face changes to a worried face when the noise level in the classroom is rising and then to a sad face when the noise level is too high.

The sensitivity of the meter is adjustable, which I love because you can change the settings based on what noise level is expected for the activity at hand. I had the sensitivity set fairly low for group collaboration time and then on high during independent work time.

It was such a hit, I am tempted to buy the “Pro” version so I can get the cute holiday theme backgrounds and the “alarm” that sounds when the noise level is too high.

Do you have any fun ways to monitor noise levels in your classroom? Share your ideas below.


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