Working in silence is virtually impossible in schools. There will always be background noise: shouting in the corridor; someone dropping a pencil; a telephone buzzing(!); and so on. There are tasks which require pupils to concentrate and work in relative silence. Sometimes, whilst the brain is processing what needs to be done, a calming distraction can help – which is where Aquard.io comes into the equation. It’s not possible to place fish tanks in all classrooms, so technology is here to come to the rescue. Aquard.io is a live (literally), flash-based online fish tank, playing calming music, as you watch real-time fish swimming by on your screen. It’s interactive – you can feed the fish (really), and oxygenate the tank by releasing bubbles periodically into the tank. It certainly calmed us down in the ukedchat office!
Explore Aquard.io by clicking here. NB – We went on at 9am, and the site revealed that it would not go live until 1pm, as the fish were sleeping! Do fish sleep? The site is not live 24/7.