Digital Citizenship and Literacy

For Organizational and School Leaders, Teacher Leaders and Families


These sites have resources for teaching Digital Citizenship in the classroom

Google Interactive
Google’s Family Safety Center
Google Safety Center
Common Sense Media
    Unit Assessments – Common Sense Media
    Digital Compass – (Grades 6 and up)
    Student Badges –
NetsmartzSafety Pledges
Be Cyber Wise
Digital Citizenship Site
Yahoo Safely
Cable in the Classroom
FOSI Family Online Safety Institute
ebonauts – School or District/Diocese Assessments and Curriculum – Subscription
ISTE Standards Nets-A, Nets-S, Nets-T
ISTE Poster and Infographic
Online Safety for Kids @symballo by Sylvia Buller 


These blogs address topics related to Digital Citizenship
Anne Collier – Net Family News
Danah Boyd
Innovative Educator Blog

Research To Know About

Zero to Eight -Children’s Mobile Technology Use in America by Common Sense Media
Youth Safety on a Living Internet Study – Study
The Good Play Project
Pew Internet and American Life Project

Related Posts on TechConnects
Online Safety Bridge Between Home and School – TechConnects
Getting Started with Digital Citizenship – TechConnects


Using the above links, select resource(s) for use with teachers or students. Discuss the following:
1. Why did you select this resource? What appeals most to you about it.
2. How can it be used in your school(s)?
3. What 3 steps would you need to take to use this resource?
4. How will you measure or evaluate the benefit?

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Resources for Technology and Learning

AUPs Catholicedchat WMOF2015
Social Media Educational Technology Planning and Policies for Leadership and Technology
Digital Citizenship Tech Tools  Blogs and Toolkits – K12Blueprint
Evaluating Content and ‘Fake News’ Webtools and Apps Chrome Extensions


NETS – Administrators – National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators
Internet Savvy – Digital Citizenship Resources
Catholic Schools Connect – Connecting Schools

Embedding Twitter Timelines

Twitter users or enthusiasts may at times wish to embed a timeline into their website. I have done this a number of times but just recently took a look at the many options available for doing this.

You can view directions from Twitter as detailed below. It is super easy.

Places to add a Twitter Timeline:

  • Blog
  • Website
  • Email Newsletter

I created a timeline both via storify and via Twitter for World Meeting of Families Philadelphia 2015 and the Visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia where I served as Digital Content Manager.

How to embed a timeline (via Twitter)

Embedded timeline widgets give you the ability to embed a collection of Tweets (known as a timeline) on your own website. There are four types of embedded timelines available, all of which look and feel like timelines on

User Timeline: Display public Tweets from any user on Twitter.

Favorites: Show all Tweets a specific user has marked as favorites.

List: Show Tweets from public lists that you own and/or subscribe to.

Search: Display customized search results in real time (perfect for live events, conferences, brands, etc.).

Note: Embedded timelines will only show content from users that have public Tweets. Content from users with protected Tweets are not compatible with any Twitter embedded timeline widgets.

To add an embedded timeline to your website:

Sign in to Twitter.

Go to your settings and select Widgets.

Click Create new.

Choose the type of embedded timeline you’d like and start to configure it:

For User Timeline, enter the username of the user whose Tweets you want to display.

For Favorites, enter the username of the user whose favorites you want to display.

For List, select a public list that you own and/or subscribe to in the drop-down menu.

For Search, enter your search query (for advanced searches, use Twitter’s search operators).

Make sure to select Safe mode if you want to exclude sensitive content, profanity, etc.

Customize the design by specifying the height, theme (light or dark), and link color to match your website. You can also configure your embedded timeline to auto-expand Tweets containing media.


An Idea with Wheels – Notre Dame’s ACE Bus

Recently, the ACE bus made a stop in Philadelphia at St. Francis de Sales school. Accompanying the many guests were representatives from local Archdiocesan schools and from Camden Catholic Schools. I had first learned about the project via Ricky Austin from ACE (Alliance for Catholic Education, University of Notre Dame). He shared the story of the ACE bus via the online discussion, #catholicedchat which meets every Saturday morning on twitter. I hoped that when the bus came to Philadelphia, I might be able to attend.

An Idea with Wheels

When first I heard about Notre Dame University’s ACE bus, the idea struck me as an ingenious one.
A bus traveling from school to school would put a spotlight on Catholic education from coast to coast. Genius! A bus traveling round and round and celebrating … then it struck me.

When I first started working as Director of Technology in the central office for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 2006, I spoke with Bishop McFadden who was at the time overseeing of Office of Catholic Education. He said it would be a great idea to get a bus and go from school to school showcasing all of the great teaching and learning with technology. As there were many other programs operating full speed at the time, the bus idea never did come to fruition. The idea remained in my mind. I think this is why the ACE bus struck a cord in me. The idea of going around the country highlighting Catholic Education was a great one!

Bishop McFadden, a great champion for Catholic Education , went from being Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia to Bishop of Harrisburg. He also headed the Catholic Education committee for USCCB. When I first got to the school, the first familiar face I saw was Sister Jane McFadden, IHM Vice Principal at St. Francis de Sales. She also is Bishop McFadden’s sister. Though Bishop McFadden passed away in May of this year, it seems he would have been quite happy to see this bus spotlighting Catholic Education rolling into his hometown of Philadelphia to music, cheers and smiles!


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Like an Orchestra

As students at the school waited and guests arrived at St. Francis de Sales in Philadelphia, there was much excitement in the autumn air. Big smiles were evident as children either carried flags, waved excitedly or prepared their instruments for play. The student orchestra played as the bus rolled down the street to cheers and applause from the crowd.

Visitors and students then gathered in the school hall. Sister Constance Marie, IHM talked about the founding of their school in 1904 by Irish immigrants and it’s history of serving area students. Sister Jane McFadden, IHM greeted guests from Philadelphia Archdiocesan schools and Camden Catholic Schools. Students processed in with flags representing many nations. In fact, St. Francis de Sales School welcomes students from 47 different nations. She also mentioned two Philadelphia saints –  St. John Neumann the founder of many Catholic Schools and St. Katherine Drexel who dedicated her life and resources to serving children and schools. Students sang a beautiful song in both Swahili and English with a chorus ringing – ‘We are marching in the light of God’.

Fr. Timothy Scully, founder of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), presented awards. Pennsylvania Senator Harris Wofford was given a Champion of Education award for his inspirational work and service. Christine Healy was given the University of Notre Dame’s Sorin Award for her service in sustaining and transforming Catholic Schools. Christine Healy is the Chairman of the Board for the Catholic Partnership Schools of Camden and founder of the Catholic School Development Program.

Fr. Louis DelFra currently working at ACE hails from the Philadelphia area. In attributing the benefits of Catholic education, he said that ‘Catholic Schools changed the trajectory is his life. He told the audience that the ACE gathers each and every Monday morning and prays for all Catholic Schools.

‘The sky is the limit in achieving your dreams.’ Jim Coyne graduate of St. Francis de Sales, Notre Dame University and Theology teacher at Cardinal O’Hara High School, Springfield, Pa.

Catholic schools like orchestras are made up of many different people playing various roles- teachers, students, parents, parishioners, priests and bishops and more! Each does their part to contribute to the success of each school. They work daily to keep in tune with one another to make a wonderful sound! It is surely one worth listening to and continuing to develop!

The ACE bus tour touting Catholic schools and its visit to Philadelphia was quite an uplifting event. For those present, the happy sound of students cheering along with musical accompaniment was music to our ears. It seems pretty certain that Bishop McFadden would have liked it too!



Google Classroom Links

Google continues to roll out resources for classrooms making connections easier, learning faster and teaching more collaborative. Here are some recent favorites:


1. Google Classrooms

Google collaborates with museums, NASA and other organizations to provide virtual fieldtrips via hangout

2. Watch Going Google Video from TechForum

Great advice for implementation and in classroom use examples are provided here.

3. Google Drive Preview – by Amy Mayer

Nice overview of how to use Google Drive

4. Google Search Lessons

5. Google+ signup




40 Apps for the 4C’s of 21st Century Learning


  1. Facetime
  2. Skype
  3. Google+
  4. Podcasts
  5. Audioboo
  6. Twitter
  7. Lino
  8. Linkedin
  9. EasyBib
  10. Resume Builder


  1. Flickr
  2. Haiku Deck
  3. SonicPics
  4. Showme
  5. Educreations
  6. FontArt
  7. Fotobabble
  8. Animoto
  9. 3 Minute Retreat
  10. Doceri


  1. Dropbox
  2. Edmodo
  3. Ted Talks
  4. Groupboard
  5. Screenchomp
  6. Lecture Tools
  7. Socrative
  8. QuickOffice
  9. My Big Campus
  10. Cloud On

Critical Thinking

  1. Khan Academy
  2. Mind Meister
  3. Scoopit
  4. Flipboard
  5. Digg
  6. Audiobooks Free
  7. Common Core Standards
  8. Kindle Reader
  9. ItunesU
  10. Ibooks


Contact Me

~Providing Consulting online or face to face. I can help your School or Organization to implement technology for 21st Century learning and communicating.

-Get assistance finding the Technology resources and support you need. All work is individually customized to your needs

Email today for information and pricing.

  • Policy and Planning
  1. Technology Planning
  2. Social Media Policies
  3. Acceptable Use Policies
  • Social Media
  1. Marketing on Facebook and the Social Web
  2. Communications Strategies for using Social Media
  • Professional Development
  1. Virtual Professional Learning Programs
  2. Professional Development Planning and Delivery
  • Digital Communications
  1. School Website Optimization
  2. New Website Procurement
  • Technology and Learning – Tech In Education
  1. Social Media for Schools -Web 2.0 Tools and Implementation
  2. Tablet and Ipad Implementations
  3. Technology Assessments – Assess Teachers, Administrators, Programs. Includes full reporting

Email Nancy Caramanico at TechConnects  to arrange consultation and view sample projects



Technology can be a tool for empowering each of us. We lead, learn and communicate in new ways each day. I truly believe that keeping in tune with those changes  can help us to grow and work more effectively and make a positive difference in the world especially in education.

A lifelong learner and technology education enthusiast, I help leaders to reach their goals using new technologies. I founded Cara Tec, LLC an independent consulting firm. I have taught online college courses for several schools. I also have taught in the Graduate Educational Leadership programs as an adjunct professor. With 19 years experience in various roles as Digital Content Manager for World Meeting of Families 2015 and the Visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia, Technology Director K-12, staff developer, I am enthusiastic about the ways in which technology can support all of us in achieving our goals and making positive impact. I use this blog for celebrating and exploring innovative use of digital technology and social media in and for learning.

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Currently Contributing Editor for Acer Education Blog and SchoolCIO sponsored by Tech&Learning

EdTechK-12 Top 50 Blogger, June 2012

As the Director of Technology at the Archdiocese I worked with teachers and administrators in support of learning through technology related programs and tools. I connect with our schools via several online communities and also via my EngageWithTech wiki. I am a former  Director of Technology, K-12 for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic Schools. (2006-2011)

  • Member of the Advisory Board for School CIO
  • Member of Education Advisory Board, Acer
  • Contributing Author to More Instructional Strategies for Rigor and Relevance distributed by the International Center Leadership in Education
  • Mercy Vocational Board of Education, since 2012

I have an Instructional Technology Educational Specialist Certification and Masters from St. Joseph’s University. I am grateful for the opportunities to learn continually, hearing ideas, solutions and best practices, from others via my own learning network online.
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