About

Marka Ormsby and Robin Daniel

Marka Ormsby and Robin Daniel created Tech Matters to help educators and the youth of today develop a passion for the STEM disciplines, so they are prepared to solve complex technical problems of tomorrow. Tech Matters provides knowledge and support to educators who use, or plan to use, technology for inquiry based instruction and project based learning to motivate their students in STEM disciplines. We collaborate with educators to help them incorporate ever changing technologies in their curricula and lesson plans, and help them integrate active learning in new or existing learning environments.

 

 

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CGI Collaborative Committment

In June 2015, Tech Matters joined the “160,000 Teachers served through Online, On Demand Network for Educators”  Collaborative, featured at the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America)

“The Collaborative’s goal is to serve 160,000 teachers, aides, paraprofessionals, specialists and administrators across the country. This would impact 3.84 million school-aged children at Title 1 schools.

We also strive to reduce the $2-3 Billion lost each year through teacher attrition. More training equals better retention.”

The Collaborative provides access, support, and efficacy research for simSchool, the online virtual classroom platform that provides a safe environment for teachers to accumulate critical classroom experience rapidly through virtual classroom experiences. Tech Matters provides support for implementing simSchool for teacher preparation, teacher induction, and professional development in teacher education preparation programs, and K-12 schools and school districts. View the Press Release and the Call To Action.


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MHS Pre-Engineering and Architecture Advisory Board

Tech Matters is a member of the Marietta High School Pre-Engineering and Architecture Advisory Board. MHS offers Pre-Engineering Career Pathway and Pre-Architecture Career Pathway tracks to offer first-hand training and experience to be successful in industry. They use “impressive practices in instruction, organization, and industry/post-secondary collaboration.”

In March 2015, the Pre-Engineering Pathway program was awarded industry certification from the International Technology and Engineering Education Association in conjunction with the Georgia Technology Education Association program.


 

Partners In Education

Tech Matters is a proud member of Partners in Education (PIE), sponsored by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce to promote volunteerism by business to local schools. Marka and Robin donated over 180 hours during the 2009-2010 school year to Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (MCAA), a 3rd-5th grade STEM magnet school.

After working on several educational gaming projects with Southern Polytechnic State University, Marka and Robin have been asked to serve on the advisory board of the Center for Applied Gaming and Media Arts organization.

Marka and Robin also served as members of the Education Committee for the Aviation Museum and Discovery Center working to develop STEM outreach programs for the community and state.

We will continue to pursue opportunities to promote STEM concepts and experiences for young students, so they are exposed to the infinite possibilities a STEM career can bring. Equally important, students who do not choose STEM careers are exposed to the concepts of critical thinking and problem solving which are critical skills necessary to survive in this complex day and age.

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