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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Finding best practice resources using the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards
This video demonstrates how to find best practice resources that are aligned to the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards on the LEARN NC website. For best viewing, use full-screen mode, which you can turn on with the button to the left of the volume...
Format: video/demonstration
Blue Ridge Parkway communities: Before the Parkway
In Driving through time: The digital Blue Ridge Parkway, page 2.5
This is the fifth lesson in the Competing Routes unit. It is part of a series of three lessons intended to help students think critically about the effects of the Blue Ridge Parkway on the environment, economy, and lifestyle of its surrounding communities. This lesson focuses on Blue Ridge Parkway communities before the arrival of the Parkway.
Format: lesson plan
By Katy Vance.
Back to the future!
In this lesson plan, students research the history of an important invention and present what they've learned through an annotated timeline, historical fiction journal accounts, and VoiceThread technology.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 and 8 Information Skills and Social Studies)
By Diane Ruby.
Technology integration
An introduction to LEARN NC's resources for integrating technology into your teaching.
Format: bibliography
Using VoiceThread to communicate and collaborate
VoiceThread is an excellent online tool that promotes meaningful conversation through the use of visual prompts such as video clips, images, graphs, and more. This article gives step-by-step instructions to help educators create VoiceThreads that will engage students and stimulate thoughtful dialogue and collaboration.
Format: article
By Bill Ferriter.
Using technology to differentiate by product
Classroom footage and interviews with educators illustrate a variety of ways to differentiate by product using technology. This video is one in a five-part series about integrating technology into differentiated instruction. The other videos include: ...
Format: video/video
Exploring monuments in North Carolina's capital
In this lesson, students will research a Raleigh monument and then locate and explore the monument on a field trip to Raleigh.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts, Information Skills, and Social Studies)
By Stephanie Dixon.
How do special education students benefit from technology?
Students with disabilities can benefit greatly by using technology in the classroom. This article examines the use of assistive technologies with special education students.
Format: article
By Kris Zorigian and Jennifer Job.
Asynchronous conversation matters: Part I
Tap into your students' ease for using digital communities by structuring meaningful online conversations using free tools for asynchronous discussion that center around classroom learning.
Format: article/best practice
By Bill Ferriter.
Reaching every learner: Differentiating instruction in theory and practice
This series of articles, which balance theory, research, and practice, address a variety of topics within differentiation through text, graphics, and video.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Asynchronous conversation matters: Part II
Meaningful online asynchronous discussion requires careful planning. Using the tips from this article, teachers can create questions that will generate enthusiasm for a topic and motivate students to think critically and practice skills of collaborative dialogue.
Format: article
By Bill Ferriter.
Using technology to differentiate by learning environment
Classroom footage and interviews with educators illustrate a variety of ways to differentiate by learning environment using technology. This video is one in a five-part series about integrating technology into differentiated instruction. The other videos include:...
Format: video/video
Untold stories: The Blue Ridge Parkway experience
In Driving through time: The digital Blue Ridge Parkway, page 1.2
This lesson is intended to complement a Story of the American South: The Blue Ridge Parkway Experience. After reading The Blue Ridge Parkway Experience, students will determine an area of interest related to the story, research that topic through the Driving Through Time resources, and develop a digital historical narrative to share their research and understanding.
Format: lesson plan
By Katy Vance.
Sharing time in a blended learning space
This article offers a definition for blended learning and suggests strategies for effectively implementing this instructional approach.
Format: article/best practice
By Kevin Hodgson.
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.
Just beyond the walls: Teachers as writers in virtual space
This article addresses the notion of teachers as writers — providing reasons why a personal writing practice can improve instructional practice, offering a variety of online networks and other sites to help teacher-writers connect with peers, and suggesting ways to bring this idea into the classroom.
Format: article/best practice
By Kevin Hodgson.