Monday, January 09, 2012

Teachers Have Sensory Needs Too

Being an Avoider does not stop at childhood.  These sensory processing patterns tend to stay with us throughout life.  Hopefully the more we understand our sensory selves, the more we can develop strategies to help us navigate through life.

Having grown up in a large family, I am used to a significant amount of auditory chaos.  I can generally tolerate a noisy working environment.  This suits me in my current job as I work with students in a variety of natural environments: classrooms, loud cafeterias, boisterous playgrounds and gyms with poor acoustics.  Each classroom has different noise levels.  I think this reflects the range of tolerance individual teachers have for sound.  If a teacher is an Avoider, the classroom is probably more structured and quiet.  If a teacher is not bothered by noise, the sounds of students working and playing are more noticeable.

The TooLoud! app is ideal for the teacher who needs to limit noise in the classroom environment.  It records decibels, displaying the volume levels in numbers.  Use it to let the class know when they cross the auditory line.  Hook your iPad up to the projector and manage the working noise level in class by letting the students see the feedback for themselves.  The data is also visualized in a live graph and in a sliding bar that indicates the rising levels of clamor and babble.  Watch out for the red zone...time to bring the level down!

7 comments:

Christine said...

Ok how do you hook up an I pad to a projector?

Beth Lloyd said...

You need to buy this Apple VGA Adapter, Christine. Good luck!
http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC552ZM/B/apple-vga-adapter

Sheila said...

Can this be used through the smart board in the classroom?

Justin Greene said...

Is there something like this for a pc?

School System Occupational Therapist in Virginia said...

Can I set one up at my dinner table at home???

Beth Lloyd said...

Sheila, I don't have experience with smart boards, but it sounds like a great way to display this for a class. Justin, I have not come across a program like this on a PC. This link may help http://www.ehow.com/how_5978382_use-pc-db-meter.html @School System OT...the dinner table idea would be a hoot. I should have tried it this Thanksgiving!

mlaiuppa said...

Sheila: We are projecting our iPads to our smart boards (Promethean) using an apple tv and a Kanex ATVPRO AirPlay Mirroring for VGA Projector cable. HDMI out of the apple tv to the Kanex dongle, then VGA to either the doc cam or directly to the projector. The Kanex also has a sound port for speakers. You can get one on Amazon for about $40. $60 from Kanex, Apple. You can search around for a discount deal on the Kanex. There are others that cost less. There is also a dongle that will go directly from the iPad HDMI to VGA and then to the doc cam but then you are tethered to the machine. The apple TV allows you to do wireless. The newest iPads have a different connector. The iPad 2 and 3 use the Kanex dongle.