iPad digital storytelling workshop

Every community has a memory of itself. A living memory, an awareness of a collective identity woven of a thousand stories.

LEARN NC and the Center for Digital Storytelling are co-hosting an iPad digital storytelling workshop from March 27-29, 2014 at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. This immersive workshop will focus on the strategies and technologies of creating a digital narrative with a special emphasis on classroom application.

This hands-on workshop supports participants as they create powerful first-person narratives by harnessing the audio and visual digital capabilities of the iPad. The workshop is an exciting introduction into the experience of writing for multimedia and developing visual narratives that enhance the communication value of the story. The workshop process includes an introduction to the “Seven Steps of Digital Storytelling,” participation in a story circle, script writing and recording, and using the photo and video editing features of the iPad to integrate images and audio. Digital stories are completed during the workshop. As they finish their digital stories, participants move into the second component of the workshop, in which we explore implementation issues. Strategies for managing the creation of digital stories in K-12 classrooms are presented and discussed.

Each participant receives a digital packet of classroom resources for digital storytelling projects, including a software guide and a sample assessment rubric. iPads will also be available for use. Continuing Education Credits are available through LEARN NC.

Deadline for registration is March 14, 2014. You can also find more information here:

Walter Horace Carter and the KKK uprising — New curriculum materials

The North Carolina Civic Education Consortium and the Center for the Study of the American South have created curriculum materials that tell the story of Walter Horace Carter, Pulitzer Prize winning newspaperman from Tabor City, North Carolina, who stood up to the Ku Klux Klan during a tumultuous two year uprising from 1950-1951. A PDF titled The Editor and the Dragon provides photographs, a political cartoon, and a newspaper article, to be used with the lesson.

These free curriculum materials were created around the documentary film “The Editor and The Dragon: How Horace Carter Fought the KKK in North Carolina.” More information about Horace Carter can be found at The Editor and the Dragon. Educators will find biographical information about Horace Carter, his editorials, a timeline of events, information about the KKK in North and South Carolina, and more. To request a complimentary copy of the documentary, write to csas@unc.edu .

World View: Global Education Symposium — October 23-24, 2013

As World View’s two-day K-12 Global Education Symposium 2013: Population and Global Migration approaches, the World View staff is excitedly preparing for up to 400 North Carolina educators to learn about how to incorporate global education into their classrooms. Julie Marantette Kinnaird, Assistant Director for Outreach and Katharine Robinson, Assistant Director for Curriculum, hope that teachers will walk away with an increased comfort to introduce global issues within their own capacity. As their content-based global knowledge expands, they will learn best practices for implementing this global knowledge for all content area and grade levels. Participants will forge new connections through sessions, exhibits, the university, and one another, as well as the World View website and staff.

While you are at the Symposium, please visit LEARN NC’s concurrent session “Explore the World in Your Classroom with LEARN NC” on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 2:45pm. Attendees will learn strategies not only for teaching students about world cultures, but also for including students from global cultures in their own classrooms.

There is still time to register for the symposium. Even if you can’t make it, please reach out to World View for more information on how to bring global awareness into your classroom.

Nourishing the Teacher retreat

In this one-day workshop to be held on Saturday, October 19, 2013, participants will learn some simple tools designed to help them reconnect to themselves and reclaim their heart and passion for teaching. Explore practices such as meditation and mindfulness, breath awareness, and movement and learn how to create a process of safe, shared exploration where you can nurture personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it. You will be able to integrate these practices in your classroom immediately.

Come join Sharon Nash, educator and facilitator, for a day of nourishing inner stillness, outward fun, heart-opening laughter and an experience that is good for your innermost being!

The retreat will be at the Timberlake Earth Sanctuary in Whitsett, North Carolina (between Greensboro & Burlington) on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 9:30am – 5:30pm. The cost for the retreat is $65.00 and space is limited to the first twenty registrants.

To register, email Sharon Nash or call (919) 410-6274.

The history & legacy of the Civil Rights Movement

North Carolina’s social studies teachers are invited to join the NC Civic Education Consortium and Playmakers Repertory Company for two engaging days exploring the rich history of the American Civil Rights Movement. Teachers will return to the role of students themselves as University scholars trace the history of the Movement from the 1930s up to today, considering the civil rights struggle within the broader sweep of American history and exploring what the enduring significance of this movement is for all of us.

Participants will also attend Playmakers Repertory’s production of The Mountaintop which imagines Martin Luther King’s last night at the Lorraine Motel. The powerful and heartbreaking tale will allow teachers to explore King the man, an ordinary individual who achieved the extraordinary, and helped us change the way we look at each other as human beings.

In addition, teachers will participate in and receive sample lesson plans on the topics and themes covered throughout the two days, designed for easy implementation in the middle and high school classroom, as well as dialogue with one another regarding ideas, resources and best practices for teaching this complex history. For those who cover civil rights and African American history in their classrooms, this two day event is not to be missed!

Participants will receive:

  • 1.5 renewal credits.
  • access to historical experts.
  • lesson plans and pedagogical training from the NC Civic Education Consortium.
  • admittance into “The Mountaintop” at Playmakers Repertory Theatre.
  • dinner on Friday; breakfast and lunch on Saturday.
  • single occupancy hotel accommodations Friday night for participants residing more than 90 round-trip miles from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Additional details and the registration form are available on the Consortium’s website.

Primarily North Carolina: Fall Open House and Workshop

Let the North Carolina Museum of History help you incorporate primary sources into your lessons with the Primarily North Carolina fall open house and workshop on Thursday, September 19, 2013 from 4:30-7:30p.m. Join them for a bite to eat, lesson demonstrations, and break-out sessions designed to help you discover the What, Why, and How of the museum’s resources for classrooms—all for free! While you’re there, explore The Story of North Carolina exhibit and History in Every Direction: Tar Heel Junior Historian Association Discovery Gallery, along with information booths from other resource groups. Certificates documenting contact hours will be given at completion of the workshop.

To register, fill out the registration form or call 919-807-7982 with questions.

NC Museum of History announces a Civil War textile conservation webcast

Join the North Carolina Museum of History for a free live webcast on September 10, 2013 from 6:00 – 7:00PM. Participants will get a behind-the-scenes look at a working textile conservation lab and see some of the techniques used to conserve Civil War uniforms. Conservator Paige Myers will explain the challenges of preserving these delicate textiles. Some of the highlights of the program are:

  • Treatments used to preserve the blood-stained frock coat of Lt. Col. Thomas H. Ruffin of Franklin County
  • Conservation of a moth-eaten frock coat of Col. Dennis D. Ferebee of Camden County
  • Discussion of the treatments used to preserve Civil War-era fabrics and uniforms
  • Time to ask questions about textile conservation with Ms. Myers.

Participants will need to fill out a registration form. An Internet connection is all that is needed to join the webcast.

This is the first program in a series from the Connecting to Collections Project (C2C) of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, in cooperation with the North Carolina Museum of History. Future programs will examine the conservation of flags and garments from civilian life during the Civil War. The entire series is made possible thanks to a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Center for Digital Storytelling workshop — October 10-12, 2013

Every community has a memory of itself. A living memory, an awareness of a collective identity woven of a thousand stories.

LEARN NC and the Center for Digital Storytelling are co-hosting a Digital Storytelling Workshop from October 10-12, 2013 at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. This immersive workshop will focus on the strategies and technologies of creating a digital narrative with a special emphasis on classroom application.

Based in Berkeley, California, the Center for Digital Storytelling is a non-profit training, project development, and research organization dedicated to assisting people in using digital media to tell meaningful stories from their lives. Many individuals and communities have used the term “digital storytelling” to describe a wide variety of new media production practices. What best describes our approach is its emphasis on personal voice and facilitative teaching methods. Our focus is on developing large-scale projects for community, educational, and business institutions through the methods and principles of the Digital Storytelling Workshop.

The workshop requires that participants have basic word processing skills, Internet research skills, the ability to send email with attachments, and rudimentary knowledge of a computer directory system.

Continuing Education Credits are available through Dominican University of California (two CEUs) or University of Colorado.

The deadline for registration is September 30, 2013. For more information and to register, please visit the Center for Digital Storytelling workshop website. For questions, please send email to stefani@storycenter.org.

2013 Teacher Inspiration & Resources Fair

Join elementary teachers from all over the Triangle at the Walltown Park Recreation Center in Durham, North Carolina on Sunday, August 18 from 2:00 – 6:00pm for the Creative Freedom Awards’ 2013 Teacher Inspiration and Resources Fair. LEARN NC is proud to be part of this fair which is free to all elementary school teachers in the Research Triangle area!

Teachers will receive Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards aligned instruction ideas and ready-to-use resources, a gift bag of classroom supplies, and learn inspiring ways their colleagues are teaching. There will also be drawings for cash prizes and eligibility to win a free trip to the Teacher Institute at Colonial Williamsburg. In addition, Laura Candler, National Board Certified Teachers and Milken Educator Award winner, will be speaking at the Fair.

Creative Freedom Awards is a teacher-led organization based in Durham North Carolina. They “offer a fun, grassroots approach to advancing the practice and profession of teaching.” Their organization is named after the awards they give to elementary school teachers in the Triangle who are doing “creative and inspiring work in their classrooms.”

For more information about this opportunity and to register, please visit the Creative Freedom Awards website.

Frank Porter Graham Institute offers free online courses for early childhood teachers

For the first time, faculty and professional development providers can send learners to free, self-guided, self-paced, online Frank Porter Graham Institute (FPG) courses designed to provide continuing education credit for early childhood teachers. Through a new partnership between FPG’s Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge (CONNECT) and Quality Assist, Inc. (QA), these courses integrate Project CONNECT’s subject matter with QA’s interactive online learning, and the first CONNECT course, “Foundations of Inclusion,” is available now.

The QA CONNECT course topics mirror FPG’s CONNECT modules, which have been popular across the country and around the world since FPG scientists developed them in 2010 for university faculty and professional development providers. The modules use an innovative 5-Step Learning Cycle to focus on research-based practices for teaching and intervening with children with high needs, especially children with disabilities, and have made CONNECT a resource for over 90,000 online users in the last two years alone.

“We received lots of inquiries about offering CEU for CONNECT material,” says Pam Winton, FPG Senior Scientist and Principal Investigator of Project CONNECT. “The Quality Assist CONNECT courses make this possible at a time when many administrators are looking at professional development in the areas we cover.”

The new QA CONNECT course topics include:

  • learning environments that promote high quality inclusion
  • transition practices that support children and families
  • communication that promotes collaboration between professionals and families
  • building trusting partnerships between professionals and families
  • purpose and benefits of assistive technologies
  • tiered instruction
  • dialogic reading

FPG’s Project CONNECT will continue to update its modules to support and complement QA’s new courses.

By emphasizing problem solving and the importance of multiple perspectives and sources of evidence, these courses focus on building early childhood teachers’ capacities to make evidence-based decisions. Like FPG’s CONNECT modules, QA’s CONNECT courses are easily applicable to the needs of multiple audiences and contexts. Each course will include a Knowledge Assessment, an Individualized Action Plan, Parent Notes, and Follow-up Conversation Starters for Directors.

For more information, see Project CONNECT.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Pamela J. Winton, FPG Senior Scientist and Director of Outreach
Principal Investigator of CONNECT: The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge