Showing posts with label simple English Wikipedia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label simple English Wikipedia. Show all posts

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Wikipedia for Schools

Thanks to a comment left on the blog post Wikipedia Beneath the Surface I learned about Wikipedia for Schools. Wikipedia for Schools is a checked, static version of thousands of Wikipedia articles. The articles have been checked for accuracy and suitability for school use. Wikipedia for Schools can be viewed online or downloaded as a complete volume for offline use.


Applications for Education
Wikipedia for Schools could be a good reference resource for teachers who are reluctant to allow students to use Wikipedia for research. Being able to download the entire contents enables students to access the information regardless of Internet access.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Simple English Wikipedia
Placeopedia - Wikipedia and Google Maps
Visual Wikipedia - Videos and Diagrams to Match Wikipedia

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Simple English Wikipedia

Simple English Wikipedia is Wikipedia designed for children and adults learning English. Just like Wikipedia, the content on Simple English Wikipedia is generated by users. The difference between Wikipedia and Simple English Wikipedia is that articles written using basic English words and phrases.

I learned about Simple English Wikipedia through my Twitter network. The link was passed around a bunch of times, but I think the first person in my network to post it was BudtheTeacher.

Applications for Education
Simple English Wikipedia could be a good reference page for elementary school students or older ESL/EFL students. Many teachers are still reluctant to let their students use Wikipedia, but as I've seen and heard David Warlick point out, Wikipedia articles come with disclaimers while most textbooks and encyclopedias do not. You can read more of my opinion about Wikipedia here.