Searching LEARN NC
Searching from any page
On every page of the website, you’ll see a search form in the right-hand side of the banner. You can use this form to search across all our collections.
As you type a word or phrase into the search field, you may see a list of suggestions beneath it. These are tags or keywords we’ve assigned to our resources, and for convenience you can select one that fits your search. If you don’t see any that meet your needs, simply ignore them and use the search form as you normally would.
Searching an area of the website
The menu next to the search field in the banner lists all the areas of our website. The default is LEARN NC, which is a search of our entire website. The other options match the options in the left-hand navigation column — lesson plans, best practices, and so on — and also includes our help area. If you select lesson plans, you’ll be searching only lesson plans; if you select online courses, you’ll be searching only our online course catalog.
Using the search results
The main column of search results includes resources published and housed by LEARN NC on our website — text, multimedia, and longer works like slideshows, tutorials, and online textbooks. In the right-hand column, you’ll see a heading “On the Web,” underneath which you’ll find a few websites from our Best of the Web collection that match your query, with a link to find more.
- To search websites we’ve catalogued, select Best of the Web in the search menu in the banner.
- To search all lesson plans, including lesson plans we’ve catalogued, select Lesson Plans in the search menu in the banner, or go to the Lesson plans area of our website and browse by goal and objective of the Standard Course of Study.
At the top of a page of search results, underneath links to additional pages, of results, you’ll see various options for refining or narrowing your search, as well as a link to the advanced search form.
Searching by tag will find only those resources to which we’ve assigned the keyword you search for. So, for example, searching for history will find every resource with the word “history” in it, but selecting tags only will find only those pages we’ve specifically decided related to history or teaching of history. While searching by tag may help you focus your search results, then, it may also exclude valuable resources.
Text, images, audio, video
Our search will give you resources in all the formats we publish. If you want to focus just on web pages and not see material from our multimedia library, select text. (Of course, the records of many of our images, audio, and video files include detailed descriptions and links to lesson plans and other related materials — so don’t be too quick to exclude them!) If, on the other hand, you’re looking specifically for multimedia, you can select one of the media formats.
The advanced search form
The advanced search form is linked from the footer of every page of the website, as well as from the options at the top of each page of search results.
- Include general resources?
Not all of our resources are catalogued by grade and curriculum area. Many resources, such as photographs and some best practices, aren’t specific to any grade level and might be used in teaching various subjects. We don’t think it’s helpful to list every grade and subject for which a resource might be used — instead, we list only those grades and subjects for which a resource was designed.
If you select include general resources, when you search for a particular grade and/or subject, you’ll also find resources that could be used in a variety of contexts. If you’d rather find only resources that were designed for a particular grade and/or subject, select find selected values only.
Audience defines who is likely to use a given resource. Think of it in terms of role or duty rather than job title.
- Teachers includes anyone with a role in instruction, including media specialists, tutors, and parents who are homeschooling or helping their children with homework.
- Students means anyone learning K–12 content.
- Resources for administrators might also be valuable to teacher-leaders. We have few published resources for administrators; try our Best of the Web collection for more.
- Resources for parents are designed for parents of school-age children, but for homework help, look under teachers or students (or don’t specify an audience). We have few published resources for parents; try our Best of the Web collection for more.
LEARN NC publishes not only lesson plans and best practice articles but a wide variety of resources for classroom and student use, from literature and documentary primary sources to photographs, charts, and animation. The many formats of these resources are listed here.
In addition to text pages, we publish images, audio recordings, and video. Documents are files you can download, including handouts and forms in PDF or RTF format.
Note that many of our images, audio, and video records also have extensive text associated with them — descriptions, transcripts, and contextual information to help you make use of the materials in the classroom.
Language refers to the language of the resource itself, not to resources for teachers of that language. If you select Spanish, you can expect to find resources written all or partially in Spanish.
LEARN NC has few published resources in languages other than English; for more, try our Best of the Web collection.
- Where your search terms appear
You can restrict your search to particular parts of a page or resource:
- Searching the credit is the best way to find resources by a particular author.
- Tags are the keywords we assign to our resources. By restricting your search to tags, you’re relying on our cataloguing — you’re likely to get a more focused set of resources, but you may also miss things. If you try this option and don’t find what you’re looking for, try searching “anywhere in the page.”