PRX Hits the Classroom!

Graduate Students Create Database of Almost 300 PRX Pieces For Use in K-12 and College Classrooms.

Dr. Edna Reid

Dr. Edna Reid’s students at San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science used PRX to learn about metadata and databases, and to create a resource for K-12 classrooms.  They first created tags for almost 300 PRX pieces and mapped them to school subjects and grade-levels.  They then rated the pieces for their educational value and wrote reviews describing how each piece could be integrated into educational curricula.   Here’s one of the reviews:

Search for Alien Life in the Universe –  View Piece
Educational Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Dr. Michio Kaku makes science current events very easy to follow and understand, perfect for 4th to 5th grade but really interesting for all. This clip describes the Kepler satellite and the scientific search for signs of life in the galaxies around us. Students will be dazzled by the estimate of one scientist that we will have contact with other life forms within the next 25 years. It also describes a civilization rating scale which is based on the ability of a civilization to control energy and the external environment. Dr. Michio Kaku rates our civilization with this scale and then uses the scale to explore some different possibilities as to why we have had no contact with other life forms thus far.

PRX will also be featured in a workshop presented by Dr. Reid at the Pennsylvania School Library Association’s annual conference this spring. Her workshop will demonstrate how PRX can be used as a tool for understanding databasing and metadata, and as a resource in the classroom.

Dr. Reid is also collaborating with North Carolina lawyer and former English professor Dr. Mary Brown-Scott to create a course in which students map PRX pieces to National Council of Teachers of English standards and North Carolina educational standards.

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We’re excited about Dr. Reid’s work with PRX in the classroom, and encourage you to use PRX in ways we haven’t thought of, too. So how are you using PRX? Drop us a line and who knows—your ingenuity could find your story on our blog as well! Just email us at: info (at) prx (dot) org.