Hubby bought the Creative Ziio 7" Android powered tablet as another educational platform for the kids to learn Chinese. Opps.. or should I say "Play Chinese" as advertised by Creative : “学中文？...不！” (Don't Learn Chinese; Play it"
Creative's CEO - Sim Wong Hoo is the Chief Architect of this system and PlayChinese is to help people to master Chinese through fun and play.
We signed up for the normal pack that comes with the Android tablet, 4 colour MagicPens, PlayChinese Shenbi application, protective leather case, PlayChinese Hardcopy books, WaWaYaYa 开心汉语, ZiiBook Acount (2 years subscription) accessing to 1 million ZiiBooks, iFlashbook Account (2 years), PlayChinese Magic Cards and today Denver is going to have his 2 hours user training & coaching by Sim Wong Hoo. :)
Seems like a lot of stuff but it also comes with a price. This Basic Pack costs $199 + ($22.90/mth over 2 years) which would be about $749 in total. Instead of holding a PSP or handheld games, we are hoping this would be another window to expose our children to Chinese and appreciating it.
Gladys tried out on the tablet and was able to write simple Chinese words and read aloud. There are also interesting idoms and games. As to how effective and how long this new gadget will spark their interest? I'm not exactly sure but I'm hoping as much as it could. :) Let's see how well it works in 6 months time for a user review.