January 17, 2013
Part of the reason we developed our Chinese Fridge game app for kids was because we couldn’t find many suitable, fun games for children that could effectively teach kids Chinese.
However, even though the resources are limited, we did find one guy who has some great game concepts on his website, which he built to provide Chinese lessons for his kids.
It looks like he built the website several years ago, because the design and game play appear to be quite dated, but even so, we’re very impressed and by his dedication and passion for Chinese to build these games.
January 16, 2013
Two Nebraska schools plan to continue their Chinese lessons for kids for at least three more years, according to the Associated Press.
Scottsbluff High School and Bluffs Middle School decided to renew their two-year-old program with the Confucius Institute and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Both schools offer a nine-week exploratory class, and the high school offers several classes to teach kids Chinese.
January 15, 2013
A school district in Minnesota is expanding Chinese instruction at its schools, according to the Pioneer Press.
The north-metro school district in White Bear Lake has expanded world-language classes in elementary schools for all grades, including Chinese lessons for kids.
Lincoln and Vadnais Heights adopted Mandarin Chinese as the result of parent surveys and changes will take place next year, according to the article posted Jan. 13.
January 14, 2013
Sweden recently made the decision to significantly upgrade Chinese to a higher status in it’s schools, planning to put it on par with French, German, and Spanish as a foreign language taught in classrooms, according to the Epoch Times.
Neighboring Scandinavian countries Norway and Denmark also offer Chinese in some schools, but haven’t elevated its status in the same way Sweden has.
The aim of the new policy is to make Sweden more internationally competitive by teaching the next generation of Swedes Mandarin Chinese, Swedish Minister for Education Jan Björklund said at a Dec. 3 press conference.
January 7, 2013
Important note: We’ve learned that Adobe actually didn’t intend for everyone to download CS2 free of charge, but rather they decommissioned the activation server that checks the software license, but still wanted to give existing customers a way to reinstall their software if needed. Therefore technically this software is only intended for customers who purchased CS2 in the past.
We wanted to give a quick heads up to educators and developers that Adobe has officially made Creative Suite 2 free to download via Adobe’s website.
January 6, 2013
Chinese Fridge is now on Twitter! Stop by our Twitter page and leave us a Tweet whenever you have time.
We hope to make the most of Twitter by using it to engage our followers and users about all issues regarding our app, and also education technology and education as a broad topic.
You’ll find that in addition to updates about our app, we like to Tweet a number of articles about education to help keep our followers better informed about the subject.