Virtual School Resources: Shakespeare, anyone?   

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Shakespeare, anyone?

You may have heard your child complain about having to read Shakespeare. Frankly, the unusual word arrangement is difficult for many students, and for ESL students, it can be next to impossible. Fortunately, several companies are making it easier for students to study the poetry and prose of Shakespeare, virtually.

Four large virtual schools have signed on to MindConnex Learning, which provides Shakespeare in Bits Live!, a highly interactive tool that actually aims to make the Bard enjoyable. Four plays are currently available; Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo & Juliet, and Hamlet. Julius Caesar will be the next play available. with features like a translation tool, making the language modern day, more students will come to know and love Shakespeare.

Receiving three industry awards so far this year, including the Readers Choice Award for best K-12 ed tech product, it's no wonder they currently have 40,000 users.

Educators, including homeschoolers, can get two weeks of Shakespeare in Bits Live! for free by emailing or completing the online form

Though the educator's version is not available to
homeschooled students, a PC version is available for
$14.99 per play.

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