About Ann Oro

Ann is the Director of K12 Instructional Technology for the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ. This followed 12 years as a computer teacher, technology integration specialist, and middle school math teacher at a Catholic elementary school. She has been on the organization committee for EdCampNYC. Ann received her Masters in Educational Leadership, Management, and Policy from Seton Hall University.

NCEA 2017 – St. Louis

By |April 29th, 2017|

This week I shared some of the big ideas I took home from the 2017 National Catholic Education Association convention. I had the opportunity to attend several very interesting sessions as well as presenting one. Above all, as with the previous two conventions I attended, it is the people who make the experience. In the […]

Catholic Schools Mystery Skype Partners

By |February 9th, 2017|

Mystery Skypes have been around for years. Teachers pair up and help their students have a game of 20 questions to discover the location of each other’s school. Depending on the grade, this could be a state or get as detailed as the town or school name. It all rests on the clues and resourcefulness […]

Integrate Technology Skills to Support Student Learning

By |October 31st, 2016|

I had an opportunity to speak with almost every PK-8 and specials teacher over the course of five days for 35 minutes in October. I knew that I would see about 80 teachers in 35 minute rotations. The challenge was to provide the teachers with grade appropriate ideas. They came from technology rich and poor schools. […]

ISTE2016 Full Day One – More of the Day

By |July 3rd, 2016|

I heard a lot about the playgrounds and poster sessions at ISTE so after the BYOD session I headed over the those areas.
Poster Sessions
I took a few photos and notes on what I saw. In addition, the ISTE app had an on-going contest so I was on the lookout for game codes too. I visited […]

ISTE2016 Full Day One – BYOD Session

By |July 3rd, 2016|

I looked at Monday as the first “real” day of the ISTE conference. I was scheduled bright and early for a “Rethinking the Chromebook as a Creation Device” workshop. Before the conference I will able to choose up to 3 free bring your own device sessions. This caused some feelings of buyers remorse. At the […]

ISTE2016 Global Ed Forum and Opening Keynote

By |July 2nd, 2016|

Volunteer Check-In
I got to the Denver Convention Center after lunch with plenty of time to walk to the volunteer registration desk. I had heard Kristin Hokanson say a number of years ago that she did a volunteering stint so it seemed like a good idea for my first ISTE. I decided to sign up for […]

ISTE Mobile MegaShare

By |June 30th, 2016|

The Mobile MegaShare were a set of 45-minute roundtable share-and-learn sessions. It seemed, at first, that you were supposed to decide which table you wanted to sit at. The table sessions were on a list and I found one I thought I would try. I ended up wandering around looking at the tables instead.
Bloxels
The first table I […]

ISTE2016 Overall Thoughts

By |June 30th, 2016|

It’s behind me now…my first ISTE convention. I’m glad I went. In some ways it went to fast and in other ways it was just right. I did feel that I wished, at times, I could be in three places at once. I arrived on Saturday but too late for the Hack Education event. I still […]

Edcamp Foundation Summit – Day 1

By |April 30th, 2016|

I wanted to share some quick notes from the first Edcamp Foundation Summit. First of all a huge thanks to the Edcamp Foundation members for putting this together. It was great to touch base with them and share the day with so many people who have organized or attended Edcamps. It was especially nice getting […]

Catholic Schools Mystery Skype

By |January 19th, 2015|

During the 2013-2014 school year, I organized a Catholic Schools Week Mystery Skype. I’ve moved from my previous position as a K-8 Computer Teacher to the Director of K-12 Instructional Technology at the Schools Office.  A number of people were asking if I would be […]