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Shakespeare's Hamlet Receives A 21st Century Makeover

BY Felix Xiao on Sun February 12th, 2012

Shakespeare In Bits: Hamlet iPhone Edition ($7.99) by Mindconnex Learning Ltd. is a voice and video guided version of the renowned tragedy for your iPhone and iPod touch.

Approximately 400 years after the first performance of Hamlet, Shakespeare’s famous play is still widely studied and read. Shakespeare In Bits: Hamlet provides you with access to animated videos of every scene with analysis in a single offline app.

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Shakespeare In Bits: Teaching the Bard - review by

To be, or not to be” is the online question answered by a cool by Shakespeare in Bits, which is keeping the Bard of Avon’s words lively as well as digital. I was first introduced to MindConnex Learning’s online Shakespeare downloads with Macbeth. I thought it a brilliant idea. “If Birnam woods is coming to Dunsinane, I thought, then why not read it, hear it, and see it animated on a PC or Mac—or iPad. Well, now Hamlet has been added to the download list, that includes Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The free lite versions off a great trial run to see if it’s something for your teaching—and your students.

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Irish start-up takes Shakespeare to the digital age

“Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't” – Targeted at students and educators, Hamlet is the latest educational app created by Irish start-up MindConnex Learning. The aim is to make studying William Shakespeare plays such as ‘Hamlet’ more interactive and fun via such apps, which also feature innovations such as animated and voiced performances and character relationship maps.

altDublin-based MindConnex Learning has launched the Hamlet app as the fourth title in its 'Shakespeare in Bits' series. It already launched educational apps for Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream in 2011 and for Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet in 2010.

The apps are available online via a school subscription on iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, PC and Mac.  

Speaking today, Michael Cordner, CEO of MindConnex Learning, said the Hamlet app aims to enable students to read and understand the text from the English poet and playwright in bite-sized 'mini-lessons' or bits. Each of the apps include the original unabridged texts of the Shakespearean plays, plus they also feature fully animated and voiced performances.

Read more > rank Shakespeare In Bits: Hamlet in best apps of the week

Shakespeare In Bits: Hamlet

An ideal way to learn a classic play in a simple, study guide style manner, Shakespeare In Bits: Hamlet offers over 2 and a half hours of unabridged text, animated re-enactments and the classic play broken down into easily digested sections. Biographies of each character and key theme discussions go a step further to helping analysis of the play. Ideal for those studying at the moment and those who just want to learn more.

Read more: ranks Shakespeare in Bits as “Best interactive iPad books of 2011 for kids of all ages”

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By Lisa Caplan

Shakespeare in Bits – Romeo and Juliet ($14.99)

altIs there a section more feared in middle or high school than the one where an English teacher breaks out this year’s Shakespeare play? Even kids who love to read struggle with all the 16th century cultural, historical and mythological references, on top of ingenious word play and layered plots. I picked Romeo and Juliet for this list for no reason other than the play’s popularity. Mindconnex’s catalog (it now boasts this, “Macbeth” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with “Hamlet” and “Julius Caesar” coming soon) all use the same UI. In other words as apps, they are largely interchangeable, only the play changes. What makes the series superlative is that alongside the expected easy-access definitions, study-aids, charts and assorted digital goodies, is an animated full-length production broken into manageable parts. There are few apps that capture the spirit of accessibility than Shakespeare in Bits.

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