Posts By Paula Marini

  1. Ideas are Like Fish … David Lynch

    Discovery Education Helps Students Search for the “Big Ones” “Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract. […]

  2. Comic Strips for Reluctant Writers

     One of my favorite blogs is “Free Technology for Teachers” by Mark Byrne.  Everyday he shares an interesting tool or classroom resource. He also explains how the tool may be useful in an educational setting. For example, today (9/21) there is a 5-minute video posted explaining the Aurora Borealis and vocabulary building resources and widgets.  While perusing other […]

  3. Top Ten Tips for Assessing PBL

    Edutopia, which is sponsored by the George Lucas Educational Foundation, has an engaging new teacher guide that can help teachers design and assess project-based learning.  The Top 10 Tips for Assessing Project-Based Learning is a colorful PDF you download at the site. The tips are organized to follow the progression of a project. First comes the planning, then the […]

  4. MIT Scratch Programming Workshop (Free)

    Scratch Educator Meetup Open to All Boston-Area Educators Saturday, April 16 10AM – 1PM MIT Media Lab Create and Share Your Own Interactive Stories, Games, Music and Art Come learn about Scratch, a free programming environment created by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. With Scratch, young people can create interactive stories, […]

  5. Looking to Improve Student Math Skills?

    Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 Can Help You Visualize Mathematical Concepts Microsoft Math 4.0 is a free download and features a large collection of tools, tutorials, and instructions designed to help you tackle math and science problems quickly and easily.  “With Microsoft Mathematics, students can learn to solve equations step-by-step while gaining a better understanding of fundamental […]

  6. Engineering … Go for it!

    Looking for a way to entice students into the field of engineering? Take a look at the “eGFI” website, “Engineering… Go for it!”  The website, blog, and newsletters are created by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). After sending out the Discovery Education information about the STEM resources webinar to my district, I saw […]

  7. Tundra, Polar Bears, Killer Whales … Oh My!

      Don’t all of you just love working with teachers who are always willing to try new ways to engage their students? One of those teachers from my District is Shannon Findley, grade 4 teacher at the Riverdale Elementary School in Dedham, MA. Her students reflect her enthusiasm and passion for learning and sharing.  When […]

  8. Copyright Resources for the Classroom

    A recent Boston Globe article in the “Surfing the Net with Kids” series included links to help teach the “how’s” and “why’s” of copyright law.  “Copyright, intellectual property, fair use, and public domain are not subjects reserved for lawyers and corporate publishers. Every student … needs to understand the basics of what can and cannot […]

  9. New Interactive Projector

    The Dell S300WI, a new Dell projector that is a perfect solution for an interactive classroom environment. Watch this brief 2-3 minute video for a quick demonstration of its capabilities. The Dell S300wi Interactive Projector lets you project on any surface and turn that surface into an Interactive White Board.  The Interactive Pen’s technology allows you […]

  10. Resources for Teaching about 9/11

    There are many excellent resources for teaching about 9/11. Discovery Education Streaming: Search “September 11″ The top resource is a “Theme page” about September 11 “featuring resources selected and created by Discovery Education’s curriculum experts, this theme page offers teacher’s guides, video clips, and more.” “America Attacked: 9/11″ — Awesome Stories Background information, video, audio […]