Here are a few apps and websites that can help.
Too Noisy for ipad, iphone, and ipod shows "players" how loudly they are speaking. The app measures the volume of the noise in a room and displays a meter indicating whether or not the the room is too noisy. There is also an online version Too Noisy Online that comes with a free "Lite" version available for iOS and android as well as a "Pro" version.
In the Pro version, when the noise level is acceptable, a happy, smiley face appears above the noise meter. When it is not acceptable, an audible alarm sounds. When it's way too loud, the App appears to shatter the screen. Note the alarm can be turned off, and the incident counter can be reset.
Bouncy Balls is a free tool for smartphones and computers that shows students the volume of the noise around them by displaying a set of colorful bouncing balls. The higher the decibel level goes, the higher and more frequently the balls on the screen bounce. To use Bouncy Balls simply go to the website, click "begin bouncing," and then click the microphone icon to allow the site to access your computer's microphone. And, if you don't like colorful bouncy balls, there are bouncing emoji (with loads of different expressions), bullbles and eyeball that bounce and react to the noise around them.
Calmness Counter is similar to Bouncy Balls, although instead of colorful balls, cute emoji, calming bubbles, or funky eyeballs, it has a cool color-coded noise level meter. Like Bouncy Balls, Calm Counter is a website that activates your microphone and registers the room's noise level. The difference is that Calmness Counter displays a dial meter to display the decibel level. It begins with a calm, bright gree which will move from green to yellow to ortange to reddish purple. You can adjust the microphone input sensitivity directly on the Calmness Counter screen.
Whether you're at home, having a yard party, or in school: Projecting any tools for your students to see could be a good way to help them understand the appropriate volume for conversations, for "background" music, or for indoor and outdoor play.
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