The Paley Center for Media has enjoyed a decade-long partnership with the NYC Department of Education. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reimagined how to engage students, parents, and educators in NYC and across the country.
Television and streaming services that are readily and broadly available in many homes can be powerful catalysts for learning. However, there are many questions about what media to choose, and how to use this time for enrichment and inspiration. The Paley Center Education Department is sharing tips and strategies to help parents and teachers use media as an integral part of the learning experience and to hone their media literacy skills while teaching and learning continues at home.
Paley Online Classes
As students watch a selection of short programs about the environment, they will be asked to think about ways to nurture and protect the world that surrounds them.
Fractured Fairy Tales
What happens when you take a classic fairy tale, mix up the storytelling elements, and throw in a little imagination and creativity? Students will review the basic elements of storytelling.
Tooned In to Animation
Experience the magic of animation and learn about the process behind one of television's most creative forms. Learn how the art form is created step-by-step. Students will watch a series of clips and have the chance to create their own flip books.
The Fine Art of Persuasion: Television and Advertising
What is advertising, what is its goal, and what are its methods? Through careful analysis, students will discover the persuasive techniques developed to capture a viewer's attention in order to promote a product or idea.
Portrayals of Women on Television
Students will examine how portrayals of women on television have evolved from the 1950s to the present. This class encourages participants to think about women they admire and to compare them to these fictional portrayals.
The Thirty-Second Candidate: Political Advertising on Television
View political advertisements from the past fifty years. Students will focus on techniques of political advertising, target audience and demographics, how advertising conveys leadership, and the role of policy in campaign ads.
Get Up! Stand Up! The Civil Rights Movement and Television
The rise of the Civil Rights Movement paralleled the growing use of television in the United States. Students will analyze clips from the Paley Archive to learn about the Civil Rights Movement.
Red Scare: The Cold War & Television
During the 1950s, America was gripped with fear and anxiety about the possibilities of war and nuclear threat, and television reflected this paranoia. This class investigates the ways that television reflected and perpetuated fear and hysteria during the Cold War period.
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SIA: Summer Coding Camp
July 13 to August 2, 2020
This is a six-week virtual coding camp where you will learn the foundations of game design and be introduced to C# programming language on the Unity game engine. Tuition is covered 100% for eligible students.
The Ghost School: Interactive Video Game That Teaches Computer Thinking—Register Now!
Create your avatar then make your way through the levels of the haunted schools as you learn programming logic and syntax, computational thinking, and more.
Resources for @Home Learning
PDF: Home Media Recommendations: Social Studies/English Language Arts
An annotated guide for parents and teachers to help find educational programming, with an emphasis on Social Studies and English Language Arts learning standards.
PDF: Home Media Recommendations: STEM
An annotated guide for parents and teachers to help find educational programming, with an emphasis on STEM learning standards.
PDF: Online Research Tips & Best Practices
A quick guide for students to help them get started with online research projects.
Paley Education & Media Resource Guide
Consuming media with your kids is a perfect jumping-off point to making media literacy a part of your everyday lives.
Sign up for our weekly Paley Education & Media Resource Guide, which is filled with recommendations, best practices, and resources for teachers and parents. Also, it offers "What We're Watching," two specific programs to watch based on age range, with related discussion questions and online activities for parents to engage their children.
Hispanic Heritage Month
Teen Transmitters Takeover!
- September 14, 2020 Politics and Media Post-COVID
- September 7, 2020 Covid-19, Social Unrest, and Hollywood
- August 31, 2020 Media in Quarantine
- August 24, 2020 Comfort, Covid & Confinement
- August 17, 2020 A Night at the Movies
- August 10, 2020 Take a Bow, Broadway
- August 3, 2020 Star Gazing
- July 28, 2020 Goosebumps & The Twilight Zone
- July 20, 2020 Studio Ghibli
- July 13, 2020 Page to Screen
- July 6, 2020 New York City
- June 29, 2020 Summer Vacation
- June 22, 2020 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Ghost Stories for Young People & Psycho
- June 16, 2020 Black Panther & Black Panthers: Vanguard of a Revolution
- June 9, 2020 Our Planet & Chasing Coral
- June 1, 2020 Danger & Eggs & Steven Universe
- May 25, 2020 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
- May 18, 2020 The Plausible Impossible & Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse
- May 11, 2020 Pen Pals & Kedi
- May 4, 2020 Coco & Artbound
- April 27, 2020 The Backyardigans & Samurai Jack
- April 22, 2020 The Lorax & Virunga
- April 15, 2020 WALL-E & The X-Files
- April 7, 2020 Curious George & Science Fair
- March 31, 2020 Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- March 26, 2020 Media Literacy
Weekly Zoom Meet-ups
Thursdays, 3:00 to 3:30 pm ET—Resuming Sept. 24
Students Grades 3+ can join our educators Bekah Fisk and Caroline Quigley for a weekly Zoom Meet-up, Thursdays from 3:00 to 3:30 pm ET, to chat about the week’s theme and engage in some hands-on learning. Parents and teachers are welcome to join as well!
Please Note: our Zoom meet-ups are still on summer break. But don’t worry, we’ll start back up again on Thursday, September 24.
For connection details, please RSVP to email@example.com
Funding for the Education Program has been generously provided by an endowment from:
- William Randolph Hearst Foundation
- Leo J. Hindery, Jr.
For additional support, the Paley Center wishes to thank:
- The JMCMRJ Foundation
- Dick Wolf
- Joan Ganz Cooney
- Pinkerton Foundation
- Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation
- Con Edison
- Select Equity Group Foundation
- Michael Tuch Foundation
- The Laura B. Vogler Foundation, Inc.
- William E. Weiss Foundation