I was delighted by the ways in which app enhanced my students' engagement with Shakespeare. Being able to hear the play performed while reading along dramatically improved their immediate grasp of the plot, allowing us to spend all our time in class on a more complex exploration of the text's imagery and themes. The [myPath] feature gave me the chance to try out an idea for a collaborative writing assignment, something I've wanted to try for at least ten years.
—Kate Garrett, Academic Dean, San Francisco University High School
The Common Core pays much needed attention to speaking and listening and the audio component of this app provides students with constant opportunities to analyze the print text for characterization, mood, and tone; to experiment with speaking the text driven by different sub-texts; and then to listen to and comment on the professional actors' vocal interpretations. This is an incredible teaching tool.
—Mary Ellen Dakin, Revere High School, Revere, Massachusetts
Visually appealing. The app kept pace with other educational apps, and often exceeded them. It puts Shakespeare in a world with which students are intimately familiar. I really love the app.
—Jill Burdick-Zupancic, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Virginia
It's cutting edge. It uses primary documentation and supports both students and teachers. I can see this app making Shakespeare more accessible to special needs students and their tutors and teachers. I love the idea that students can annotate and collage lines for use in their essays and other creative endeavors, including videos such as Animoto.
—Glenda Funk, Highland High School, Pocatello, Idaho
[I love] The audio! It's fabulous to be able to click to hear the correct pronunciation of a word or to feel the mood in which the lines can be interpreted.
—Debroah Gascon, Dutch Fork High School, Irmo, South Carolina
Beyond being aesthetically nice, the app was intuitive. I love the various kinds of add-ons--from the recitations (LOVED that some scenes had more than one take) to the scholarly asides (which could be great research starters). The best part was that they were included in such a subtle manner. I still felt like I was reading a play, which was fantastic. I also enjoy all of the options for sharing and collaborative learning.
—Scott O'Neill, University of Rochester
[In addressing] some of the student intimidation in Shakespearean language, being able to listen and read at the same time is VERY helpful. The sounds alone provide so many important signals to students about syntax, tone, sarcasm (!), humor, pace. Plus, it reminds them right away that this is theater, not a book.
—Tad Howard, Associate Dean, Georgetown College, Georgetown University