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.

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I’m on a diet and proud of it: Nutrition through math and science
In this unit, students will be involved in hands-on, inquiry activities that integrate various subject areas in order to learn and apply concepts of food chemistry and nutrition.
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.
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)
Keep parents in the loop with a class website
This article discusses the process of creating a website to keep your students' parents apprised of what's happening in your classroom. The author discusses a variety of tools, including blogs, wikis, Google sites, and paid hosting websites, and suggests elements to include in a useful website.
Format: article/best practice
By Rebeccah Haines.
Learning on the go: The new age of handheld devices
Handheld devices open up a world of possibilities for the classroom. This article looks at types of handheld devices and discusses the benefits and challenges in teaching with them.
Format: article/best practice
By Jennifer Job.
Reading newspapers: Reader contributions
In Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History, page 2.4
A learner's guide to reading letters to the editor and other reader contributions in historical newspapers.
Format: article/learner's guide
By Kathryn Walbert.
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
Keeping students digitally safe
Interactive web applications offer a variety of ways for students to share their work with teachers, classmates, and the world. This article suggests best practices for keeping students' identities safe while using these tools.
Format: article
By Bill Ferriter.
What is nutrition?
In I’m on a diet and proud of it: Nutrition through math and science, page 10
Students use all they’ve learned and experienced throughout the I'm On a Diet and Proud of It unit to choose and complete an assessment option that will immerse them in food chemistry and nutrition careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Computer/Technology Skills, English Language Arts, Guidance, Healthful Living, and Science)
By Karina Colón.
Inclusion in the 21st-century classroom: Differentiating with technology
In Reaching every learner: Differentiating instruction in theory and practice, page 7
While most teachers recognize the need to differentiate instruction, many face barriers in implementation. These barriers include lack of time to prepare lessons, the need to cover a wide range of content in a small amount of time, and extensive classroom management needs. This article advocates for using technology as a means to overcome some of these barriers.
Format: article/best practice
By Bobby Hobgood, Ed.D. and Lauren Ormsby.
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.

Resources on the web

Classroom Learning 2.0
This site provides a tutorial designed to help familiarize educators with various Internet tools. In the tutorial, there are 23 “Things” to complete, with each Thing showing you one more web tool. Each week of the tutorial begins with a brief explanation... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: California School Library Association
Encyclopedia of Educational Technology
This resource hosts short articles describing successful strategies for incorporating technology in the classroom and through other educational interactions.If you've ever wondered what a podcast is, how to create one, or why you would...look no... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: San Diego State University, Department of Instructional Technology
Joyce Valenza's Homepage
As a media specialist, Joyce Valenza uses a dazzling array of technologies and strategies to improve the education of all students in her school. Such an array can be more than a bit overwhelming at first glance, but don't worry. This site is easy to navigate,... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: Joyce Valenza