Teacher Review For Shakespeare in Bits: Julius Caesar

Visually appealing and interactive way for students to understand Shakespeare

Melanie G.
Media specialist/librarian
Forestbrook Middle School
Myrtle Beach, SC
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
This product could easily be integrated in a blended learning classrooms by allowing this app to be part of a station. Once the teacher has led direct instruction the students could then utilize this app to work independently. I thought that the ease of use for students is great once they are familiar with the app and I think that they can more easily understand the relationships and dramatic effects of the story come to life for students who may have struggled with Shakespeare in the past.
My Take
Although I think this is a fantastic app for most learners, particularly middle school students who are studying Shakespeare for the first time, there are two drawbacks. First I think that the $14.99 price for the app is too much. I cannot see a school or school district paying a high price for such a specific content application. Secondly I felt that the students were sort of left on their own when it comes to learning how to navigate the application. I still gave this app an overall rating of 4 because I think that its ability to teach Shakespeare to students in a way that would make it applicable to their modern lives, but I think there is a major learning curve in understanding the app.