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
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.
Map skills and higher-order thinking
This series of articles looks at map skills as a kind of visual literacy, considering what maps are, how they're made, and the higher-order thinking skills students need to move from simply decoding maps to fully comprehending them.
Format: series (multiple pages)
How do special education students benefit from technology?
Students with disabilities can benefit greatly by using technology in the classroom. This article examines the use of assistive technologies with special education students.
Format: article
By Kris Zorigian and Jennifer Job.
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
Beyond blended learning: Reaching every student
This archived presentation from the 2010 NCTIES conference explores the theory and application of blended learning and offers ten ways to improve teaching using a blended approach.
Format: presentation/best practice
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
Weather conditions database
Students will search and sort various fields of a given database file.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 )
By DPI Integration Strategies.
Slice it! Rotate it!: Volumes of revolution
The students will first view the animated slicing and rotating of various area about the x-axis or about different lines at internet sites. Then the student will complete a lab experience in which various food items will be examined as to what planar region created them.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Mathematics)
By Sharon Whitted.
Reaching every learner: Differentiating instruction in theory and practice
This series of articles, which balance theory, research, and practice, address a variety of topics within differentiation through text, graphics, and video.
Format: series (multiple pages)
The Negro Leagues : The people, places and experiences of Black baseball
In The Walking Classroom, page 3
In this lesson for fifth grade language arts, students listen to a podcast about the Negro Baseball Leagues and learn the impact they had on baseball and American history.
Format: lesson plan
Welcome to my world!: Developing a personal narrative timeline
Students will create digital, narrative, and drawn versions of a timeline of at least five events of their life.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 English Language Arts)
By DPI Integration Strategies.
Using technology to differentiate by learning environment
Classroom footage and interviews with educators illustrate a variety of ways to differentiate by learning environment using technology. This video is one in a five-part series about integrating technology into differentiated instruction. The other videos include:...
Format: video/video
iPadagogy: Teaching and learning with iPads
UNC School of Education professor Janice Anderson is leading a team of education graduate students in examining how teachers are integrating iPad technology into their daily classroom practice. Using a design-based research methodology, the iPadagogy research...
By Janice Anderson.
Integrated unit on South America
This lesson includes information concerning database operations, word processing, desktop publishing, and spreadsheet formatting. Students will solve math problems.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Computer/Technology Skills, English Language Development, Mathematics, and Social Studies)
By DPI Integration Strategies.
Commemorative landscapes
These lessons for elementary, middle, and high school were developed in collaboration with The University of North Carolina Library Commemorative Landscapes project to introduce and promote student understanding and writing of North Carolina’s history through commemorative sites, landscapes, and markers.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
How can I make sure I'm getting what I need?
In I’m on a diet and proud of it: Nutrition through math and science, page 9
Through mathematics and technology integration, students will further understand what it means to have a balanced diet, as well as explore the causes and effects of healthy and unhealthy eating habits, and eating in moderation.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Computer/Technology Skills, Healthful Living, Mathematics, and Science)
By Karina Colón.
Local authors database
Search through more than 200 authors in 15 minutes to answer specific questions. Add records and fields to an incomplete database.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Computer/Technology Skills)
By DPI Integration Strategies.
Using technology to differentiate by content
Classroom footage and interviews with educators illustrate a variety of ways to differentiate by content using technology. This video is one in a five-part series about integrating technology into differentiated instruction. The other videos include: ...
Format: video/video