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iPad App Review: Macbeth - Explore Shakespeare

App Name: Macbeth - Explore Shakespeare

Cost: $13.99  

What does it promise? The Explore Shakespeare edition of Macbeth brings this great story to life like never before. Cambridge’s definitive version of the text has been beautifully re-imagined for iPad, with illuminating visuals, helpful commentary and a compelling audio performance directed by and starring Fiona Shaw.

MacbethDoes it deliver? Yes, and then some.  Students can read the play and choose their own level of customization and enhancement. They can also listen to a full audio performance of the play, starring Fiona Shaw as Lady Macbeth.

The interactivity doesn’t stop there. The app features over 100 photographs of professional productions of the work, depicting stars such as Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Judi Dench and Sean Bean. Teachers will love the inclusion of clear glossary definitions, which make it easier to understand Shakespeare’s language.

Advanced classes can delve deeper into the work by selecting a character and viewing his/her sections of the play separately. Students may also use the Themeline to examine how the play’s themes ebb and flow throughout the acts.

Can I use it in my classroom?  Macbethisone of Shakespeare’s most-taught works. The Macbeth: Explore Shakespeare app goes far beyond the typical written version and is perfect for supplementing any lesson on the play.

All apps can be found in the iPad apps store under education.

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Article by Jason Tomaszewski, EducationWorld Associate Editor
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