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Digital Shakespeare (iPad Apps)

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0439  Wednesday, 31 October 2012

 

[1] From:        Bud Thompson < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

     Date:         October 30, 2012 3:12:37 AM EDT

     Subject:     Digital Shakespeare 

 

[2] From:        Alan Young < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

     Date:         October 31, 2012 10:48:48 AM EDT

     Subject:     Shakespeare Texts Online 

 

 

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From:        Bud Thompson < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         October 30, 2012 3:12:37 AM EDT

Subject:     Digital Shakespeare

 

You’ll notice that a computer screen shines a bright light up into the face of the reader. That can get tiring in a few minutes, particularly if the reader is looking at similar pages of text. If you are looking through pages on EBay, let’s say, the pattern and intensity of light will be different with each page, so the eyes, and perhaps the brain will get less tired. 

 

With a book, of course, the light shines down on the book, not in the reader’s eyes.

 

Also...you are reading on a device which does a lot of things, E-mail, financial statements, music. The reader is reminded - by the device - of other distracting things he could or should be doing. If you sit down to read Shakespeare, should you check your mail? Facebook? You haven’t written to a friend. 

 

A book is comfortably singular.

 

Best,

Louis W. Thompson 

 

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From:        Alan Young < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         October 31, 2012 10:48:48 AM EDT

Subject:     Shakespeare Texts Online

 

I’ve been following the discussion of the use of iPads and online texts with some interest. I’m currently teaching a Shakespeare course to a class of seniors. 

 

I have been using my iPad continuously in the classroom to display on a large screen KeyNote presentations and clips from movies and TV productions. A surprising bonus has been the effect of incorporating the key passages from the plays that I wish to discuss. When the text appears on the screen, the whole class is “on the same page”, and distractions are at a minimum, especially in our semi-darkened room. I wish I had been able to do that when working with classes of undergraduates, who often had far shorter attention spans and the tempting distractions offered by their own electronic devices. I’d be interested in hearing about the experiences of others who have used digital texts in the classroom.

 

Alan Young

Professor Emeritus

Acadia University

 

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