A programming idea – or at least a discussion

I ran across this website and played around a bit.  It’s definitely one for those who insist on quiet classrooms.  I’m not sure that I could name anyone who insists on quiet these days though.  A noisy classroom can be a sign of an engaged group.

Anyway, the premise is straight forward.  The application monitors the your microphone and responds to the level of noise that it hears.

The activity on the screen increases with sound until it hits a threshold and then throws up a message.

You have a choice of things to display on the screen and sliders to indicate what the tolerance will be.

I will admit that the Eyeballs are a bit creepy.  But, just their presence could be the start of a discussion. 

Your digital citizenship classroom is aware that you’re capable of being tracked on the internet.  In fact, the Internet of Things is everywhere, growing, and concerns pop up in the strangest of places.

Can Children Toys Spy on You? Consumer Watchdogs File Lawsuit

How do you know that the classroom noise isn’t being sent somewhere else like the principal’s office?  I supposed the easiest way would be to turn off the internet connection and see if the program crashes.  A good activity would be to numerate the number of ways that students are being followed daily, whether online or not.  The list continues to grow and an awareness of this is important.

How about the computer science classroom?  Your programming language of choice typically has access to your computer’s microphone.  Could your students use this as inspiration to write their own noise monitoring program.  It could be a great deal of fun.

Check the original out at:  https://bouncyballs.org/

 

 

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2 Replies to “A programming idea – or at least a discussion”

  1. I’m wondering how active are computer screen would be. I agree with you about the value of noise, but too much noise can make it hard to focus. I always think that we are trying to find a good middle ground. Having some quiet areas of the classroom can be beneficial too. I wonder if the number of bouncing balls would vary depending on where the computer is located in the classroom. This would be interesting to see.

    Thanks for always sharing new resources and applications with us!
    Aviva

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