Author Archives: Paula Marini

New England Aquarium Supports Teachers – STEM Activities

New England Aquarium Supports Teachers – STEM Activities

The March issue of the New England Aquarium’s Teacher Resource Newsletter is filled with resources, teacher workshops, field trip ideas and STEM conference information. I just wanted to share with other  New England DEN members… just as a reminder of the great resources and hands-on experiences available at the Aquarium. Don’t forget to check out

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.

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

Discovery Education Summer School – WOW!

The Discovery Education Summer School last week was a wonderful opportunity to get fired up for the new school year!  A big “shout out” to all the people involved… “Thank you so much for sharing your expertise and time.” In Dedham, MA, we had a group of eight people participate for the four days.  It was

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

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,

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