Videoconferencing


The Paley Center offers classes via videoconferencing on a wide variety of topics that have been developed and are conducted by the Paley Center's education staff. Classes include clips from the Paley Archive that provide information, stimulate conversation, and encourage active viewing and critical thinking. Pre- and post-visit educational materials provide additional thematically relevant information and extend the learning experience. To determine which class fits your needs, please read through the description, pre- and post-visit activities, and scheduling information.

Schedule a Videoconference Class

Classes are sixty minutes in length unless otherwise noted, and are offered Monday to Friday. There is a $125 fee for a videoconference class. To schedule a class, call 212.621.6600, or email us at distancelearningny@paleycenter.org

Grades K–2

What Is Family?

In this class, students will think about and expand on their definition of what a family is by viewing and discussing short television clips that portray different types of family arrangements.

Grades 1–2

Think Green

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.

Grades 2–4

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.

Grades 3–5

Around the World

Explore the ways people live, work, and play around the world. By viewing and discussing international programs, students will compare their own lives to those of children elsewhere and consider how the natural environment and local customs shape and influence people's lives.

Grades 3–5

Gender Identity and Expression

This class introduces students to the concept of gender identity and expression by asking them to reflect on their own identity as well as the identities of popular television characters by using descriptive words that show respect for others.

Grades 4–7

Tooned In to Animation

Experience the magic of animation and learn about the process behind one of television's most creative forms. Students will watch a series of clips and have the chance to create their own flip books.

Grades 5–12

The Fine Art of Persuasion: Television and Advertising

Through careful analysis, students will discover the persuasive techniques developed to capture a viewer's attention in order to promote a product or idea.

Grades 7–12

Hitchcock: Master of Suspense

Students will analyze director Alfred Hitchcock's use of the ordinary to create exciting, even frightening, television drama.

Grades 8–12

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.

Grades 9–12

Going Green

By examining the arguments and ideas put forth in a selection of environmentally focused documentaries and short films, students will discuss current environmental problems, their causes and consequences, and possible solutions to these problems.

Grades 9–12

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.

Grades 9–12

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.

Grades 10–12

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.

Professional Training Workshop

Staff Development Workshops

This professional training workshop explores how to use television to enrich classroom curricula and stresses the importance of focused viewing and discussion when using audio/visual media as a teaching tool. 

Pinnacle Award

Congratulations to The Paley Center for Media's Education department for earning the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration's Pinnacle Award in recognition of outstanding videoconference programs. This award, presented annually, is based on teacher evaluations submitted through the CILC website, and recognizes outstanding performance by a content provider.

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