Standards Based Report Cards - 

The failure of report cards, even if they are standards based. 

Using Multiple Course Evaluations to Engage and Empower Your Students and Yourself - 

Creating Quizzes Online (QuizStar) - 
Both students and teachers can create quizzes. 

Creating Quizzes (ClassMarker) ($) - 
Not for students.

Blogs to Watch!  

Start your own Blog!

E-Literate - 
Don't miss a single article (click on link for RSS feed). If you need to catch up on what is happening with online learning, this is cutting-edge. (Mainly is concerned with higher education, but has some focus on K-12.)

How to Analyze Literature

Ian Bogost's Blog on Videogame Theory, Criticism, Design - 

     Ian Bogost is the co-founder of Persuasive Games designs, who builds, and distributes videogames for persuasion, instruction, and activism. There is so much good content on this Blog but it is impossible to describe: a cornucopia of good ideas on games, teaching, writing, and contemporary issues in philosophy! Amazing! ~Meg 

Books & Journal Articles (K-12)

Please share any books or journal articles you find helpful.  Email Meg Tufano at

Poteau, C. E. (2011).

Inter + active classrooms: Creative approaches to learning and teaching. International Journal of Arts & Sciences, 4(11), 203-210. Retrieved from

REVIEW AND SUMMARY:  The author states that the aim of the research was to explore the cognitive and sociocultural theories of language learning theories and the effects of affective factors in the language learning process.  The method used by the author seems to be an overview “relevant

empirical and theoretical research on language learners’ experiences participating in online

collaborative tasks and the uses of authentic online resources in the language classroom.”

They found that use of the internet can be used by educators to improve their teaching and enhance the experience of language learners.

Classroom Interests K-12

Web Literacy Standard (as of April 15, 2013)
These are the U.S. standards for web literacy in schools. 

Storyboarding - 
Designing your project well from the start is fundamental to success. 

Computer & Technology Related
Learn software, creative, and business skills.  Learn whatever application program you want to learn.  Free for one month.  Worth every penny of a year's subscription if you need to keep learning more about any application program from MSWord to Adobe Dreamweaver and everything inbetween (yes, even Google Apps).  I have taken up residence there. ;') ~Meg

Culture, Literature & Media

[From their website]  Rookie is…

…an online publication for teenage girls featuring writing, photography, illustrations, videos, and more from a lovely staff and our readers. The site features monthly “issues,” each revolving around a theme. We post just three times a day – after school, after dinner, and before bed.

There are lots of ways to navigate through the site – you can sort by categories and tags and authors and browse and search and more. We’ll leave you to discover your favorite method.

Cultural & Educational Media

Discover Channel Education
[From their website] Discovery Education supports teachers in accelerating student achievement, bringing the wonder of Discovery into classrooms to ignite students' natural curiosity.


2009 Do You Know? -
     How to understand what is happening in our world now.  (Updated year to year.)

US Department of Labor -
     Find out your interests.  Find out information about work you might enjoy.  Take classes in those areas.  Free.

Education (in General)

Black Alliance for Educational Options

       [From their website] Goal 1: Promote High-Quality Educational Options Believing that every child deserves access to a high-quality education, BAEO champions reform strategies that address the urgent educational needs of our community and promise to close the achievement gap.

       Goal 2: Protect/Expand Parental Choice Programs

BAEO works to protect and/or expand existing parental choice programs by deploying stakeholders and supporters to implement effective strategies and tactics in collaboration with our allies; and in the process we continue to promote parental choice as a key strategy in the broader education reform movement.

       Goal 3: Promote New Parental Choice ProgramsBAEO promotes the enactment of new parental choice programs in states with high potential by deploying BAEO affiliates and supporters to implement effective strategies and tactics in collaboration with our allies.
    One of my favorite postings from a terrific Blog on education, "edrethink," "Twelve Things I Was Wrong About." ~Meg

     Center on Reinventing Public Education
[From their website] Improving education through transformative, evidence-based ideas.  Through research and policy analysis CRPE seeks ways to make public education more effective, especially for America’s disadvantaged students. We start from the premise that, too often, the structure of today’s public education system makes it difficult, if not impossible, for every family to have access to a school that meets the needs of their child, and for teachers and other adults to achieve the goal of providing an outstanding public education for every student.

     Education Week
News about what is happening in education.

     Transfer thinkers into creators.

     Our mission is to inspire and support families to champion their children's education - at school, at home and in their community. We are a national non-profit with offices in San Francisco, Milwaukee, Washington D.C. and Indianapolis. [From their website]

     Learn almost anything for free.

     National Center for Educational Statistics

     The facts are stark: roughly a quarter of American children fail to finish high school.  [From their website] That number translates to nearly one million young people leaving classrooms for the streets, every year. 

An American without a high school diploma is virtually guaranteed a lifetime of low earnings and poor health, and is at high risk for incarceration. 

We believe our country’s failure to prepare kids for productive adulthood is a persistent civil rights issue that poses a grave economic challenge to American prosperity and productivity. Access to a quality public education is a basic human right – one we are dedicated to protecting. Stand for Children works across the country – from the classroom to the Capitol – to mobilize Americans around a common goal of improving the odds for American children. 

We believe ALL children deserve an equal opportunity to succeed in life. Education is the key that unlocks the door to success. Far too many children, through no fault of their own, aren’t getting the education they need to make it in life. We are passionately committed to righting this wrong. 

Our mission is to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, a college education. To make that happen, we: 

Educate and empower parents, teachers, and community members to demand excellent public schools. 
Advocate for effective local, state and national education policies and investments.

Free Courses and Content

Open Course Library -
        Uses Google Apps!  So you can download, remix, teach.  Yay!  ~Meg

Google and G+

    There is an overwhelming amount of content surrounding Google!  For my money, Google is creating some of the best tools and educational resources out there.  But it is REALLY hard to keep up with everything that's happening because there is constant invention and reinvention. Start small (join G+ (How to join Google+) and circle me (+Meg Tufano) and I usually am interacting with people who are in love with learning and teaching.  But you will find all sorts of interesting teachers and learners! Many colleges and universities have already gone Google, so by introducing Google Apps to K-12, students are getting prepared for their future!

How to Google+:

Google+: How to get started

Google+: About circles -

Google+: Fun with Hangouts -

Google+: Reading and responding -

Google+: Sharing -

Google+: Set Up Your Profile -

Google+: Find people you know -

Google+ Photos: Great photos, in less time -

Bring your conversations to life with Hangouts -

Google+: Share photo albums -

Hangouts:  Conversations that last, with the people you love. 

• Published on May 15, 2013 - Hangouts brings one-on-one and group conversations to life with photos, emoji, and video calls for free. Connect with friends across laptops, Android and Apple devices.  This could be a way for teachers to have meetings online.  It is a very robust virtual environment.  Try it out with your friends first!

Zeitgeist - “Zeitgeist” means “the spirit of the times,” and this spirit can be seen through the aggregation of millions of search queries Google receives every day. The annual Zeitgeist report reveals what captured the world's attention in the past year—our passions, interests and defining moments as seen through search.

Explore the most recent Year-End Zeitgeist, or take a trip back in time by looking through the archives.

Make a very interesting project for almost any subject!


    Make a very interesting resource for any project for geography!

Google Earth

YouTube Curriculum

    Not what it sounds like (nothing about creating curricula), has many resources about how to stay safe online.  Excellent for K-12 in explaining why certain information should never be shared online.  (BTW, in my opinion (Meg), I would never share my real birthday online.  To be safe, make the day a few days later and keep it consistent throughout all your online identities.  It is your "online birth date." Sharing the year is also problematical.  MOST services do not REQUIRE the year.  Best not to put the year online (especially for children).)

Google in Education

     Here you will find Google in Education, YouTubeEDU (most for college students, but some K-12), Google Science Fair, YouTube for Teachers.

Lectures & Sources for Lectures, on Academic Subjects

Free Video Lectures -
     Explore!  A variety of courses, separated by propriety of age of learner.

One Man College -
     Now known as Khan Academy.  Mr. Khan started up his own college for his cousins.  Now, he's earning a living doing it!  Amazing story! ~Meg

Stumbled Upon -
     [From their website] Find subjects of particular interest to you.  Organizes information for you.

TED Talks
     Lectures of astonishing quality from some of the smartest people on earth.

World Public Library -
     The Academic Collections are curated collections of eBooks that belong to the various disciplines.

Must Be Right on Time

Much research is geared to people and events which happened at a particular moment in time, whether five minutes or thousands of years ago. – which "provides software that teaches students and supports teachers and librarians throughout the research process"  - identifies these search tools to use when timeliness of information is important: 


Google News

Top news stories auto-generated every 15 minutes


Worldwide news auto-generated every 5 minutes


Explore machine-compiled single image composed hourly of 100 words and pictures that "matter most" on a global scale


Yahoo News

One month archive with editor-created "roundups" in Full Coverage

World News Network

Click a category (below news item) to gather related news or images, select Mon-Sun to track story's development

Google News

Click on "related" (below news item) to see story's development


American Memory

Search America's primary source documents and images, browse by topic, time period, medium or place


Drill down into the history section or search fewer, broader terms (e.g., "terrorists" not "Righteous Path")

Digital History

High-quality historical resources, primary sources, multimedia, subject guides


Ancient History Sourcebook

Search online ancient-history texts, images, audio, or browse by region, period (e.g., Persia, Late Antiquity)


Drill down into ancient history section or search fewer, broader terms (e.g., "Greece" not "Spartan women")

Source:  Questia

Need a Laugh?

    YouTube Laugh Chain -

     Revitalization of Comics Online -