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.

Technology integration
An introduction to LEARN NC's resources for integrating technology into your teaching.
Format: bibliography
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
Improving your technology utilization
A quick review can help you determine whether your school is making the most of its technology budget.
Format: article
By Chris Hitch.
How a canal works
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 7.3
Canals operate by a series of locks that raise and lower water levels. In this animation, the boat enters the lock from downstream, where the water level is lower. The gate shuts behind it, and water...
Format: animation
Design technology: Children's engineering
This unit includes design technology projects linked to major themes in engineering. All the lessons and activities support national and state standards. They include materials lists, procedures, student data sheets, and assessment strategies. The lessons vary in grade level and can be modified up or down.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
North Carolina Essential Standards: Information and Technology Skills
Format: (multiple pages)
Stamp it here, stamp it there, stamp it where?
Using a drawing program (Kid Pix), students will integrate English Language Arts and Technology Skills as they work with Geometry skills.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Mary Rizzo.
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)
Patterns galore!
Students will create patterns using Kidspiration software.
Format: lesson plan (grade Computer/Technology Skills and Mathematics)
By Michele Tipton.
Graphing with second graders
Second graders will sort M & M's and then enter the data into a spreadsheet in order to create a simple graph.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Computer/Technology Skills and Information Skills)
By DPI Integration Strategies.
That was then, this is now
Students will explore various career topics and study technological changes over last 30 years.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Guidance)
By Cary Lane Cockrell.
Mystery message word processing
Students learn basic word processing skills and eventually reveal a "mystery message."
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Computer/Technology Skills)
By Mary Rizzo.
DESTINY Traveling Science Learning Program
The DESTINY (Delivering Edge-Cutting Science Technology and Internet Across North Carolina for Years to Come) Traveling Science Learning Program is Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s formal science education initiative serving pre-college teachers and students across North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Rice farming and rural life in Vietnam
Photographs and text tell the story of rice and rural life in Southeast Asia, with an emphasis on the highlanders, or Montagnards.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Periodic table database
These lessons are designed to help students use their computer skills to create their own database using teacher directions, and they also learn how to read the periodic table and understand what it means.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Computer/Technology Skills, Information Skills, and Science)
By Florence B. Winslow.
Using symbol and function keys
Students retype sentences in the data file that require the use of shift and Caps Lock (function keys) as well as some symbol keys ($, ?, !, &, ", /). Students must put capital letters at the beginning of some sentences and correct punctuation marks at the end of others.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Computer/Technology Skills and English Language Arts)
By Carolyn Uprichard.
Using virtual worlds to engage gifted learners
In this video, students in a gifted classroom use the multi-user learning environment Quest Atlantis to explore issues related to the creation of a game reserve in Tanzania. Interviews with the teacher and students offer perspectives on the value of using...
Format: video/video
Using technology to differentiate by process
Classroom footage and interviews with educators illustrate a variety of ways to differentiate by process using technology. This video is one in a five-part series about integrating technology into differentiated instruction. The other videos include: ...
Format: video/video
Frosty friends
Students will draw snowmen using various tools in the illustration component of their program. Our students use KidWorks2 by Davidson but others may be used instead. They will then write original stories to accompany their illustrations.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Computer/Technology Skills and English Language Arts)
By Linda Baker.
Favorite restaurant database
Students will be able to show their ability to independently create a database.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Computer/Technology Skills and Information Skills)
By Elizabeth Everitt.