I’m a believer in the value of classroom chatter. Very often, amazing things happen when we just let kids interact, chat, collaborate, discuss, speculate, pontificate…Yeah, I pretty much am a fan of that kind of classroom. Most of the time.
BUT, I know and appreciate the fact that there are times when classrooms should be quiet places….during tests, silent reading time, study centers, active writing… you can probably name a few (dozen) more. Here’s a cool tool you can use to keep the volume on the down-low at times when it matters: Bouncy Balls
It’s ridiculously easy, so I’m not going to take much time to explain things here. Just a few tips:
- Run this in Chrome or Firefox (it doesn’t seem to like IE)
- You need a microphone, and you’ll have to click “allow” to let the program access it.
- Feeling crazy? Switch from bouncy balls to emojis, bubbles, or eyeballs
Ideas for use ~ also super-simple:
- Challenge class to keep the balls as still as possible
- You may want to build in rewards or consequences
- Use a projector or SmartBoard to make it large
That’s pretty much it. Bouncy Balls is just kind of cool, so I thought I’d share. Let me know what you think of it.
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