Teacher Highlight: Nancy Caramanico from St. James Regional Catholic School

Fostering digital citizenship and professional development: meet Nancy Caramanico from St. James Regional Catholic School and Neumann University’s Center for Leadership in southeastern Pennsylvania

Tell us about your school and what you teach.

St. James Regional Catholic School and Neumann University’s Center for Leadership in Media, Pennsylvania. In my career, I have been blessed to work as a technology teacher and coordinator and also the director of K-12 Technology to schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. As an instructional technology specialist and digital technology consultant, I work with teachers and leaders to support
educational goals through professional development and innovative technology.

Who else is in your family?

I’m married and have three children. Many in my family have worked in Catholic education.

What was your favorite subject in school?

I loved computer classes from the very first time I took them. I enjoyed learning about the ways technology can help us to learn and support school and organizational mission and goals.

Why is the topic of educational technology (EdTECH) important to you?

I believe that we can use technology to make a positive difference in the lives of others and especially in our classrooms for teaching and learning. I am interested in professional learning to foster digital citizenship and helping people to use today’s technology safely and in responsible and positive ways.

What are you learning right now?

This summer I am learning more about the latest social media trends and digital photography.

Is your desk messy or neat?

Neat — thankfully, working in a paperless way is easy due to today’s tech tools!

Tell us about a special project.

I worked as the digital content manager for the World Meeting of Families Philadelphia 2015 and the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia. I worked on the website and social media in Philadelphia, which measured 1.1 billion impressions on social media during the week of WMOF in 2015. My colleagues were absolutely wonderful to work with. I was truly inspired by the example of Pope Francis and the joy of others during and leading up to WMOF.

Outside of school, what do you enjoy?

I love learning new technologies; the latest is how to best use social media for the benefit of others and digital photography.

What prayers are your favorite?

Miraculous Medal Prayers to the Blessed Mother and the Examen

Tell us a little bit about a project with Catholic Educators.

I am the co-founder (along with @barbinnebraska and @nicksenger) of the Twitter chat #catholicedchat, which has been meeting weekly
since 2012. Each week on Saturday at 9 a.m. EST, the chat connects Catholic school educators across the globe to discuss topics related
to Catholic Education. To join, simply use the hashtag #catholicedchat on Saturday mornings. The chat archives are found at CatholicEdChat.blogspot.com

Where and how can we find you online?

TWITTER: @ncara
WEBSITES: NancyCaramanico.com and ncara.edublogs.org