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Shakespeare In Bits scoops Best In e-Learning Award at the Nokia Digital Media Awards

alt03 April 2012, Dublin, IrelandMindConnex Learning, global providers of digital learning software solutions for the secondary school sector, has been named the winner of the Best in eLearning category at the 10th annual Nokia Digital Media Awards for its Shakespeare In Bits series.

In an awards ceremony held in the Convention Centre Dublin last Friday evening, March 30th, and hosted by Après Match comedian and entertainer, Barry Murphy, the Nokia Digital Media Awards celebrated the best of Ireland’s digital media industry.

Up against a record number of entries, as well as educational publishing and e-learning industry veterans such as Folens and Edco, MindConnex Learning scooped the award for creating “A terrifically compelling and integrated experience that brings educational content alive and to the masses and thoroughly exploits much of what the digital platform can offer”.

Accepting the award, Michael Cordner, CEO of MindConnex Learning, said, “It is such an honour to win the award for Best in e-Learning at this year’s Nokia Digital Media Awards. We strive to make Shakespeare more accessible to students by bringing the plays to life and incorporating features that engage the mind and make 400-year old literature more comprehensible than its flat print predecessor. Some teachers that use Shakespeare In Bits in class claim that it instantly makes Shakespeare more relevant for students, simply by being available in a format that they understand and with which they can interact, resulting in an overall higher level of comprehension”.

This marks the second award in three months for MindConnex Learning, having been recently awarded the Readers’ Choice Award for best edtech product by eSchool Media, one of the most prestigious educational media publications in the US.

Shakespeare In Bits currently counts four plays in the series – Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream – with a fifth play (Julius Caesar) expected for release in May 2012. The plays are available on iPad/iPhone, PC/Mac and online for schools (through a subscription).

Each Shakespeare In Bits play consists of:

-       Up to three hours of animation presented side-by-side with original unabridged text

-       Professional audio voiced by Shakespearean actors

-       Integrated notes, analyses and an in-line translation tool that provides contemporary meanings for select words and phrases

-       Character biographies and a visual character map showing inter-relationships between cast members.

MindConnex is offering English teachers the opportunity to trial the online version of a play of their choice for two weeks for free. Log onto to complete the online form.

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About MindConnex Learning (

MindConnex Learning is an award-winning global provider of digital learning software solutions aimed at the school education sector. It offers an easier way to learn and teach using rich, contemporary multimedia designed to engage the senses and create empowering, relevant and personalized learning experiences. In January 2012, MindConnex Learning was awarded a Readers’ Choice Award from eSchool Media for its Shakespeare In Bits series.

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