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Important Announcement about Online Courses and LEARN NC.

Important Message about LEARN NC

LEARN NC is evaluating its role in the current online education environment as it relates directly to the mission of UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education (UNC-CH SOE). We plan to look at our ability to facilitate the transmission of the best research coming out of UNC-CH SOE and other campus partners to support classroom teachers across North Carolina. We will begin by evaluating our existing faculty and student involvement with various NC public schools to determine what might be useful to share with you.

Don’t worry! The lesson plans, articles, and textbooks you use and love aren’t going away. They are simply being moved into the new LEARN NC Digital Archive. While we are moving away from a focus on publishing, we know it’s important that educators have access to these kinds of resources. These resources will be preserved on our website for the foreseeable future. That said, we’re directing our resources into our newest efforts, so we won’t be adding to the archive or updating its contents. This means that as the North Carolina Standard Course of Study changes in the future, we won’t be re-aligning resources. Our full-text and tag searches should make it possible for you to find exactly what you need, regardless of standards alignment.

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Copyright: A primer
Includes most of the text of our reference articles on copyright and fair use, plus a section on Creative Commons. Topics covered include copyright law, limitations and exceptions to copyright...
Format: document/article
Works available for use
In Web Publishing & Collaboration Guide, page 3.4
Many works, copyrighted or not, are available to the public for various kinds of use, including republication and distribution. The public domain The public domain comprises works...
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Web Publishing & Collaboration Guide
LEARN NC works collaboratively with educators and other individuals from a variety of backgrounds to develop web-based resources for teachers and students. This manual guides educators through the process of developing content for publication on the web, including writing, design, technical guidelines, and copyright.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Citing sources
A guide for high school students to citing sources from print and the web.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.
LEARN NC: Terms of Use
LEARN NC makes available its articles, lesson plans, and other original education resources free of charge via the World Wide Web to educators and students worldwide. These policies explain the terms of use that apply to all content published by LEARN NC.
Format: article/help
In Math Common Core resources, page 1.3
Five state-managed assessment consortia were awarded grants by the U. S. Department of Education in 2010 and 2011. The two Comprehensive Assessment consortia, two Alternative Assessment consortia, and one English Proficiency Assessment consortium are currently...
Format: bibliography
By Kay Middleton.
Copyright for educators
Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States to the authors of "original works of authorship," including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This article explains copyright and U.S. copyright law primarily with respect to education.
Format: article
Using the multimedia library
Guidelines and instructions on finding and using images, audio, and video in the LEARN NC multimedia library.
Format: article/help
Blue Ridge Parkway construction: Effect on communities
In Driving through time: The digital Blue Ridge Parkway, page 2.6
This is the sixth lesson in the Competing Routes unit. This lesson is designed to get students thinking critically about the reactions of members of communities affected by the routing of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the reasons behind those perspectives. Students will analyze a variety of viewpoints, photographs, and documents to gain an understanding of the impact of the Parkway routing for different members of these communities. Then they will select one community member (real or imagined) and write a newspaper editorial from their point of view about the Parkway's routing.
Format: lesson plan
By Katy Vance.
Urban renewal and the displacement of communities
In Recent North Carolina, page 2.6
Oral history interview about the impact of urban renewal in Charlotte, North Carolina. Includes historical background and information about urban renewal.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Professional development
In Math Common Core resources, page 2.1
Resources Teaching Channel — Common Core State Standards for Math This video from Teaching Channel is an introduction to the Common Core...
Format: bibliography
By Kay Middleton.
Digital literature
Electronic books offer numerous benefits: They're usually searchable, they can be made instantly accessible to the visually impaired, they're often free, and, perhaps best of all, they're accessible right now. This list compiles some of the best sources for finding great works of literature on the Web.
Format: bibliography/help
Cane Creek Reservoir
In Recent North Carolina, page 4.6
Excerpts from an oral history interview about the battle to prevent construction of a reservoir in Orange County, North Carolina, in the 1970s and 1980s. Includes historical background.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Routing Little Switzerland
In Driving through time: The digital Blue Ridge Parkway, page 3.2
This is the first lesson in the Battle Over Little Switzerland unit. In this lesson, students become familiar with the timeline for the case of the North Carolina State Highway Commission vs. the Little Switzerland Company as well as the routing plans for the Blue Ridge Parkway and ownership issues surrounding this area.
Format: lesson plan
By Katy Vance.
Reform and a new era
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 2.1
Brief history of the Progressive Era in the United States, including the administrations and reforms of presidents Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson.
Format: article
George White speaks out on lynchings
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 5.4
Excerpt of a speech by U.S. Representative George Henry White of North Carolina denouncing mob violence against African Americans in the South. Includes historical background and commentary.
Format: speech/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
The Knights of Labor
In North Carolina in the New South, page 3.10
Excerpt from the 1878 Platform of the Knights of Labor, an early labor union. Includes historical commentary.
Format: declaration/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert.
Solving problems using simple machines
This lesson uses the familiar story of the three pigs and the big bad wolf to explore how the wolf could have used simple machines to catch the three pigs. By reading, analyzing, and evaluating the wolf's use of simple machines in The 3 Pigs and the Scientific Wolf by Mary Fetzer, the students will design and justify their own machine to help the wolf catch those pigs!
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 English Language Arts, English Language Development, and Science)
By Allison Buckner and Maria Tanner.
The Missing Revolution: K–12 Education should unleash the genius of the web. Why hasn’t it?
James Boyle, William Neal Reynolds Professor of Law and co-founder of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain, Duke University Law School, and founding board member of Creative Commons, spoke at LEARN NC's Tenth Anniversary Conference in October 2006...
Format: video
Showcase your skills with an electronic teaching portfolio
This article shares tips and instructions for creating an electronic teaching portfolio using Google Sites.
Format: article/best practice
By Gretchen Schaefer.