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:

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.

LEARN NC to present at NCSLMA 2013

Come to these great concurrent sessions designed especially for North Carolina School Library Media Coordinators at the NCSLMA Annual Conference October 4-5, 2013.

Banned Books Prevention: Defending Your Collection — Friday, October 4, 2013 at 2:30 – 3:20 pm in North Main F
When facing an angry parent or community member, it can be difficult to explain why a particular work belongs in your collection. A good reconsideration policy provides procedural guidance but might not help you justify inclusion. In this discussion, explore tools for defending materials in your collection, including legal protections.
Kimberly Hirsh, Managing Editor, LEARN NC
William Cross, Director, Copyright and Digital Scholarship, North Carolina State University
Boost Your Professional Growth with LEARN NC — Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 10:00 – 10:50 am in Conference Room 5,6,7
The new standards and evaluation process gives school librarians the opportunity to take control of their own professional growth. In this demonstration/discussion session, learn how LEARN NC resources address specific elements of the new evaluation rubric and share your needs so LEARN NC can better
support you.
Lesley Richardson, Media and Web Librarian, LEARN NC
Kimberly Hirsh, Managing Editor, LEARN NC
Using Copyrighted Works: What You Can Do — Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 12:00 – 12:50 pm in Ardmore II
Too often discussion of copyright focuses on the limitations that teachers and librarians face, leaving them frustrated and uncertain about what they can share with their students and colleagues. In this discussion, explore examples of copyright exceptions allowing teachers and librarians to use copyrighted works without seeking permission.
Kimberly Hirsh, Managing Editor LEARN NC
William Cross, Director, Copyright and Digital Scholarship, North Carolina State University

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.

7th annual Take A Child Outside Week, Sept. 24-30

Take A Child Outside Week, a national initiative spearheaded by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, kicks off Tuesday, September 24 and runs through Monday, September 30. Designed to help break down obstacles that keep children from exploring the natural world, the program encourages children and adults to spend time together outdoors. It was inspired by Richard Louv’s book Last Child in the Woods, which identifies the benefits of outdoor experiences for children and addresses some of the problems of what he terms “Nature Deficit Disorder,” such as increased feelings of stress, trouble paying attention and feelings of being disconnected from the world.

On the Take A Child Outside website, adults are encouraged to make a pledge to take a child outside during the week and chart their location on a digital map. The website also offers a link to interesting outdoor activities, a list of participating organizations in your area, and a portal for partner organizations to post information and add links to their website. “Free time in nature has been shown to improve every area of a child’s life, from having healthier, stronger bodies, to being more successful in school, to having better relationships in their community,” says Liz Baird, director of education for the Museum and the program’s founder. “Time outside every day should be part of your regular routine.”

Currently, all 50 US states and four foreign countries actively participate in Take A Child Outside Week. More than 400 organizations participate nationwide, including North Carolina State Parks and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Examples of Take A Child Outside activities are:

  • Make a Date with the Moon – A monthly journey outside to look at the full moon.
  • Spritzing spider webs – Discover the architecture behind spider webs by using spritz bottles.
  • Leaf number search – Find and identify leaves with one to ten points and beyond.
  • Shadow search – Use chalk to trace a shadow on the sidewalk, come back later to see how the shadow has moved and learn why.
  • Animal tracks – Locate animal tracks in the dirt and cast them in plaster.
  • Outdoor sculpture – Follow sculptor Andy Goldsworthy’s lead and create sculptures using only tools found in nature.
  • Shape search – Find common shapes (square, circle, triangle etc.) in nature.
  • Color search – Identify colors of the rainbow found in nature.
  • Bird song – Listen for a bird call and attempt your own imitation.

In celebration of the seventh annual Take A Child Outside week, the Museum’s Prairie Ridge Ecostation will highlight the importance of outdoor play for children of all ages by unveiling Nature PlaySpace, a learning environment designed for younger children to explore the outdoors using natural materials. Take A Child Outside activities at Prairie Ridge begin at 10:00 a.m. with nature crafts and story time, and continue with a 10:30 ladybug hunt. At 11:00, Prairie Ridge educators will unveil the new Nature PlaySpace with a vine-cutting ceremony and refreshments. After the vine cutting, the fun continues with exciting nature activities throughout the grounds until 1:00pm.

Dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes. For more information contact Cathy Fergen at cathy.fergen@naturalsciences.org or 919.707.8878.

The Nature Playspace is made possible in part by PNC Grow Up Great.

For more information or to join us as a partner please e-mail liz.baird@naturalsciences.org or call 919-707-9893.

LEARN NC Webinar: Common Core Math, Grades K-5

Many teachers struggle with the transition to the Common Core standards. In this webinar, Dr. Kay Ringer, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at East Carolina University, will share resources and strategies for understanding, implementing, and communicating with administrators and parents about the Common Core Math Standards. She will address the relationship between standards across the grades and the use of critical areas as tools to focus instruction.

The session will be online in Blackboard Collaborate on Friday, September 27, 2013, at 3:30 pm.

To register, visit: http://tinyurl.com/nc3he9a. Please register even if you will be unable to attend the event. Registrants will receive an email with information about the recorded session after the event has ended.

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.

Mapping Local Knowledge: Danville, Va., 1963

Danville Public Libary is hosting a new exhibit and presentation titled “Mapping Local Knowledge: Danville, Va., 1963 — The Movement, The People, The Stories” which examines the 1963 civil rights movement in Danville through the perspectives of ten participants. The presentation begins at 5:30pm on July 11, 2013. The exhibit runs from July 1-31, 2013. Audience members are allowed to share their photos and stories of their experiences during this time in history. For more information call Diane Moore at 434-799-5195, ext. 3.

Register now for “Carolina Voices” – August 13-14, 2013

North Carolina history teachers are invited to join the NC Civic Education Consortium and the NC Museum of History for two exciting days exploring the distinct character and rich cultural heritage of the Tar Heel State. Throughout this two day event, attending teachers will explore the history of groups such as Native Americans, African Americans, and Latinos in our state, as well as examine the regional and social diversity that makes North Carolina so unique.

Participants will broaden their content knowledge during presentations from scholars from area universities, interacting with field experts on topics ranging from the dialects and languages of North Carolina (from Outer Banks Hoi Toider speech to the Smoky Mountains Highland speech), to the history and heritage of enslaved Africans and African Americans and their foodways, to how immigration is changing the face of North Carolina, and so much more!

Participants will also spend time touring “The Story of North Carolina,” the NC History Museum’s acclaimed exhibit that traces life in North Carolina from its earliest inhabitants through the 20th century. More than 14,000 years of the state’s history unfold through fascinating artifacts, multimedia presentations, dioramas, and hands-on interactive components.

Teachers will also participate in and receive sample lesson plans on the topics and themes covered throughout the two days, designed for easy implementation in 8th grade social studies, as well as dialogue with one another regarding ideas, resources and best practices for teaching North Carolina history.

In addition, teachers will learn about the wealth of resources available to them for teaching about North Carolina’s past and present from organizations such as LEARN NC and the NC Department of Cultural Resources (including the State Library, the Archives, NC State Historic Sites, National History Day, and the Freedom Roads project.)

For more information and to register for this exciting event, please visit the Program in the Humanities upcoming trainings page from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill College of Arts and Sciences.