Shakespeare In Bits: Romeo and Juliet
Excellent Review of Romeo & Juliet
by Tedd Riggs
Romeo & Juliet is one of my favorite plays, however I find it hard to sit down and just read the play. This version with the mixed moving text and characters, plus spoken words is fantastic as its a great learning tool to hear the play as you read it. I thought it was neat how the authors highlighted the old English words that are not common today and with a simple tap it gives you the word in todays meaning. Well worth the money on this one!
Great Resource for Teaching
by Matthew Stern
...this has proven to be a wonderful accompaniment to teaching the play, especially if hooked up to a projector. Quick, no nonsense, and mostly thorough; I just wish there were a bit more analysis.
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by Robert Harkins
My 9-year-old 4th grader got through the whole thing, without me prodding or even asking him to, and he UNDERSTOOD IT! It was great for me, too, and I was a theater major with a significant background in Shakespeare in college. Great job! Pairing the text with the audio and the simple graphics is a thoroughly enjoyable way to "read" Shakespeare. Kudos! My only complaint is that there are only two of these so far. I can't wait for the next one / several. What's next? Lear? Hamlet? Maybe a comedy or history?
Shakespeare In Bits: Macbeth
An Excellent Resource for any Level of Student
by Jim Van Heel
Buy this app. I am writing my first ever review to encourage anyone interested in Shakespeare to purchase 'the only study guide you'll ever need'. The animations clarify the action superbly, and the inline language and theme hints make Macbeth instantly accessible. While every educator and student should evaluate this app, anyone who has previously been challenged by one of the plays will come away understanding every nuance and still enjoying the play on its own terms as a complete work. Support developers like Mindconnex who exercise the full power of the interface, and with sales and encouragement, it's possible we'll see many more plays done in this delightful treatment. Who knows? With enough time, maybe they'll tackle the Canterbury Tales.
Terrific App to Explore Shakespeare's Work
by Guy Dayen
This is absolutely marvelous, a great way to read Macbeth. The play comes alive (literally) and every resource you need to help you fully understand the text, and the historical context, is at your fingertips. I can't recommend this app enough. If you have even a passing interest in Shakespeare, this is a must-have app for your collection. I showed it to a couple of English teachers and a librarian, and they were totally blown away by this. If you're a student and you have to read this play, this is an INDISPENSABLE resource. Get your hands on it while it's on sale, but trust me, it's a steal at the regular price too!
It's a Breeze
by Brian "Cujo" Couto
Shakespeare In Bits: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Gold Standard for Quality Multimedia App
I wish I had these Mindconnex apps back when I was in school!
I've bought all 3 of them and like to show them off to people who wonder what's so great about having an iPad. They're the perfect way to really understand Shakespeare's plays. It helps so much to have professional voices act out of the play while watching the animated scenes. And I love how easy it is to tap on unfamiliar words and phrases and have them be instantly turned into the modern equivalent. With the help of the Notes, I understood all the inside jokes and historical references that I never would have figured out for myself.
$15 is a lot more than most apps cost, but when you realize that you're getting such a highly-produced multimedia treatment of one of the English language's finest plays, it's easy to see why I'm eager for their next one. Try out their free Lite version of Romeo and Juliet and see how cool it is to be "in the know" with Shakespeare.