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distance education
Instructional delivery option that takes advantage of various space or technology resources. Distance education enhances options for students to access educational resources to overcome geographic, mobility, or time constraints.
service learning
Intentional combination of community service objectives and learning opportunities that benefits both the recipient and provider of the service. Student service learning projects should be structured to link learning tasks to self-reflection so that they enrich learning, strengthen communities, and teach civic responsibility.
blended learning
A student-centered approach to creating a learning experience whereby the learner interacts with other students, with the instructor, and with content through thoughtful integration of online and face-to-face environments.
cooperative learning
Instructional method in which students work together in small, heterogeneous groups to complete a problem, project, or other instructional goal, while teachers act as guides or facilitators. This method works to reinforce a student’s own learning as well as the learning of his or her fellow group members.
collaborative learning
An umbrella term for the variety of approaches and models in education that involve the shared intellectual efforts by students working in small groups to accomplish a goal or complete a task.
learning contract
An agreement between a teacher and a student regarding how that student will achieve specified learning goals or objectives.
learning disability
A discrepancy between expected achievement and observed achievement, also known as "unexpected underachievement."
discovery learning
Learning that takes place, not through instruction, but through examination, analysis, or experimentation.
project-based learning
Teaching approach that engages students in sustained, collaborative real-world investigations. Projects are organized around a driving question, and students participate in a variety of tasks that seek to meaningfully address this question.
Dimensions of Learning model
Model of learning developed by Marzano et al (1988) that links content area knowledge, metacognition, and critical and creative thinking with a taxonomy of thinking skills and thinking processes.
digital game-based learning
Instructional method that incorporates educational content or learning principles into video games with the goal of engaging learners. Applications of digital game-based learning draw upon the constructivist theory of education.
problem-based learning
Model of instruction in which the teacher poses an authentic problem for student resolution. PBL may be one among many strategies in a classroom or an entire curricular and instructional approach. In the course of problem-solving, students work cooperatively in groups to learn content and skills related to real world problems. The teacher acts as a facilitator to learning.

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Car tests
In On track learning: Safety through technology and design, page 11
In this culminating lesson, student will test their car designs for safety and either speed or distance. They will evaluate their success at working as a team and consider what changes they'd make if they did the project all over again.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–10 Science)
By Roxanne Moses.
A walk through the solar system
A practice in scientific notation, measurement, and scale distances, this lesson plan integrates mathematics into the science curriculum.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 and 8 Mathematics and Science)
By RhondaS Dausman.
Introduction to online learning
"Introduction to Online Learning" is designed to introduce web-based learning to people who are new to the online learning environment.
Format: article/online course
The highways or the byways: Mapping routes in North Carolina
In North Carolina maps, page 2.1
In this lesson, students use mathematical skills to choose the best routes for traveling around the state. Students will also use various internet resources for determining and plotting distance and ratio of miles per hour to time.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Mathematics)
Tour of the solar system
Students, in groups, will research, design, and create a PowerPoint presentation on the planets. The class will then take a “tour of the solar system.”
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Science)
By Jennifer Mott.
The problem with parallax
Students will increase their understanding of astronomical measurements by using parallax to measure distances on their school campus. They will also gain an appreciation of the difficulties with such measurements by statistically analyzing the class' results.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 and 9–12 Mathematics and Science)
By Mark Clinkscales and Carrie Palmer.
Mirror, mirror on the ground!
In this lesson, students will use their knowledge of similar triangles and indirect measurement to measure the heights of various objects.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–8 Mathematics)
By Denise Corbett.
Designing for speed and distance
In On track learning: Safety through technology and design, page 3
In this lesson, students will learn about factors engineers must balance when designing a car. Students will find that not only must engineers consider the actual car design, but also road design and fuel limitations. Students will apply some of their new knowledge as they continue to work on their own car designs.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–10 Science)
By Roxanne Moses.
Passing for success
Student will learn how to pass a basketball, one of the skills necessary to succeed at the game of basketball.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Healthful Living)
By Pierre Dacons.
Fair use
Fair use is any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and "transformative" purpose such as commentary, criticism, or parody. "Fair" uses do not require permission from the copyright owner. This article explains fair use, particularly with respect to education.
Format: article
Fair use
In Web Publishing & Collaboration Guide, page 3.3
Fair use is any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and "transformative" purpose such as commentary, criticism, or parody. "Fair" uses do not require permission from the copyright owner. Determining fair use...
Format: article
By David Walbert.
How to make a linkage map based on phenotype of offspring
In Restoring the American chestnut, page 5
The approximate distance of two genes that are located near each other on the same chromosome can be determined by observing the phenotype of the offspring and calculating how the results differ from the expected Mendelian cross. This lesson walks students through those calculations and shows how to make a linkage map of three traits on the same chromosome. It uses actual traits found in American chestnut trees to teach this concept.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Science)
By Shelley Casey.
Four myths about online learning
There are a number of myths circulating about online courses. This article explains what online courses are and debunks some of those myths.
Format: article/help
By Ross White.
Light, camera, action! Shadows?
This lesson will demonstrate how the position of a light source or direction of light and the time of the day will affect the shadow images that are depicted in our environment over a period of time.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Mathematics and Science)
By Alta Allen.
Where do the Lumbee live?
In Teaching about North Carolina American Indians, page 2.8
Introduction Knowing the location of a community, city, state or nation is important. More important, however, is understanding of the personality of the location. Robeson County, home of the Lumbee Tribe, is more than a North Carolina county that...
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 and 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Gazelia Carter.
g: A pendulum
Students will time the periods of pendulums to determine if length or mass affects them. Students can then use a pendulum to calculate the acceleration of gravity.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Science)
By Bill Sowell.
Calculating slope of a ramp
In On track learning: Safety through technology and design, page 9
In this lesson, students build a ramp and calculate its slope at different heights. They will also test cars to see how the height of the ramp affects speed.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–10 English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science)
By Roxanne Moses.
Data gathering - Linear regressions
In groups of three, students gather data by experiment or observation in one of nine activities. Each group models the data they gathered, creates a display, and presents results to the class using an overhead projector.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Mathematics)
By Judy Pickering.
Scale drawings
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 2.7
In this lesson for grade seven, students will use maps to measure the distances between cities in North Carolina. Students will write equations using the maps' scales to calculate the actual distances in miles.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Mathematics)
By Peggy Dickey and Barbara Turner.Adapted by Sharon Abell.
Shooting for archery trivia
In this lesson, students will continue to improve target shooting by aiming for index cards placed on their targets. The cards will contain questions pertaining to archery terminology, which will also serve as a review.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Healthful Living)