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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Email updates from LEARN NC
LEARN NC sends out periodic email updates to subscribing educators. These updates contain summaries of new articles, information about new resources, and announcements of online course offerings and upcoming professional development opportunities.
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Acceptable use policy for online courses
Policies governing the acceptable and unacceptable use of email, messaging clients, and online dicussion areas by students taking online courses through LEARN NC.
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Why did you send me a virus?
A primer on viruses, worms, and how to protect yourself on the Internet.
Format: article
By Ross White.
Professional development by email
Conducting professional development by email can be an effective way to reach busy teachers, tailor the content to their needs, and provide an authentic context for learning.
By Bobby Hobgood, Ed.D..
About RSS
RSS -- or Real Simple Syndication -- feeds are being used increasingly by newspapers, weblogs, and education web sites to help you get their information delivered right to you. Getting started is fairly simple, especially because you may already be using a web browser or email client that can also serve as your RSS reader.
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Integrating the internet into the curriculum: Jan Brett author study
Jan Brett's books will be used to integrate technology into different areas of the curriculum. The seven activities will each take about 30 minutes depending on the class. The highlight of the author study will be the design of a class multimedia presentation.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Computer/Technology Skills, English Language Arts, Information Skills, and Social Studies)
By Barb Thorson.
Philosophy resources for educators
Educational resources to help students and teachers understand and appreciate philosophical concepts.
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The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
This sea turtle sanctuary is committed to the care and release of sick and injured sea turtles.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Report bullying
In LGBTQIA Resources for Educators, page 4.7
Administrators and Student Resource Officers (SROs) will want as many details as possible so that their accusation against your bully will be as accurate as possible. Some bullying is actually a crime, and the SRO can assist you with filing a criminal complaint....
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By Kathy Staley.
Old Wilkes Walking Tour
Touring Old Wilkesboro gives students insight into the town's past. Historic refurbished buildings with authentic artifacts show what life in Wilkesboro was like from the 1700s to the present.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Managing paperwork: top priorities for organization
Suggestions for keeping track of your teaching materials, your students, and their work.
By Mitch Katz.
Integrating the internet into the Curriculum: Eric Carle author study
Eleven different activities focusing on books by author/illustrator Eric Carle will be used to integrate the curriculum. Each activity will take about 30 minutes with a class multimedia presentation created at the conclusion.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Computer/Technology Skills, English Language Arts, and Information Skills)
By Barb Thorson.
Homegrown Handmade
Culture and agriculture come together on these unique “agri-cultural” trails which can be found in 72 North Carolina counties.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Using a classroom webpage to communicate with parents
Kathleen Eveleigh keeps her parents involved in her first-grade classroom by integrating a classroom webpage with her daily instruction.
Format: article
By Sydney Brown.
Geography centers
A geography unit in which students investigate and compare their hometowns and other cities. The unit incorporates nine centers: math, science, social studies, reading, writing, computers, puzzles and games, art, and listening. They all have activities that are integrated with the geography unit.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Visual Arts Education and Social Studies)
By Laurie Perry.
Election 2008
Educational resources to help students and teachers understand the 2008 elections.
Format: (multiple pages)
Battleship North Carolina
Uses a variety of formats including oral histories, video footage, and zoomable images to cover the history of the USS North Carolina and other naval vessels afloat during WWII.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Zeke's Island North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve
Part of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve, Zeke's Island has interpreter led field trips which focus on the importance of estuaries to the North Carolina coast.
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Obtaining permission for copyrighted materials
In Web Publishing & Collaboration Guide, page 3.5
If your desired use of a copyrighted work does not fall under fair use and the work is not licensed for public use, you must ask permission before using it. Be sure to think through carefully what...
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By David Walbert.
Sappony Spring Festival
Take part in the annual Sappony Spring Festival and learn about this North Carolina Indian tribe while enjoying the festivities.
Format: article/field trip opportunity