Shakespeare In Bits: Romeo & Juliet iPad Edition
By Mindconnex Learning Ltd.
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*** IMPORTANT ***
This App is being maintained to allow for bulk school purchases via Apple's Volume Purchase Program.
Individual users should download the free universal version of our App, simply called 'Shakespeare In Bits'. In our new version, all plays can be purchased and downloaded in-app, and can be used on both your iPhone and iPad with a single purchase. You can also view free previews of several plays.
This resource is provided for personal use only. It must not be used for whole-class instruction via whiteboard or projector, unless every student in the class also has their own digital copy.
Fall in love with Shakespeare’s timeless story of love, vengeance and tragedy - Romeo & Juliet - in full multi-media magnificence from the comfort of your iPad.
Featuring the voice talents of Kate Beckinsale and Michael Sheen, along with nearly three hours of engaging animation and unabridged text, Shakespeare In Bits Romeo & Juliet promises to engage the mind and render the hearts of all who view, read and listen to it.
The ultimate study guide, this is everything you will ever need to learn, teach and appreciate one of the most enduring plays of all time.
Experience Shakespeare in all his glory
Understand and appreciate the linguistic richness of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet with the original play text, broken into easily digested ‘bits’. In-line translation helps to understand difficult words and phrases within the context of the original play text.
Hear it, See it, Read it
Two-and-a-half hours of high-resolution animation with professional audio soundtrack helps you to decode and comprehend Shakespeare’s fertile prose quickly and efficiently. The text, presented side-by-side with animated action, is easy to follow with portions of text being highlighted as they are being spoken in the play. The integrated combination of text, audio and graphics is designed to facilitate learners of varying abilities and learning styles.
Biographies for each cast character can be accessed from the main play or through a dedicated Cast feature. An illustrated character relationship map demonstrates key characters and their inter-relationships in the play.
Ace that Exam
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. An easy-to-navigate visual scene selection menu is also provided to help you to quickly get familiar with the play’s sequence of events or to jump to your scene of choice.
Also available: "Shakespeare In Bits: Macbeth" and "Shakespeare In Bits: A Midsummer Night's Dream".
This iPad edition of the product contains several features and enhancements over the iPhone version, including:
- A side-by-side main play view that presents the animations and the text at the same time
- Higher-resolution animations
- A widened text view with larger font sizes to ensure lines of text are never broken unnaturally
- A text highlight feature, that highlights the current line of text being spoken in the animation
- Text highlight while seeking through an animation video, which allows you to easily navigate to a particular line in an animation
- Additional scene/section navigation options in the main play view
- Simplified tab-bar navigation through all of the features in the play.
This title is also available in a Mac edition exclusively on the Mac App Store.
Now available “Shakespeare In Bits: Macbeth” and “Shakespeare In Bits: A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on the App Store and the Mac App Store.
What's New in Version 1.1.2p
-Fix for stability issues on iOS 4.x. Users of iOS 5.0 and greater do not need to update.
Great Adult Study Aid
Wow, few rates and reviews. Well, for my part I value this app very much.
To be able to connect with Shakespeare on the iPad is terrific. Of most value to me are the word translations that I can access with the touch of my finger. It makes the text, and therefore the play, more accessible and resonate with me. Also the explanations of medieval traditions, perspectives and outlooks help provide context for the action of the play and thus make it more engaging.
I think this is for High School students but anyone going to watch Shakespeare (in the Park and elsewhere!) couldn't do better.
I do like that it is broken down into small parts. It helps me focus and understand the different Acts and scenes more completely and intimately. I can also stop and pick up the play's thread more easily when my day and week gets too busy.
The animation with the actor's voices provide another level of engagement, context and experience. You can run through the entire play that way. I think we all have to admit there is little better to watch or read than connect with Shakespeare's Canon.
Put down the remote and pick up some Bits of the Bard!
A fun tool to understand and appreciate Shakespeare
I thoroughly enjoyed watching Romeo and Juliet (the 1968 film version by Franco Zeffirelli) while using this app to get a clear understanding of the storyline, the times and the language of Shakespeare. This app is fun, thorough, and easy-to-use, allowing you to explore different sections of the play from various perspectives. You can delve into details of the play, or the techniques used by Shakespeare, as deeply as you want without ever feeling overwhelmed by complexity or boredom. Excellent! Wish I'd had this iPad & app technology when I was in high school. It's never too late, enjoy!
My high school students absolutely love this literature app. The only issue keeping it from earning five stars in my book is the fact that subtitles cannot be displayed in full screen mode. The videos make the story come to life. The summaries are a great pre-reading tool. One of my favorite features is the word highlighting. Students can click on Shakespearian words or phrases and have alternative words displayed to aid comprehension.
Again... Please work on getting the subtitles to show in full screen mode. This would drastically help your clients who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
- Category: Education
- Updated: Jan 25, 2012
- Version: 1.1.2p
- Size: 490 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Mindconnex Learning Limited
- © 2012 Mindconnex Learning Ltd.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.