Welcome to LEARN NC!
LEARN NC gives you what you need for K–12 teaching and learning, when and where you need it. Here’s how to get started.
Projects and special collections
- North Carolina History
- A “digital textbook” of primary sources, background readings, and multimedia.
- American Indians
- A guide to some of the best resources for teaching about American Indians.
- World Cultures
- Photographs and audio with historical and cultural context and related lesson plans.
- Critical Languages
- Digital textbooks for Mandarin Chinese and Arabic.
- Environmental Science
- Virtual field trips, lesson plans, and classroom content for a variety of grade levels.
- Field Trips
- Find educational opportunities in your county or region.
- New Teacher Support
- Resources and guides to LEARN NC for beginning teachers and their mentors.
- COLT: Carolina On-Line Teacher
- A certification program for online instructors.
- Differentiated Instruction
- Teaching all students in the 21st-century classroom.
- Technology Integration
- Best practices for making innovative and meaningful use of classroom technology.
- Education Reference
- Background articles and research summaries on key topics in education, from A to Z.
Tips & tools
Here’s what’s new.
- Principles of flipped learning
- Mission possible: Classroom teachers effectively teaching English Language Learners
- Making the digital connection: iPads in the STEM classroom
- iReach all learners with iPads: How to utilize the iPad to meet the needs of LD students
- The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
From our blogs
- April news from the North Carolina Civic Education Consortium
- Find a lesson plan that teaches students about the accomplishments and difficulties of African Americans during World War II as well as upcoming professional development opportunities in this month's NC CEC newsletter. Continue reading
- Astronomy in April
- ASTRONOMY IN APRIL: ATTEND A LIVE UNC-TV SCREENING & DISCUSSION—ONLINE! Coming Wednesday, April 2, at 7 PM, to a Computer near You! UNC-TV’s science stories that you see on such series as North Carolina Science Now and QUEST always capture … Continue reading
- Wikipedia edit-a-thon: African American history in North Carolina
- Come be a part of this second annual event at Wilson Library on the afternoon of March 30, 2014! Continue reading
- North Carolina Science Festival: March 28-April 13, 2014
- Check out the exciting events that are happening near you during the NC Science Festival! Continue reading
- The Presidential Primary Sources Project: Leadership in a Time of Crisis – 2014 Videoconferencing Program
- The Presidential Primary Sources Project offers a series of free fifty-minute videoconferencing programs sponsored by the U.S. Presidential Libraries and Museums, National Park Service, and the Internet2 K20 Initiative. Continue reading
- Dean McDiarmid’s Op Ed Sparks Conversation
- Bill McDiarmid, Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, has always been an active Dean. On March 17, 2014, Real Clear Education published his op ed, “Is the ‘Common School’ Ideal Doomed in North Carolina?” Within three days, Diane Ravitch posted the op ed on Daine Ravitch’s blog: A site to discuss better education for all; within three weeks, it was a frequent topic of conversation at the American Education Research Association Conference. Many members of the UNC School of Education community hope that both the Dean’s activism and his op ed continue to be the center of conversations. Continue reading
- Flipping Classrooms
- The flipped classroom is a pedagogical model where typical lecture and homework routines are reversed. Teachers using this model work to reverse traditional classroom routines through employing technology to record direct instruction for students to watch at their own pace and on their time. Continue reading
- iPadagogy Project Introduction
- UNC School of Education professors Janice Anderson and Julie Justice are leading a team of education graduate students in examining how teachers are integrating iPad technology into their daily classroom practice using a design-based research methodology. Continue reading
- The Changing Landscape of Education
- On Saturday February 8, 2014, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill held the 7th Biennial School of Education Graduate Student Association Research Symposium with the theme The Changing Landscape of Education. This symposium was full of new researchers sharing the many ways that they are bringing their passion to the field in order to make a positive difference in public education. Continue reading
- Emerging Issues
- Many UNC faculty members attended the 2014 Emerging Issues Forum sponsored by the Institute for Emerging Issues. This year's forum was working towards an answer to the question: How do we train, retain, and support world-class teachers in every classroom to secure N.C.'s future competitiveness? Here on the campus of UNC, LEARN NC is working toward this goal in multiple ways. LEARN NC’s “The Well” blog focuses on how LEARN NC is working to support the teaching profession by contributing to a culture of professionalism around teachers. Continue reading
- Grid is an app that allows groups of teachers or students to create a collaborative spreadsheet. It is the perfect technology tool for teachers to plan units, projects, and lesson plans with your Professional Learning Community. Students can use it to brainstorm or work on projects in collaborative groups. Grid helps users organize notes, pictures, […]
- Looking for a way to spice up your PowerPoints to make them more engaging? Want to throw in some animation to help keep your students’ attention? PowToon is a free, easy to use presentation tool that uses click and drag features to create animation. The set up is very similar to PowerPoint, so it is […]
- WordSift is an on-line, free tool to support effective vocabulary instruction by helping students identify key words in text, as well as creating a visual resource using the web. Teachers and students can also use the tool as a way to skim text and increase comprehension. Simply copy and paste text into the window, click […]
- MIT Blossoms: Math and Science Video Lessons for High School classes
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology has created the BLOSSOMS video library for teachers to access over 50 math and science videos and lesson plans. Each lesson contains video segments, a teacher’s guide, downloadable hand-outs, and a list of additional online resources relevant to the topic. The idea behind each of these lessons is for teachers to […]