A list of useful Shakespeare related apps. I’d add the Manga Shakespeare and IDW apps to the list. The latter allows you to download the first 2 issues of Kill Shakespeare for free.
And I would wish the “Shakespeare Made Easy” and “No Fear” REMOVED from this list. No. No. No. No. No. Teaching the translation is NOT teaching Shakespeare. Allowing the translation condescends. But I’ve ranted this before…
I stand by the inclusion of No Fear Shakespeare
. As someone who has taught Shakespeare for a number of years, any tool that helps a student understand what’s going on is useful. I’m not saying only use them, I’m saying use them in conjunction with reading/performing Shakespeare’s play-texts. Furthermore, sure they’re translations (and I’ll admit they aren’t all fantastic), but any production/adaptation of Shakespeare is also a translation - one person’s interpretation of the source text. As long as teachers point this out to students before they use No Fear
(and other tools like it), then I have no problem with their use in the classroom. I’m an advocate at using whatever is at your disposal when teaching Shakespeare (I know I do), including film, pop culture, graphic novels, children’s literature etc. It’s one of the reasons I created this blog - a veritable catalogue of fun and informative items to use when I teach. What I am against is 1) bad teaching practices, where teachers can’t be bothered to put in any effort to teaching something because it might be difficult and 2) lazy students who can’t be bothered to learn - which is often because they don’t understand. I’m sure the folks at thatsnotshakespeare
probably won’t agree with my defence of No Fear
, given their recent posts, but that’s what makes the world interesting, the variety of opinions. ;)