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Appolicious.com ranks Shakespeare in Bits as “Best interactive iPad books of 2011 for kids of all ages”

Best interactive iPad books of 2011 for kids of all ages

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.


Click here to read the full article: http://www.appolicious.com/tech/articles/10704-best-interactive-ipad-books-of-2011-for-kids-of-all-ages



 

School principal talks up Shakespeare In Bits

altUsing social media in the classroom


By Stuart Foxman

Xavier Lambert, Principal at College Francais in Toronto, part of the Conseil Scolaire Viamonde, talks highly about Shakespeare In Bits and how it brings Romeo & Juliet alive in the classroom.

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Capturing that type of interest is key for the most effective learning. When Xavier Lambert, OCT, was learning Shakespeare as a student, “you could hear the yawns,” he says. Now, as principal at College Français in Toronto, part of the Conseil Scolaire Viamonde, Lambert is taking yet another approach to make Shakespeare - in this case Romeo and Juliet - come alive. His Grade 11 students are using an app called Shakespeare in Bits, allowing them to read the play on an electronic device and get animation at a single touch to illustrate every line of every scene. The app also gives modern translations for difficult words and phrases, study notes, plot summaries and analysis.

“The first thing you have to do is catch the kids’ attention,” says Lambert. “Once you have them interested, it’s a lot easier to discuss the concepts.”

His board has also created a portal called Cyberquartier, where teachers and students can share information via school and class online communities.


Click here to view the full article - http://professionallyspeaking.oct.ca/december_2011/features/tricks-for-tweets.aspx

 

Wall Street Journal includes MindConnex as one of the six most impressive start-ups

Wall Street Journal’s Ben Rooney includes MindConnex Learning it the “six most impressive start-ups” during the WSJ Tech on Tour Dublin meet-up.

The magnificent six:

Michael Cordner of MindConnex Learning. This was one of the only educational software providers I saw on the whole tour. Anything that makes Shakespeare more accessible to children has to be a good thing and I liked the simplicity of their product.”

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Shakespeare In Bits: A Midsummer Night's Dream Makes The Guardian's Pick of the 50 Best iPad Apps

MindConnex Learning is delighted to have Shakespeare In Bits: A Midsummer Night's Dream included under the Culture section of The Guardian's Top 50 iPad Apps.

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Shakespeare In Bits - Try it today

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Demos of all 5 plays are available. Click here to try them out today.