Common Sense Review
Updated December 2013

Too Noisy Pro

Handy tool helps students monitor their classroom volume
Common Sense Rating 3
  • Control the noise threshold, rewards, and other aspects of the app.
  • As the classroom gets louder, the mood of the image changes.
  • Customize the screen with multiple templates.
  • Being too loud results in a cracked screen and the sound of an alarm.
Rewards and background themes help keep kids engaged in monitoring their sound levels.
Microphone sensitivity may cause the alarm to sound when it is not justified.
Bottom Line
Too Noisy Pro can help kids pay attention to their sound levels and stay on task while working.
Stacy Zeiger
Common Sense Reviewer
Homeschooling parent/instructor
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

Themed backgrounds encourage kids to pay attention to the screen. As they work, the constantly adjusting meter, the ability to earn stars, and an alarm when they get too loud keeps kids focused on sticking to an appropriate noise level.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

Kids learn the importance of following the rules and what it means to keep the noise at an appropriate level. Different sound settings help fit a variety of learning environments.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

A basic help file answers questions teachers may have and provides an overview of how to use the app.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

If teachers want Too Noisy Pro to work effectively, they must spend time talking to students about its purpose. When they first introduce it to the class, they can play a few games to introduce students to what appropriate volume levels sound like in each classroom scenario (independent work time, test-taking time, group work time, etc.) and what sound students should listen for to know they’re being too loud. While the stars themselves may be enough to motivate some students, teachers should tie them to a larger reward to provide extra motivation. For example, maybe earning 10 stars earns the class an extra 10 minutes of recess.

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What's It Like?

On the screen, kids see a noise detector and a cute background. Behind the scenes, teachers set the acceptable sound level, microphone sensitivity, theme, and a host of other options. After setup, most teachers will opt to display the app on a larger screen so all students can track the noise level in the classroom. If the class remains at an acceptable level for the entire interval selected by the teacher (between one minute and 15 minutes), they earn a star. If they do not, they see the noise meter increase and eventually watch the screen crack as an alarm sounds. Teachers can select from six generic alarms or opt to record their own alarm to get students' attention. Once students quiet down, the interval starts again and students have another chance to earn stars.

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Is It Good For Learning?

A little noise can be a good thing in a classroom, but during some activities quiet is better. Whether sitting through a short lesson, working independently, or talking in groups, students can see Too Noisy Pro's sound meter in the background as a reminder to keep the volumne at an appropriate level. The potential to earn stars motivates them, and the sounding alarm quickly reminds them to calm it down.

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