Title: Web News Browser using Map Interface for NIE Programs in Elementary Schools in Japan

Issue Number: Vol. 3, No. 3
Year of Publication: Dec - 2017
Page Numbers: 99-106
Authors: Yutaka Uchiyama, Akifumi Kuroda, Kazuaki Ando
Journal Name: The International Journal of E-Learning and Educational Technologies in the Digital Media (IJEETDM)
- Hong Kong
DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.17781/P002352


In many elementary schools around the world, NIE (Newspaper In Education) programs that use newspapers as study materials have been implemented. However, the contents of newspaper articles are difficult for elementary school children. It is also not easy for children to find interesting articles in the newspapers. In this study, we propose a system to browse Web news using a map interface, in order to provide support for NIE programs in elementary schools in Japan. Children can find, confirm and learn various events which occurred near their own town by using the proposed system. Therefore, NIE programs using both our system and printed newspaper will open a new road of NIE programs. This paper proposes an interface based on maps and support functions of our browsing system, and discusses results of preliminary evaluations of our system. Finally, we improve a method to extract locations from articles and a part of the interface of the proposed system based on the evaluation results.