Ellen MacKay Collaborates on iPad Shakespeare Apps
IDAH Fellow Ellen MacKay, Associate Professor of English and Theatre Studies, contributed to the lecture stream of "The Tempest" for iPad, a Shakespeare Application produced by South Bend-based Luminary Digital Media. MacKay will direct the App for "A Midsummer Night's Dream," which will be released during the 2012-2013 academic year.
"Working with IDAH has made me think much more broadly and deeply about the digital world," MacKay said. "The manipulability, open-endedness and interactive components of this platform are really exciting."
"The app moves the process of reading a book away from an information-extraction model and turns it into an activity that brings an array of ideas and texts into a larger conversation. It keeps the text in constant but always changing contact with other works, other readers and other forms of cultural information. It provides teachers a handy way to show students that they're curators of their own context, and that the work is always open to new readings, new histories and new milieus."
Luminary Shakespeare Apps allow for social reading, authoring and sharing, facilitating reader interaction with the text in new ways. Each text is accompanied by expert commentaries from leading Shakespeare scholars and practitioners; features full-length scrolling, audio performance; and can be customized and annotated by the user. The App also links directly to illustrations, podcasts, teaching materials and videos from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the world's premier destination for Shakespeare research.
A video demonstration of The Tempest for iPad illustrates how the app has been designed to be generative and the reading process to be social rather than solitary.
For more information see also the IUB news release, or the Luminary website forThe Tempest.