A new USB drive called Cruzer Freedom (http://www.sandisk.com/retail/cruzer-freedom.asp) allows students to download the texts and take them home, Made by SanDisk, this 256 megabyte drive can be used to store files, but also comes with a proprietary technology called FlashCP. Students can plug the drive into an Internet-connected computer and access a special Web site from which they are able to download e-textbooks, teacher notes, reference tools, and other resources. The technology is new, but has been piloted in several secondary schools that have moved to the use of digital textbooks. It would certainly be worth exploring.
Mandarin Chinese is being taught to students in Chicago. China has a population of 1.3 billion, and 3,000 Chicago students are taking Mandarin classes.
Can the Cruzer teach students the four basic tones of Mandarin, and aid in writing characters?