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Listen: Classroom Noises That Can Distract Students

It’s easy to understand why learning may suffer when the teacher’s voice has to compete with a passing 747, but emerging research suggests that quieter noises can have varied effects on student learning and memory. Below, see the decibel levels of sounds students may encounter while trying to learn. Hover over the image to hear audio samples of certain sounds.

Related: Low-Level Classroom Noise Distracts, Experts Say

CREDITS: Reporting: Sarah D. Sparks | Design & Visualization: Gina Tomko & Deanna Del Ciello

Vol. 34, Issue 15

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