The Paley Center for Media is joining the ranks of organizations stepping up to offer educational resources to children, parents and teachers during the COVID-19 school shutdowns. The Center’s educational team has organized an easily-accessible curriculum honed for remote learning, Education At Home.
One highlight of the multifaceted and broad array of offerings are online classes, which include the course “Tooned into Animation” (available here;). In this class, kids can learn and see the difference between a storyboard, pencil test and completed title sequence, while being introduced to vocabulary terminology and more. The class is suitable for children in grades 4-7.
The Center has also put together other online classes covering different aspects of media, aimed at different age groups. These include “The Fine Art of Persuasion: Television and Advertising,” “The Thirty-Second Candidate: Political Advertising on Television” and “Red Scare: The Cold War & Television.”
Beyond classes, the educational program is anchored by the Paley Center’s Education & Media Resource Guide. The weekly publication is aimed at administrators, teachers and families. The first issue is a general Introduction to Media Literacy, with subsequent editions exploring topics including Earth Day, Cinco de Mayo, Global Communities, LGBTQ+ Pride Month, World Oceans Day and Civil Rights, all aligned with curricula. Issues will include curated and recommended TV programs and other media to share with students and families, along with specific follow-up questions to discuss with students, as well as writing prompts and video guides to physical activity.
Additionally, Paley educators also host Live Video Meetups leading discussions and Q&A from students, parents and teachers. These meetups take place every Thursday at 3 p.m. EST.
Finally, to help navigate the broad media landscape, The Paley Center will provide an Annotated Educational Television Guide of recommended programs on topics that tie to school curricula and build media literacy.