Soundrop has more to offer than meets the eye. It has a very simple interface making it easy for all ages. The screen is black with a white ball dropper. As the balls drop from the dropper the user adds lines to the screen wherever he/she chooses and when the ball hits a line it makes a sound. Lines can be added, removed, shortened and moved to create a personal symphony. Soundrop doesn’t seem educational at first glance, but it is a learning tool by nature. It is great for pattern recognition. Each ball follows the same pattern as the last as it hits the lines on the screen. Not only is the pattern visual, it is also audible since each ball makes the same sound as it hits the line on the same spot.
Soundrop also supports cause and effect. The lines cause the balls to bounce so once students discover this the line placement during a game will become more strategic. Last, but not least, geometric shapes are created by adding and removing lines and it makes a musician out of everyone that uses it! A simplistic app that packs a punch!
This is a review from a series on educational apps by Kathy Burdick, an educator for over thirty years. Kathy is an experienced educator and former principal. She graciously agreed to let Mobicip republish and promote her reviews on the Mobicip blog. Kathy has been infatuated by the possibilities of technology and educational content for the K-6 students. Kathy writes about how education is changing due to new technologies and reviews the technologies that facilitate that change. Follow Kathy on Twitter @ iAppleLearner or get more information here: http://mobileieducator.com/