8 reasons why 'too noisy pro' is an essential app for teachers
By Nick Acton
Apps can work their way in to almost every aspect of teaching and learning. Including behaviour management. Some schools use apps to monitor behaviour. Some use apps to reward good behaviour. There are a few apps that can actively discourage bad behaviour before it has even happened. There are even a few apps that can help to control negative behaviour when it is happening. Amazingly, Too Noisy Pro can do all of the above.
Too Noisy Pro is an app that uses the microphone of the iPad to pick up noise and display the sound on a dial. If the children become ‘Too Noisy’ the dial will be pushed in to the red and an alarm sounds. It doesn’t sound that intriguing at first (no pun intended). However, the wider features within the app make Too Noisy Pro extremely useful in a number of different ways. Below are just eight reasons why I think that it is an essential app for any iPadding teacher…
1) Star Awards
4) Mobile Noise Monitor
5) Asking for more noise
6) Changing the alarm
7) Changing the look
8) Long-term behaviour monitoring
To be completely honest with you, the response has been different every time I have used this app with Primary School children. Some respond by developing coughs as they like to set the dial going. Others become obsessed with setting the alarm off. However, the large majority of children have responded very positively to it. When the app is introduced correctly and enough weight is attached to the star awards the children will begin to control their own volumes as soon as they see the app being opened. It can be an effective tool. The level at which you embrace the tool is up to you.
Nick Acton is an Apple Curriculum Specialist at JTRS as well as being a part-time Computing and Music teacher. Through the creation of bespoke training, Nick specialises in empowering educators so they can embed Apple technologies into their day-to-day classroom practice.