Meg Ormiston is a teacher first and a classroom tech specialist after that. She stays grounded by working directly with students and teachers whenever she can. Meg is one of the nation’s leading experts in educational technology as it connects to teaching, but her positive and engaging energy is the first thing people notice about her. Meg’s favorite time of year is when she is the lead learner, the coach, and the inspiration to teachers in her tech boot camps. She is in her element when she is surrounded by groups of classroom teachers all creating, collaborating, and laughing as they are learning.
Ms. Ormiston partners with school systems that are committed to 21st century learning experiences for everyone. Meg creates a partnership that is unique in each district, reflecting the mission, vision, and direction that local leaders have identified. Her district-wide projects have included guiding teams through the visioning process, designing and delivering professional development, classroom modeling, developing student leaders in technology, and educating parents. Throughout the process, Meg calls it like she sees it and will not settle for excuses like, “this is how we have always done it.” Meg is about change, and she moves fast.
Meg is often called the “teacher’s teacher” because she structures professional development to insure that each participant is successful by creating fun, upbeat, and creative experiences that are differentiated to meet the needs of all (from the technophobic to the shining tech stars). Meg starts with standards and learning goals and then connects the appropriate tech tools because her style encourages learning by doing.
Meg is a teacher, keynote speaker, and author of seven books. After twelve years in the classroom teaching and coaching, Meg volunteered on her local school board, facilitated grant projects, and continued researching and writing about best practices. Meg has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and her book, Creating a Digital-Rich Classroom, which received an honorable mention in the education category for the 2010 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards.
Meg travels globally, sharing her passion about real change in the classroom. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband Brian, and sons Danny and Patrick as well as her golden retriever, Sonoma. Contact Meg today to bring lasting change to your school district on Twitter @megormi