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Carolina Online Teacher Program (COLT)
LEARN NC’s Carolina Online Teacher (COLT) program prepares participants to be online instructors, and receive certification to instruct LEARN NC courses.
Format: article/online course
Facilitating Online Collaboration: Online course syllabus
Syllabus for the course Facilitating Online Collaboration which helps teachers develop strategies and practice the skills required to facilitate good online communication, moderate online discussion, and promote better accomplishment of instructional goals within the virtual classroom.
Format: syllabus
Guidelines for being a good online learner
The elements that ensure success in an online learning environment are slightly different than those in a traditional classroom. These guidelines will help ensure your success as an online learner.
Format: article/help
Arts at the core: Making standards work
This online professional development course helps participants understand how to create lesson plans that include embedded standards in the Fine Arts curriculum.
Format: article/online course
Blended learning
Blended learning is a student-centered approach that integrates learning experiences in online and face-to-face environments. This article defines blended learning, discusses its history, and provides suggestions for creating an effective blended learning experience.
Format: article
By Bobby Hobgood, Ed.D..
iReach all learners with iPads: How to utilize the iPad to meet the needs of LD students
This online professional development course helps teachers develop iPad skills that help empower students with learning disabilities in the classroom.
Format: article/online course
The Declaration of Independence
In Where English and history meet: A collaboration guide, page 5
In this interdisciplinary lesson, students will examine the role of the Declaration of Independence in the development of the American Revolution and as part of the American identity. They will also analyze the argumentative structure and write their own declaration.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Karen Cobb Carroll, Ph.D., NBCT.
Promoting reading comprehension skills in the middle school classroom
Teach your students the concrete reading strategies they'll need to improve their comprehension, whether they're reading for class, for work, or for pleasure. This course will help you prepare students to become active, purposeful readers who think about the text before, during, and after reading.
Format: article/online course
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.
Building and maintaining an online professional learning community
Many schools have moved away from one-time workshops and toward the more sustained approach of professional learning communities. But finding the time for all PLC members to collaborate can be difficult. This article offers suggestions for using online tools to make PLCs run more smoothly and effectively.
Format: article/best practice
By Jayme Linton.
Topics in Education
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 1.1
Building a Firm Foundation New Teacher Support Essays on Kristi Johnson Smith’s...
Format: article/teacher's guide
Topics in Education
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 2.1
Building a Firm Foundation New Teacher Support Essays on Kristi Johnson Smith’s...
Format: article/teacher's guide
Topics in Education
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 3.1
Building a Firm Foundation New Teacher Support Essays on Kristi Johnson Smith’s...
Format: article/teacher's guide
Topics in Education
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 4.1
Building a Firm Foundation New Teacher Support Essays on Kristi Johnson Smith’s...
Format: article/learner's guide
AOWS6: Revolution, reaction, reform: Industrialization creates a modern world
This online professional development course takes the concept of revolution away from war and links it to a major change in society using the late 19th and early 20th century Industrial Revolution and following Progressive Era.
Format: article/online course
Family History in the Classroom
In this enhanced digital textbook, nine educators share how they used family history in their classrooms to increase engagement and build empathy.
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.
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.
Changes in a democratic society (Lesson 3 of 3)
This lesson is a follow-up to Changes in a Democratic Society, Lessons 1 and 2. Students will reflect upon and respond to a sculpture by Auguste Rodin, "Monument for the Defense of Paris." Permission has been granted by Ackland Art Museum to use the following sculptures: "Monument for the Defense of Paris" (Auguste Rodin) and "Wisdom Supporting Liberty" (Aime-Jules Dalou).
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Social Studies)
By Karen Wagoner.
Response to Intervention (RTI)
Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tiered model designed to combine assessment and intervention to maximize student behavior. With RTI, schools identify students who may be at risk for learning or behavior difficulties and monitor progress. The Council...
Format: article
By Jennifer Job.