Teacher Review For Shakespeare in Bits: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Excellent supplement for literacy projects!

Luke S.
Technology coordinator
Jackson County Schools
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
For students who need specific accommodations for reading, this app would be perfect. It is a little pricey for a classroom application, but if it is effective, it is worth the money. The app allows the students to take notes and expand their thinking while the play is being read. These notes can be reviewed at a later time to help answer questions, or clear up what happened if the student didn't catch on to the context (compare notes with another student). They can also replay a certain section while watching the animation, or replay while re-reading the text. The student's can also view the definitions of certain words if they are unsure or their meaning.
My Take
As a former special education teacher, this is a great supplement for students to use while reading. It puts a visual right next to the text, as if the student is reading a live action comic book. This can be used for whole class instruction (via AppleTV), small groups, or for that individual student who needs that little extra supplement while reading. It is expensive for an app, but it can be money well spent if it helps a student, or if this is a play you will teach every year. It helps that the students can take notes and review these notes at any time. On another note, it's imperative that the student doesn't just go for the summaries and skip the majority of content. It's great for the student to take full advantage of the living actions, and the summaries, but should also read the play in full context.