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One Encyclopedia Per Child (OEPC) in Simple English PROCEEDINGS

, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-60-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Production of One Encyclopedia Per Child mainly in Simple English is advocated. The solution advocated is a small corpus in Simple English, suitable for ultimate downloading to the One Laptop Per Child. Wikipedia has published a list of articles that all language editions should have, which forms a useful core of topics. The current work prioritised these core topics by simply inquiring from a child what his interests are. The process of automating the selection of articles advocated is to use an updated index from existing encyclopedias aimed at children as a basis for selecting articles mainly from the Simple English version of Wikipedia. Using mainly The Simple English Wikipedia ensures greater comprehension by the target children, and greater exposure to more topics. This work also inquired whether a published vocabulary for the target children was appropriate. Useful recommendations to editors and a call for volunteers are made.

Citation

Kennedy, I. (2006). One Encyclopedia Per Child (OEPC) in Simple English. In T. Reeves & S. Yamashita (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2006--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 77-82). Honolulu, Hawaii, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 13, 2018 from .

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