K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education


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Writing for the Web
How teachers can more effectively communicate information and ideas via the World Wide Web, to students, parents, colleagues, administrators, and the world.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Training for online course instructors and developers
LEARN NC offers online Moodle training for course instructors and developers.
Format: article/help
Creating and using meaningful rubrics
This course will help you use your own content knowledge and the wealth of information available about assessment to create, analyze, and critique rubrics.
Format: article/online course
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
Designing a virtual field trip
Use internet resources to design a "virtual field trip" for your students. In this online course, you’ll study strategies and resources to create effective and engaging learning experiences for your students that are aligned to state and national standards.
Format: article/online course
Innovate to transform the classroom with Web 2.0 tools
Students will learn to integrate technologies such as Web 2.0 tools and mobile learning devices to create engaging learning experiences for your students
Format: article/online course
Writing for the web
In Writing for the Web, page 1
Why teachers need to think about how they communicate on the web.
By David Walbert.
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..
AOWS8: Not your grandfathers’ wars: Teaching WWI & WWII to 21st Century learners
This course will explore some of the best resources available for learning and teaching about World War I and World War II and provide teachers with the opportunity to create and share ideas for classroom instruction.
Format: article/online course
Teach an online course in your school
This document explains how to teach an online course on LEARN NC's Moodle server.
Format: article/help
World War I Memorials
In this online course we study America's efforts to memorialize and mourn over 116,000 men and women who lost their lives while serving their country during World War I. We analyze local war memorials in cities and counties throughout America; then we turn to the design and function of military memorials that were erected on-site, at battlefields and cemeteries, in France and Belgium along the western front. By the end of the course you will understand the social and political context of commemoration and the role that physical memorials play in America's efforts to remember World War 1.
Format: article/online course
Interior Design Project
Within this lesson, students will role play the job of an interior designer.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–12 )
By Shannon Braxton.
Lesson planning for English Language Learners using the WIDA/ELP Standards
This course provides ESL and regular K-12 classroom teachers an opportunity to plan lessons using the new NC Standard Course of Study for Limited English Proficient students known as the WIDA/ELP Standards.
Format: article/online course
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..
Webquest: Building an historic district
In North Carolina maps, page 2.3
In this lessons, students complete a webquest that includes having them view and analyze maps to recreate a historic district in North Carolina. Throughout this process, students think about how towns change over time and how technology impacts the way we live.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Jennifer Job.
Algebraic thinking in elementary school
This online course will enable participants to learn how to include opportunities in the upper elementary curriculum for children to think about basic algebraic concepts, and to appreciate the importance of algebraic thinking.
Format: article/online course
Using artifacts as a bridge to the past
In this online course presented by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, teachers learn artifact analysis as an instructional tool for their classrooms. Teachers will write a lesson plan centered around artifact analysis of an object that relates to a period in history.
Format: article/online course
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.
Reading picture books: resources for teachers
Illustrations, picturebook finding aids, and great picture book websites.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.
Investigative science for middle school teachers
The online course "Investigative Science for Middle School Teachers" requires participants to think about the scientific process and how it applies to teaching science in the middle school classroom.
Format: article/online course