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.

Communicating information and ideas: a philosophy of writing
In Writing for the Web, page 2
Many kinds of writing can be adapted for the web, but it's important to know what you're trying to communicate.
By David Walbert.
Concept maps: an introduction
Using concept maps can help students make connections among subject areas. This article explains how teachers can use concept maps effectively and provides links to tools for creating them online.
Format: article
By Bobby Hobgood, Ed.D..
Finding your audience: a primer
In Writing for the Web, page 3
Before you sit down to write something, ask yourself some questions about the people who will read it.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Finding, not searching
You can work smarter, not harder, by determining your searching style, learning more about what your searches return and why, and learning to look in the right place first.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.
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.
Jump start your creativity: question yourself!
A short webliography of tools to help you ask good questions.
Format: article
By Bobby Hobgood, Ed.D..
Saying "yes" instead of "no"
Fair Use Guidelines make room for students and teachers to use copyrighted material in multimedia presentations.
Format: article
By Connie Bakker.
Tools of the trade for information seekers
A guide to understanding and using search engines, directories, and the invisible web.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.
Why did you send me a virus?
A primer on viruses, worms, and how to protect yourself on the Internet.
Format: article
By Ross White.
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.
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)
Writing workshops with Microsoft Word
Microsoft Word's reviewing functions enhance communication as students revise drafts of their writing projects.
Format: article
By David Ansbacher.

Resources on the web

Describes and explains ways you can utilize blogs in your teaching and provides free weblogs for educators. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Incsub
George Lucas Educational Foundation's Edutopia
The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF) is a nonprofit working to highlight the most innovative models of K-12 teaching and learning in the Digital Age. A Web-based multimedia resource center, this site provides hundreds of powerful examples of learning... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF)
Journal of Educations Technology and Society
A quarterly journal with articles regarding the issues that face administrators and educators. Topics encompass educational system design, integration of technology, and educational technology systems. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: International Forum of Educational Technology & Society
Multimedia & Internet @ Schools
A collection of reviews and information on resources for integrating technology into the K-12 classroom. (Learn more)
Format: website/general