K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.


Learn about our current projects and the teams working on them.

Discovering Ocracoke: Water, people, culture

LEARN NC recently received a grant from the Ocracoke Alive Foundation to create an series of best practice teaching kits to support the use of the 42-foot historic skipjack Wilma Lee at the middle grades level. This project will not represent the Wilma Lee by implying that it is native to Ocracoke. The historic nature of the skipjack is agnostic, and the value of the ship isn't its origins-or even its age-but rather the experience that it can provide students of all ages as they investigate the coast history of Ocracoke, move through the marine environment of the island, and grapple with questions of growth, cultural identity, and aqua-industry.

Transatlantic Teacher Scholars

LEARN NC was recently awarded a contract by the American Battle Monuments Commission to build an interactive teaching companion to the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Verdun, France. This team will explore ways to unlock the narrative stories and trends of the American soldiers who are buried at the Meuse-Argonne by using emergent technologies like GIS tools and Augmented Reality. Once created, we'll be disseminating these materials to a national audience of educators in time for the centennial commemoration of World War I. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is a partner in this project.

Using ChronoZoom to teach Historical Understanding

LEARN NC was recently awarded a contract by Microsoft Research to build an interactive teaching companion to their new online tool called ChronoZoom. As a visualization tool, ChronoZoom allows students to see big history-that is, the complete sequence of time itself-and the scale role of humanity in that timeline. By zooming down to specific topics, teachers are able to ask critical questions within the context of time and place. This project will embed each module in an engaging narrative. Specifically, we will focus on two topics: First Encounters and World War I. Pilot implementation will happen at the Whitfield School (St. Louis, MO) and The Academy at Lincoln Magnet School (Greensboro, NC).

Teaching in the ELA classroom: Best practices, lessons learned

LEARN NC will publish a series of best practice articles with a particular focus on writing, reading, and literacy at the secondary level. These web-based articles will annotate classroom activities and success stories highlighted with multi-media elements like video, audio, and hyperlinks.