Important Message about LEARN NC

LEARN NC is evaluating its role in the current online education environment as it relates directly to the mission of UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education (UNC-CH SOE). We plan to look at our ability to facilitate the transmission of the best research coming out of UNC-CH SOE and other campus partners to support classroom teachers across North Carolina. We will begin by evaluating our existing faculty and student involvement with various NC public schools to determine what might be useful to share with you.

Don’t worry! The lesson plans, articles, and textbooks you use and love aren’t going away. They are simply being moved into the new LEARN NC Digital Archive. While we are moving away from a focus on publishing, we know it’s important that educators have access to these kinds of resources. These resources will be preserved on our website for the foreseeable future. That said, we’re directing our resources into our newest efforts, so we won’t be adding to the archive or updating its contents. This means that as the North Carolina Standard Course of Study changes in the future, we won’t be re-aligning resources. Our full-text and tag searches should make it possible for you to find exactly what you need, regardless of standards alignment.

With clever design, you can add even more dimensions to a map, using colors and symbols to represent different data. But maps that are visually busy can easily get confusing. Sometimes it’s best to use a series of maps.

These examples, from LEARN NC’s digital textbook for North Carolina history, present maps in a slideshow that students can navigate in two dimensions: time and place. Use the menu to select what type of data you want to see; use the slider to move through time.

Mapping a Changing North Carolina
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The maps in this slideshow, drawn from U.S. Census data, show how various aspects of North Carolina’s population have changed over time and vary from place to place. The accompanying activity walks students through the maps, explaining demographic concepts and the nature of census data, and guides them to analyze the maps and the data they present.
North Carolina agriculture, 1860-2007
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These maps show changes in North Carolina’s agriculture from the eve of the Civil War in 1860 to the present. In them, you can see three major changes over the past 150 years: New technology and increased production, the growth of professional farming, and concentration in agriculture.
North Carolina Elections, 1960-2010
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Maps of North Carolina show county-by-county election results for president, governor, and U.S. Senate from 1960 to 2008, showing how party affiliation and voting patterns have varied by region and changed over time.

Unfortunately, maps like these — with information about population, voting, and economic production — place an extra burden on the reader. Now, you have to look not only at the cartography, but at the data represented as well. Let’s look at that next.