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Daniel Lunk joined LEARN NC in May 2009 as a Digital Media Specialist. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008, earning a B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Media Production. As a Digital Media Specialist, Daniel creates original digital content for the LEARN NC website, including videos, maps, graphics, and audio recordings.

Videos by Daniel Lunk

Alamance Battleground — Blacksmith
A historical interpreter demonstrates and explains the work of a colonial blacksmith and his role in the community.
Civil War reenactment: A Union cavalry officer
A reenactor portraying a Union cavalry officer explains the weapons and equipment carried by cavalry in the Civil War.
Civil War reenactment: Firing a musket
Reenactors portraying Union soldiers in the Civil War demonstrate the firing of a musket.
Civil War reenactment: Uniforms
A reenactor portraying a Union cavalry officer explains some of the many uniforms worn by soldiers in the Civil War.
Civil War reenactment: Union occupation and a Confederate soldier goes home, 1865
In this video, a Confederate soldier making his way home at the end of the Civil War is stopped by Union soldiers at a checkpoint, then cooks for them in exchange for a day’s rations.
Classroom behavior
In this video, a classroom dramatization illustrates a variety of appropriate and inappropriate behaviors by students and the classroom teacher. Produced and developed as part of a collaborative effort between North Carolina State University’s College of Education and the Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA) unit, with additional editing by Daniel Lunk.
Classroom behavior analysis
This video was designed to be viewed as a follow-up to the classroom dramatization “Classroom Behavior.” In this piece, Dr. Edward J. Sabornie discusses some of the appropriate and inappropriate behaviors illustrated by the students and teacher in the original video. Produced and developed as part of a collaborative effort between North Carolina State University’s College of Education and the Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA) unit, with additional editing by Daniel Lunk.
Cooking hoe cakes on an open fire
Demonstration of cooking hoe cakes outdoors on an open fire. “Hoe cakes” are cakes or breads made of cornmeal, small enough to be cooked on the back of a farmer’s hoe.
Cooking on a cast iron stove
In this video, historical interpreters demonstrate cooking on a cast iron stove.
Cooking on an open fire
A reenactor demonstrates eighteenth-century methods of cooking and talks about colonial foods and foodways.
Deafness, language, and literacy
Through expert interviews and classroom footage, this video discusses the role deafness plays in a student’s development of language, and how this affects the way a deaf student may write and speak. Includes an explanation of visual phonics — a tool that helps students visualize sound.
Deafness, self-esteem, and the inclusive classroom
A deaf student surrounded by hearing peers in an inclusive classroom may experience feelings of isolation. Through expert interviews and classroom footage, this video discusses some of the factors that may contribute to a deaf student’s positive self-image.
Differentiation with real-world perspectives
Using classroom footage and teacher interviews, this video explores the practice of creating assignments based on real-world perspectives. Teachers from elementary, middle, and high school discuss how a variety of populations can benefit from this approach.
Harvesting and selling tobacco
This short documentary shows the process of harvesting, curing, and selling tobacco, from farm to auction. Filmed at Duke Homestead State Historic Site in Durham, North Carolina, during the 2009 Tobacco Harvest Festival.
How a canal works
This brief animation illustrates the operation of a canal.
How does tiering benefit students?
In this video, three teachers from Raleigh’s Baileywick Road Elementary School discuss how creating tiered assignments has benefited their students. Includes classroom footage.
How does tiering benefit teachers?
In this video, teachers at Raleigh’s Baileywick Road Elementary School discuss how creating tiered assignments has benefited them as teachers. Includes classroom footage.
How to implement instruction with nonfiction
In this video, classroom footage and teacher interviews address best practices in teaching with informational text.
How to implement tiering
In this video, classroom footage and teacher interviews emphasize important points in adopting tiered assignments.
Implementing perspectives-based assignments
This video offers ideas on implementing assignments based on real-world perspectives. Teachers from elementary, middle, and high school share advice and suggest how to overcome common challenges.
John Dee Holeman — Tobacco Harvest Festival
Renowned Piedmont blues artist John Dee Holeman performs “I Feel So Good” at the 2009 Tobacco Harvest and Hornworm Arts Festival at Duke Homestead in Durham, North Carolina.
Laundry and ironing by hand
Demonstration of the washing, drying, and ironing of clothes by hand.
Longshore drift animation
This animation illustrates longshore drift, the process by which sand is gradually washed down a beach by the wash and backwash of ocean waves.
Measuring dissolved oxygen
In this video, Christine Muth of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics demonstrates how to measure the level of dissolved oxygen in a water sample using a LaMotte test kit.
Measuring pH
In this video, Christine Muth of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics demonstrates how to measure pH of a water sample using two types of pH paper.
Measuring total dissolved solids
In this video, Christine Muth of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics demonstrates how to measure the total dissolved solids of a water sample using a Vernier conductivity probe.
Measuring turbidity
In this video, Christine Muth of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics demonstrates how to measure turbidity, the lack of clarity of a sample of water.
Modes of communication
Understanding the variety of communication modes used by deaf people is critical in order for an inclusive classroom teacher to teach a deaf student effectively. Through expert interviews and classroom footage, this video shares some easily-implemented strategies for working with students who use interpreters, hearing aids, and cochlear implants.
North Carolina History promo
This promotional video explores the features and highlights of LEARN NC’s North Carolina digital history textbook.
Supporting autistic students in inclusion settings
In this brief video, autism teacher Maureen Ostrander talks about some of the measures in place at her school to support students with autism, including providing a mini-lesson about autism to all the students in the school.
Teaching deaf students in the inclusive classroom: Part 1
This video uses expert interviews and classroom footage to explore some of the conditions that lead to a deaf student’s success in an inclusive setting. Part one of two.
Teaching deaf students in the inclusive classroom: Part 2
This video uses expert interviews and classroom footage to explore some of the conditions that lead to a deaf student’s success in an inclusive setting. Part two of two.
The benefits of teaching with nonfiction
In this video, classroom footage and teacher interviews explore the benefits of teaching with informational text. Teachers discuss particular student populations that benefit from reading nonfiction, including exceptional children, English language learners, students with learning disabilities, and reluctant readers.
The elements of informational text
In this video, classroom footage and teacher interviews explore the features of nonfiction texts and illustrate how instruction with nonfiction differs from instruction using fictional texts.
The importance of collaboration
This video addresses the elements of a successful collaborative partnership among the deaf student, the classroom teacher, the teacher of the deaf, the student’s family members, the educational interpreter, and school administrators.
The importance of Deaf culture
In this video, experts explain why social interaction is so important and share ideas for connecting deaf students to Deaf culture both within the school and outside it.
The “who cares” approach: Long-term benefits
Using classroom footage and teacher interviews, this video addresses the long-term benefits to students of using assignments based on real-world perspectives. Teachers from elementary, middle, and high school share observations and success stories.
Toys and play in eighteenth-century America
Reenactors demonstrate some common children’s toys and games from colonial America.
Using picture cues to communicate
In this brief video, speech-language pathologist Carrie Elam uses picture symbols to communicate with a student with autism during a painting project in art class.
Using technology to differentiate by content
Classroom footage and interviews with educators illustrate a variety of ways to differentiate by content using technology.
Using technology to differentiate by learning environment
Classroom footage and interviews with educators illustrate a variety of ways to differentiate by environment using technology.
Using technology to differentiate by process
Classroom footage and interviews with educators illustrate a variety of ways to differentiate by process using technology.
Using technology to differentiate by product
Classroom footage and interviews with educators illustrate a variety of ways to differentiate by product using technology.
Using virtual worlds to engage gifted learners
In this video, students in a gifted classroom use the multi-user learning environment Quest Atlantis to explore issues related to the creation of a game reserve in Tanzania. Interviews with the teacher and students offer perspectives on the value of using virtual worlds in the classroom.
What is tiering?
In this video, teacher interviews and classroom footage explore the practice of creating tiered assignments.
“Who cares” in action: Formative and summative assessment
This video illustrates how using perspectives-based assignments can improve classroom instruction and assessment. Teachers discuss how this approach contributes to effective formative assessment, informed differentiation, and higher test scores.
Writing with a quill pen
A reenactor demonstrates how American colonists wrote, using dip pens and ink.

Resources created by Daniel Lunk

1860 U.S. electoral map
1860 U.S. electoral map
Format: image/map
Civil War battles in North Carolina
Civil War battles in North Carolina
Format: image/map
North Carolina cities, 1860
North Carolina cities, 1860
Map shows locations and sizes of North Carolina towns and cities with populations greater than 2,500 in 1860.
Format: image/map
North Carolina cities, 1880
North Carolina cities, 1880
Map shows locations and sizes of North Carolina towns and cities with populations greater than 2,500 in 1880.
Format: image/map
North Carolina cities, 1910
North Carolina cities, 1910
Map shows locations and sizes of North Carolina towns and cities with populations greater than 2,500 in 1910.
Format: image/map
North Carolina enslaved population by county, 1860
North Carolina enslaved population by county, 1860
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North Carolina population: Percent enslaved by county, 1830
North Carolina population: Percent enslaved by county, 1830
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Railroads in North Carolina, 1860
Railroads in North Carolina, 1860
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Railroads in North Carolina, 1896
Railroads in North Carolina, 1896
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Sharecropped farms, 1890
Sharecropped farms, 1890
Map of North Carolina, 1890, shows the percent of total farms in each county that were sharecropped.
Format: image/map
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