- The easy answer to this question is that
four rhymes with explore and makes a
cute project title. The real answer relates to the
nature of the Internet. The idea started as we
searched for websites that could be used with
classroom activities. When we just listed one site in
an assignment, Murphy's Law always seemed to apply.
The site we needed was "not found", loaded too slowly,
or the content was changed. With two sites we're
assured that at least one will work, however we really
only have one resource. Just as we need three legs for
a sturdy chair, we need a least three resources for a
successful exploration. With four sites, one can be
down and we still have enough for information
comparisons. In some cases, we've listed more than
four websites on a particular topic. For example, we
might provide a few for younger readers and others for
more advanced learners.
- We believe in life-long learning and encourage
people of all ages to explore information. Our primary
audience is students who need starting points for a
particular project. Some topics are more logical for a
particular age group. For example, younger people are
generally more interested in bugs, while older
students might be interested in architecture or buying
a car. Middle schools students often study explorers,
while younger students learn about life on a farm.
Overall, we try to select sites that would be good
starting points for anyone wanting to learn more about
- We pick topics based on three criteria. First, as
life-long learners we like to find topics that are of
interest to us. Second, we seek out popular topics
that teachers often work with in the K-12 classroom.
Finally, we try to find topics that will draw the
interest of children and young adults. One of our
goals is to encourage young people to make productive
use of the Internet as a tool for their own personal
development. Feel free to suggest
a topic for a future 42eXplore!
- A new topic is posted each week. You can scan
previous weeks' topics by going to 42eXplore
by date. In some cases, they will be directly
related to a season, holiday, or timely theme. You'll
find a mix of subjects including fine arts, social
studies, science, math, language arts, and other
content areas. Although the topics will be introduced
on a particular week, they will be updated regularly.
We see the weekly introduction as a way to build a
great online resource over time.You'll want to check
back occasionally and see the website evolve. We'd
love to hear your ideas!
- Each school, classroom, and teacher is unique. As
such we didn't try to provide specific activities for
particular grade levels. Instead we suggest that
teachers explore each link, then design specific,
developmentally appropriate activities such as
discussion questions, small group activities, or
webquests to fit the needs of their curriculum. We'd
love to add your activities to the site. Let us know
how you use them.