SchoolVolume.com creates a school focused, social network that is a private learning platform for families, teachers, and schools. It also allows people to share public blogs that share curriculum with the public. With adult guidance, children can connect with other children around the world, share experiences, empathize, learn, and develop a better world together. It is a place where creativity and information can be kept for life. It also allows parents, teachers, and schools to follow each other like Twitter so that the world shares more of it’s learning resources.
We also teach students and schools a free heart rate feedback tool that has a wave sound that gets louder or quieter with faster and slower heart rates. It can be used in groups as a teaching tool, and it is a technique used around the world. We offer members free training.
Here are some of our features:
- SchoolVolume.com is a place for students and educators to work together. And, it helps users share learning materials with the rest of the world.
- Students, teachers and schools have activity streams. They can be friends, and students can post things that their class can see or for themselves. Then, comments can go 5 layers deep. This means that a teacher or student can create an activity group around a question or project in the stream, that is part of the stream. This way people can share and monitor what is happening. Comments that are made cannot be deleted; so, it prevents people from saying things that are hurtful before they delete them.
- All users can make their profiles only visible to “friends”.
- Users can also use heart rate biofeedback on our network for practicing being aware of their heart rates as a way to practice healthy self-awareness. People control the volume of a wave sound with their heart rate. Students can use it in the classroom or home. And, parents and teachers can literally hear the changes in a students heart rate as they work. It can be used at home or in schools in groups or individually as students work. The sound also allows students to block out sounds that are distracting them in the classroom with their attention and focus. It teaches students steady attention, focus, and how to be flexible for creative problem solving. According to a research study at The University of Pennsylvania, students who did 10 minutes of this type of biofeedback training were said to have “improved their reaction times and consistency of responses, and made fewer mistakes in counting squares [in a time pressured test]… They also felt more relaxed, less anxious and less sleepy“. The study is named: “The Effect of Short Duration Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Biofeedback on Cognitive Performance During…Induced Cognitive Stress.” This type of biofeedback is essentially a form of mindfulness with computer feedback that is easy to use. There are many studies in science journals showing that “biofeedback” helps stress, mood, and mental health and performance for students, artists, and people at a variety of jobs.
- As students go through school they change their friends. Teachers and parents can make sure that they are connected to their classmates and current teachers as current friends for learning. This way each year of school adds to their activity stream as they go through school. Imagine what it is like to have the entire school activity stream in one place for students to have for their life!
- Students can share compliments and likes to encourage each other, upload videos (this helps “kinesthetic” learners and presenters, they can share texts, links and art (this helps visual learners), and they can share audio files (this helps audio learners and presenters). Users share links from across the web like other networks.
- Students and families can interact online, store their learning, and work with teachers.
- Students, teachers, and schools can blog from their profiles by writing “articles” in a an easy blogging area in the profile menu.
- Users can follow blog articles from people they are not friends with (like Twitter). This includes teachers, classes, or other schools. This lets information, experiences, and materials spread to make new connections while people help each other. Schools and organizations can share information with each other, and create their own friendships and activity for each other (all while students just see information from friends that their parents approve of to keep them focused in their classes).
- Parents sign their children up so that it is the parent who has the account. This lets young children in elementary school use and learn social media for learning in a safer way.
- Students post work that they decide is only for friends or for themselves to see. This creates a running activity record they can have for life. Students cannot post updates that are available to everyone, unless they write a blog article in their profile ( and that is on a separate page from the social update in the profile area). Students and teachers can write blog articles in their profiles in an easy way. And, these blogs will be seen by people, groups, and schools who are following them. This way, students can participate in the world and the web in a safe way.
- Parents can sign up for their children and manage their accounts with them. Parents and teachers can monitor activity, all while students and teachers can create a lifelong archive of work. Because comments can be used in hurtful ways, we do not let students edit them after they are up unless they are flagged as inappropriate ( this stops people from saying hurtful things and then changing them). If they are flagged the posts are reviewed. We ask that parents and teachers expect that the students tell them about inappropriate posts themselves, so they can be handled well in person.
- We do not have private groups or private messaging in this network to prevent bullying and “difficult” to monitor behavior. It makes this network a safer place for younger children.
- Parents, teachers, and students can flag comments and posts that are inappropriate (then they are removed and reviewed).
- The posts and comments are updated in real time when people are in their activity feeds. This way it works like a chat about a topic. And, people can work on a project together by writing together, adding to projects, and by uploading pictures, videos, audio files, and documents. Some students do better by speaking (and having videos helps). Also, students can upload audio files for music, or start making and sharing podcasts of their own.
- We use learning management technology that is used at Harvard, The University of Michigan, The University of Florida, Washington State University, and others.
- SchoolVolume.com is free.
- This service was created by myself, Peter Meilahn, MA, founder of The Minnesota Biofeedback Clinic. I have worked in schools and clinics, and have taught staff from The Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented, The Learning Disability Association of Minnesota, The University of Minnesota Medical Center, Hazelden, The Mayo Clinic, The University of Melbourne, and elsewhere.
Thank You, Peter Meilahn, MA, Founder of SchoolVolume.com