Recently saw this post on Richard Byrne's great site, Free Technology for Teachers:
Has anyone used a computer-based tool like those mentioned to successfully help students self-monitor noise levels?
A colleague of mine has a device like this:
and claims it works well. I'd prefer a computer-based solution as my room is large and kids often work in different areas.
Finally, I'm mixed about even having to DO this, as I personally LOVE the sound of a noisy classroom. To me, it sounds like learning!
Thanks for any input,