There are moments in the classroom that call for spontaneous applause, or canned laughter, or a drum roll.
For years I have had this urge to play sound effects in class. I never figured out how to pull it off, until recently.
I was playing with my new phone the other day when it occurred to me that there is probably an app for that. Sure enough, there is! If you search for "sound buttons" or "sound effects", you will find that there are tons of options to choose from. I have tried a few. I don't know if the one I am trying out is going to be my favorite, so I am not recommending a specific app at this point. They all look something like this:
Anyhooo . . . . imagine this:
*Gong* Bell work is over.
*Bugle call* Time to learn new math!
And there's a fraction . . . *Evil laugh* or *man screaming*
That's the right answer, Johnny! *Applause/WooHoo/Bingo!/Yes!*
I'm sorry, that's incorrect . . .*Buzz*
I am having wayyyy to much fun with this thing!
In related news, my students were smiling as they worked away on completing the square . . . with fractions . . . on a Friday . . . after losing a big football game the night before.