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.

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Copyright: A primer
Includes most of the text of our reference articles on copyright and fair use, plus a section on Creative Commons. Topics covered include copyright law, limitations and exceptions to copyright...
Format: document/article
LEARN NC: Terms of Use
LEARN NC makes available its articles, lesson plans, and other original education resources free of charge via the World Wide Web to educators and students worldwide. These policies explain the terms of use that apply to all content published by LEARN NC.
Format: article/help
Teaching students about the Creative Commons
Technology makes stealing easy, but it makes sharing just as easy. The Creative Commons will let your students innovate in and out of the classroom without having to worry about copyright violations.
Format: article/best practice
By Bill Ferriter.
Works available for use
In Web Publishing & Collaboration Guide, page 3.4
Many works, copyrighted or not, are available to the public for various kinds of use, including republication and distribution. The public domain The public domain comprises works...
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Using the multimedia library
Guidelines and instructions on finding and using images, audio, and video in the LEARN NC multimedia library.
Format: article/help
Web Publishing & Collaboration Guide
LEARN NC works collaboratively with educators and other individuals from a variety of backgrounds to develop web-based resources for teachers and students. This manual guides educators through the process of developing content for publication on the web, including writing, design, technical guidelines, and copyright.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Media submission guidelines
In Web Publishing & Collaboration Guide, page 2.1
LEARN NC welcomes submissions of images, audio, and video of educational value for our Multimedia Library, and we encourage authors of lesson plans, best practices, and learning materials to include media where appropriate. Photographs We welcome...
Format: policy/help
Tools of the trade for information seekers
A guide to understanding and using search engines, directories, and the invisible web.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.
Copyright for educators
Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States to the authors of "original works of authorship," including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This article explains copyright and U.S. copyright law primarily with respect to education.
Format: article
Using videoconferencing to connect your class to the world
Videoconferencing in the classroom opens up all kinds of opportunities for students to become engaged in learning. This article explores the use of videoconferencing to build cultural understanding, learn from outside experts, and reach homebound students.
Format: article
By Bill Ferriter.
Profiling a potato killer
In CSI Dublin: The Hunt for the Irish Potato Killer, page 3
In this lesson, students use internet resources to determine the factors behind the potato blight that led to the most destructive famine in human history. Students will use the scientific method and inquiry to determine how the pathogen spread over the world and learn some of the historical context surrounding this tragedy.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Science)
By Rebecca Hite.
The Missing Revolution: K–12 Education should unleash the genius of the web. Why hasn’t it?
James Boyle, William Neal Reynolds Professor of Law and co-founder of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain, Duke University Law School, and founding board member of Creative Commons, spoke at LEARN NC's Tenth Anniversary Conference in October 2006...
Format: video
The mountains of Nepal: Scientific investigations
This lesson introduces students to the mountain ecosystems of Nepal. Activities include a brainstorming activity, in which students think about ecosystems and biodiversity; a research activity, in which students use a variety of sources to gather information about the mountain ecosystems of Nepal; and a journal activity, in which students create journal entries based on the information gathered in their research.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 and 7 Information Skills, Science, and Social Studies)
By Robin Bartoletti.
Inclusion in the 21st-century classroom: Differentiating with technology
In Reaching every learner: Differentiating instruction in theory and practice, page 7
While most teachers recognize the need to differentiate instruction, many face barriers in implementation. These barriers include lack of time to prepare lessons, the need to cover a wide range of content in a small amount of time, and extensive classroom management needs. This article advocates for using technology as a means to overcome some of these barriers.
Format: article/best practice
By Bobby Hobgood, Ed.D. and Lauren Ormsby.

Resources on the web

Classroom Learning 2.0
This site provides a tutorial designed to help familiarize educators with various Internet tools. In the tutorial, there are 23 “Things” to complete, with each Thing showing you one more web tool. Each week of the tutorial begins with a brief explanation... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: California School Library Association
Bound by Law
This online comic book makes learning about copyright law entertaining. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Duke University Law School Center for the Study of the Public Domain
TED: Ideas worth spreading
This site publishes video clips of “ideas worth spreading” for free access on the web. The topics range widely, and could potentially be integrated into a variety of subjects. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: TED Conferences