Carmela Curatola Knowles is a Technology Integration Specialist at the Armenian Sisters Academy in Southeastern, Pennsylvania. Previously a Gifted Support Teacher and Elementary Technology Teacher in two different public school systems , she is also a certified Instructional Technology Specialist in Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, a Master’s in Business Administration from Villanova University, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Immaculata University. She is certified in Business and Computer Information Technology K-12, Instructional Technology Specialist K-12 and Library/Media Sciences and has been a Pennsylvania Keystone Integrator since 2006. Mrs. Curatola Knowles participated as a MAGPI Fellow with the University of Pennsylvania’s Mid Atlantic Gigapop in Philadelphia for Internet2 during the 2009-2010 school year, focusing on the use of video conferencing technology to support Global Studies curriculum at both the secondary and elementary levels. She has co-developed and has run several after school Lego Robotics Enrichment Programs for 4th and 5th grade students.. She was a co-winner of Second Place 2012 SIGOL Online Learning Award, and a Highly Commended 2010 SIGOL Online Learning Award from ISTE and has co-presented innovative technology projects at local, state, and national conferences, including ISTE and the 2010 and 2011 U.S. Microsoft Innovative Educator Forums. Additionally, an article she wrote with her colleague Kathleen M. Krupa titled “Scientific Inquiry through Nature and Technology” was published in the August, 2010 edition of ISTE’s Learning and Leading with Technology. She is also a member of The Philadelphia Zoo’s Teacher Advisory Council.
Piano and Laylee Text Message
Laylee gets a new cell phone and is excited to be able to text her best friend Piano. Unfortunately, their text messages soon lead to a misunderstanding. Mrs. Dachshund and Mrs. Maltese teach Piano and Laylee about cell phone manners so that it won’t happen again.
Piano and Laylee and the Cyberbully: Piano and Laylee encounter the neighborhood bully, Lady, while outside riding their scooter and a cyberbully inside while playing a game online. Piano’s dad, Mr. Dachshund, explains that they should deal with bullies online just like they do any other time - tell a trusted adult.
Piano and Laylee Learn About Acceptable Use Policies: In school, Piano logs in to a game using Laylee’s password, which prompts their teacher, Miss Paige, to give a lesson on the school’s Acceptable Use Policy (AP). The class learns what an AUP is and why it is so important.
Piano and Laylee Help a Copycat Become a Creative Cat: Coco the cat is making a birthday card on the computer, but she’s using a picture that someone else made. Piano and Laylee remind Coco about the fair use rules they learned in school and help Coco go from being a copycat to a creative cat.
Piano and Laylee Go Online: Two puppies, Piano and Laylee, meet and become fast friends. While playing an online computer game at Laylee’s house, Piano and Laylee learn, with the help of their moms, that staying safe online is just like staying safe in their community.