Monday, March 20, 2017

Zero Noise Classroom - Stopwatch & Noise Level Display

Zero Noise Classroom
free noise level display & stopwatch for the cooperative learning classroom.

ApplicationZero Noise Classroom provides a countdown timer and a noise meter into one convenient Chrome app. It helps students be aware of the noise level in the classroom during cooperative learning activities, and moderate it accordingly. When you launch Zero Noise Classroom you can set the countdown timer and adjust the goal for the volume of noise in your classroom. When the selected time is over, a chime will sound.  The percentage of time that the noise level has exceeded the optimal level is displayed so the teacher can use that value in gamification techniques.

Classroom ideas:

Displaying a countdown during the activity adds gamification elements to the process. Choosing the right time for each activity is important so that the time is not too short because that would generate too much stress, or too long because it would lose tension.  This process requires some practice and tweaking.

Some teachers give each exercise/task a preassigned difficulty, which they translate in the amount of time necessary to solve the exercise. Teachers can create a code to represent minutes, such as a number of stars: zero stars (☆☆☆) = 2 or 3 minutes, one star (★☆☆) = 5 minutes, two stars (★★☆) = 10 minutes, and 3 stars (★★★) are at least 15 minutes.