Shakespeare in Bits: A Midsummer Night’s Dream iPad Edition is the latest iPad app to be released in this superb series. The idea behind the Shakespeare in Bits project is simple – to make Shakespeare’s plays more accessible, and it is incredibly well executed, not least in their excellent iPad apps.
This is the third iPad app in the series – the previous two cover Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth.
Here are some of the highlights and notable features in Shakespeare in Bits: A Midsummer Night’s Dream iPad Edition:
— Two-and-a-half hours of high-resolution animation with professional audio soundtrack help you to decode and comprehend Shakespeare’s fertile prose quickly and efficiently.
— Professional narration by Warren Mitchell, Michael Maloney, and Sarah Woodward
— The full original and unabridged text of the play – broken into easily digestible ‘bits’
— In-line translation helps to understand difficult words and phrases within the context of the original play text.
— Biographies for each cast character can be accessed from either the main play or through a dedicated Cast feature. An illustrated character relationship map demonstrates key characters and their inter-relationships in the play.
— Each Shakespeare In Bits title provides a wide selection of integrated analyses and study notes for each scene to help you understand plot summaries, key themes, language, imagery and quotes from the play.
Shakespeare in Bits is a great idea, as is anything that makes learning more fun and more approachable – and their iPad apps are an ideal medium for this great learning tool. They were included in the App Store’s recent roundup of Back to School apps, and deservedly so.
I can’t wait for my daughter to be old enough to dive into these.
Here’s an App Store link for Shakespeare in Bits: A Midsummer Night’s Dream iPad Edition; it’s priced at $14.99.