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.

Videoconference classes are sixty minutes long, unless otherwise noted, but can be modified to accommodate class periods. For the most effective learning experience, we recommend that the class size not exceed forty participants. Videoconference classes cost $125 and staff development workshops cost $150. Schools can participate by connecting to the Paley Center with an IP (H.323) line, or Zoom Pro account. 

Before Your Virtual Field Trip
• Schedule a test connection.
• Let us know if you have any special needs (i.e. shorter class periods, English language learners, etc.).
• Do the suggested pre-visit activities.
• Place your camera on top of or near the TV monitor that the students will be looking at.
• Make sure the microphone is in a good location away from the TV monitor.
• Make sure that there is a teacher available to call on students during the workshop as the programs are interactive.

Paley Educators will work with teachers to meet their curricular and scheduling needs. To schedule a videoconference program for your students or staff, call 212.621.6600 or email


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 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

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

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.

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.

Senior Citizens

The Golden Years of Television

Between the late 1940s and early '60s the medium of television became the dominant form of home entertainment. This presentation revisits and celebrates some of the most beloved personalities from these early years in television.

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.