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.
- Effective strategies for teaching science vocabulary
- Debates in the middle school classroom
- Transition words and phrases
- Stop that run-on!
- Becoming an online teacher
- Family traditions
- Action chains
- The seven forms of energy
- Teaching deaf students in the inclusive classroom: Part 1
- Culturally relevant teaching
Tips & tools
Here’s what’s new.
- Paintings as windows to the past
- AOWS1: Primary sources in a global context: Opportunity and enterprise in the colonial era
- AOWS8: Not your grandfathers’ wars: Teaching WWI & WWII to 21st Century learners
- AOWS9: A global narrative: Connecting AP United States and World History
- AOWS2: Nation in conflict - Founding figures of America in a global context
- REGISTRATION PAYMENT ISSUES (12/31/2013)
- American Gravestones & Cemeteries (1/15/2014)
- AOWS1: Primary Sources in a Global Context: Opportunity and Enterprise in the Colonial Era (1/15/2014)
- AOWS2: Nation in Conflict - Founding Figures of America In A Global Context (1/15/2014)
- AOWS3: Self Evident Truths? The Birth of Democracy in a Global Context (1/15/2014)
From our blogs
- iPad digital storytelling workshop
- LEARN NC and the Center for Digital Storytelling are co-hosting a three-day workshop designed as a professional development opportunity for K-12 classroom teachers. This hands-on workshop supports participants as they create powerful first-person narratives by harnessing the audio and visual digital capabilities of the iPad. Continue reading
- Registration is open for spring online courses!
- Register now for the LEARN NC spring schedule of online professional development courses. Continue reading
- America on the World Stage – a new series of online courses
- LEARN NC announces a new set of online courses that addresses a global perspective of United States history. Created around a series of essays in the America on the World Stage book, these courses address the urgent need for students to understand the emergence of the United States’ power and prestige in relation to world events. Continue reading
- Walter Horace Carter and the KKK uprising — New curriculum materials
- Free curriculum materials are available from the North Carolina Civic Education Consortium and the Center for the Study of the American South that tell the story of Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper editor Walter Horace Carter and his stand against the Ku Klux Klan. Continue reading
- World View: Global Education Symposium — October 23-24, 2013
- There is still time to register for the World View Global Education Symposium which will be held October 23-24, 2013 at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Continue reading
- Dr. Noah Pickus on Immigrant Students and Families in Schools
- Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists. Franklin D. Roosevelt On Wednesday October 23, 2013, Noah Pickus, Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, spoke … Continue reading
- Poverty in America Curriculum
- Brian McDonald, a teacher at Jordan High School in Durham, NC has worked with the UNC Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity to design curriculum materials focusing on poverty in America both past and present. The curriculum is divided into six units: the American Dream, the Great Depression, the War on Poverty, measuring poverty, financial literacy, and special populations. Continue reading
- At-risk writers
- Lara-Jeane Costa and co-authors look at the impact of targeted curriculum-based measures on at-risk writers in the second grade. Costa also offers research-based suggestions for helping these students in your own classroom. Continue reading
- Andy Mink, executive director of LEARN NC, and Microsoft Research are involved in creation of the innovative timeline tool, ChronoZoom. This on-line, open source tool shows causation of events helping students visualize time and event relationships. Continue reading
- Help yourself (and your students) learn to be more creative
- Dr. Keith Sawyer's new book Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity explores the idea that creativity is a way of life that can be taught. He guides readers through 8 steps to becoming more creative. Continue reading
- Sally Ride Science On Sky With Google Earth
- Sally Ride, the first woman in space, has teamed up with Google Aps for school to create an educational tour of our solar system and beyond in Sally Ride. You will need to download Google Earth and Sally Ride’s tour. While students can do this individually or in pairs, this would be a great [...]
- Real World Math
- Realworldmath.org helps students see that there are real world applications to the math that is being taught in the classroom. This site offers thirty downloadable activities within five categories: concepts, measurements, project-based, exploratory, and space. All of these lessons utilize Google Earth to present math concepts in a meaningful and interactive way. For example, students [...]
- Google Lit Trips
- Google Lit Trips provide an interactive way for students to connect to literature. Whether it takes place in a different time or location from their own, students often find the settings of literature to be abstract. Google has paired with educators around the globe to help solve this problem. Using Google Earth, students can take [...]
- Wish that you could do a lab in your classroom but don’t have the funds, materials, or ability to do it due to safety issues? PhET is a site from the University of Colorado in Boulder that allows students to interact with simulated science experiments. PhEt can be downloaded to a computer or run from [...]