February 23, 2013
We recently discovered a useful website that features more than 272 educational games that are available online called Spree Games.
The games we tested out were all free to play online, and can be browsed by subject covering everything from Foreign Language (although nothing for learning Chinese as far as we can tell) to English, Science, Math, and much more.
The site is geared towards K-12 students, and also allows you to view games by age level and create lists of games by logging in and saving customized preferences.
January 23, 2013
For a lot of overseas Chinese kids, Chinese school can be a real source of complaints. So many kids don’t want to spend their precious weekend hours learning Chinese. At the same time, however, many kids come to realize how grateful they are for these classes — especially as they grow older. It becomes almost a bonding experience for kids who went and experienced it.
We were curious to see what students were saying about Chinese School and Chinese Classes on Twitter, so we took to the Twitterverse to find out. We hope that our Chinese game app can help these kids alleviate some of their reluctance to study Chinese, but until then, here are some of the highlights we found on Twitter (with a little commentary of our own):
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.