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Peabody Pulse

The Peabody Pulse is a newsletter describing news of the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

New edition of textbook co-authored by Cheryl Bolick published

A new edition of a textbook co-authored by Cheryl Bolick, associate professor and director of research and professional development for outreach, has been published. The textbook, Teaching Social Studies in the Middle and Secondary School (6th edition), is co-authored byCandy Beal. The book is designed to help pre-service and in-service teachers teach social studies, drawing on proven theory, research and lessons learned by experienced teachers. More details about the book are available here.


Sherick Hughes selected to serve as journal guest editor, nominated for award

Associate Professor Sherick Hughes has been selected to serve as an author and guest editor for the September 2013 issue of Race, Ethinicity, and Education (REE).Under the direction of long-term editor David Gillborn, REE is noted as "the leading peer-reviewed journal on racism and race inequality in education." Also, Hughes has been nominated for the AERA Division G early Career Award. Award winners will be announced at the AERA annual conference in April. At the conference, Hughes will lead two special sessions for AERA Division K and AERA Division G. The sessions will highlight the work of critical race studies in education in general and the specific contributions of the late Professor Derrick Bell to the field.


LEARN NC hosting online teaching training session

LEARN NC will host a day-long training on the best practices of online teaching on Feb. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Peabody 02. With a strong emphasis on curriculum design and teaching, the workshop will feature Kathy Walbert, a current LEARN NC instructor, and Leslie Fetzer, the 2012 National Online Teacher of the Year and current faculty member at North Carolina Virtual Public School. Our audience will include in-service educators, university faculty, and educational organization content experts who will be designing new courses for LEARN NC this spring. All School of Education faculty and graduate students with an interest in this work are invited to join us. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Andy Mink at mink(AT) no later than Thursday, Feb 7.


Consortium including LEARN NC to develop geospatial technology curriculum

A consortium including LEARN NC has been awarded a $43,600 grant to help create a curriculum for grades 6-8 that uses geospatial technology to integrate humanities content with science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills. The funding from the Battelle Foundation will be used during the 2013-14 school year by a partnership including LEARN NC, the University of Virginia Library’s Scholars’ Lab and the Virginia Geographic Alliance. Ten teachers will be selected from five Virginia school districts to take part in the project. After the curricula materials are developed, LEARN NC will host the resources online, making them freely available for teachers for use in their classrooms and in professional development opportunities.


LEARN NC creates Black History Month lessons plans using The Mini Page

LEARN NC has published three new lesson plans for Black History Month that use The Mini Page to give teachers a new way to engage their students. The lesson plans use a digital archive of The Mini Page, a weekly newspaper feature targeted mainly at children, their parents and educators. The archive includes issues published from 1969 to 2007. The lesson plans include two about black cowboys and one about Buffalo Soldiers, members of African-American regiments raised to fight with the Union Army during the Civil War. LEARN NC’s Mini Page lessons are available here.


‘The Well’ blog takes a look at Kelly Ryoo’s work with ‘dynamic visualizations’

LEARN NC’s “The Well” blog examines the work by Kelly Ryoo, assistant professor of learning sciences, on using dynamic visualizations to help teach science concepts to 7th graders. Using computer simulations, dynamic visualizations show what happens during a process, such as a chemical reaction or photosynthesis in a plant. Ryoo and a colleague wrote in a recent paper that dynamic visualizations, when compared to static illustrations, can help middle school students better understand natural phenomena. The blog post, available here, includes links to an example of a dynamic visualization and tips for teachers on how to create their own.


GSA hosting UNC-Duke basketball game viewing party

For its February social event, the Graduate Student Association invites you to watch the Tar Heels stomp the Blue Devils on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The game is at 9 p.m., but the event starts at 7 p.m. so that attendees can stake out a spot and do some socializing before tipoff. The event will be at the Back Bar/Great Room (overflow space adjoining the Back Bar) at Top of the Hill. Appetizers will be provided by the GSA. RSVP on the SOE GSA Facebook event page or to Hillary Parkhouse at parkhous(AT) if you plan to attend.


TIP: Technology in Peabody

Use Jing to create short videos of your computer screen
Educators looking for a way to create short videos of work being done on their computer can use free software called Jing. Jing allows you to take still pictures or video of any aspect of your computer display, either Windows or Apple. The videos can be up to five minutes each and can be shared with one click via, Twitter, or Facebook. You can also embed it directly into your own blog or website with an html embed code. In the classroom, Jing is great for digital tutorials or recording feedback for students. It could also be used to record brief PowerPoint presentations.
--TIP from LEARN NC’s ‘Instructify’ blog


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Feb. 11
LEARN NC’s online teaching workshop
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Peabody 02
RSVP to Andy Mink

Feb. 13
GSA Beat Dook Party
7 p.m.
Back Bar