Constructopedia is intended for
three levels of users:
Juniors, Seniors, and Experts.
Its three levels of difficulty provide links to webpages selected as most appropriate for each group’s:
a) reading level,
c) background knowledge, and
d) attention span.
Each is discussed below.
Academically, this group is defined as middle school students, and English Language Learners (ELLs) with limited fluency. Materials selected for this group tend to be shorter and more expository (to the point). Where possible, there is also greater use of high-impact materials, e.g., video presentations, graphics, slide shows, and entertaining subject matter. Since it can be expected that there will be considerable range among middle-schoolers in reading level and background knowledge, the more advanced students should be encouraged to read material curated at the senior level. Users in this group may be vying for placement in the more desirable high schools by improving their overall communication skills.
This second group of learners can range in reading level and background knowledge from high school juniors to college seniors. High schoolers using this tool might be seeking to improve their SAT scores and performance on other standardized college placement exams. College students can use Big Ideas to improve their current performance or to better prepare themselves for the rigors of graduate school academics.
The linked articles in this grouping are selected for professionals and graduate students. They include research papers and analytical material written at the highest level of conceptual language, employing scores of constructs, often in a single sentence. Users at this level gain a competitive advantage in their careers. The cross-fertilization of ideas drawn from across multiple disciplines induces habits of lateral thinking and synthetic creativity similar to blue-sky brain storming sessions.