Michelle Martínez Vega is IDRA’s chief technology strategist with more than 18 years of experience in designing, developing and administering professional development for educators at the state, regional and district levels. Her focus is driven by the desire to improve academic achievement through the use of technology. She strives to develop technology solutions that create equitable and sustainable learning environments for all students and educators. Ms. Vega will continue to create and deliver professional technology support with the hope of helping others build their technology confidence and capacity.
Key areas of Ms. Vega’s work includes designing, developing and training in technology integration, technical writing, and technology coaching and mentoring. She has served at the fourth-largest public school district in Texas, Northside ISD as a training and development technologist. She led development, implementation and support of a wide variety of district technology initiatives for the district which comprises more than 100,000 students and 8,000 professional staff. Ms. Vega also served as digital resources specialist for the Texas Education Service Center, Region 20, where she was the official representative for multiple statewide programs, including Texas SUCCESS, TexQuest, Learn421 and Digital Knowledge Central (DKC). She was responsible for all aspects of program implementation, including working with governing bodies to secure program funding and presenting at conventions, regional conferences and training events.
Ms. Vega has a bachelor of science in applied science degree and performance improvement from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, with a concentration in human performance and development improvement in the workplace, project management, web design, and digital and business communications. She also has an associate’s degree in digital media, including web and graphic design, interactive media design and instructional design, from the Alamo Colleges, Northwest Vista. She was a showcased designer at Northwest Vista for excellence in multimedia design for iPad general user interface (GUI).
Ms. Vega has led training and presentations on such topics as: augmented reality, flipped classrooms, Google apps, digital storytelling, Google labs add-ons and extensions, and iPad configuration for shared environments.
She was recognized by the Teachers Retirement System of Texas and San Antonio Water Systems in their monthly publications for data conversion project successes and acknowledged by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for excellence in program planning. She also was acknowledged by Texas Education Agency for excellence in website design.
Ms. Vega serves on the steering committee of the Digital Inclusion Alliance – San Antonio.
- Learner-Centered Digital Badging with Distance Learning, September 10, 2020
- Strategies for Increasing Girls’ Participation in STEM, October 31, 2019
- Sexual Harassment – Safe Learning Environments for All Students, February 28, 2018
- Equity and Justice for LGBTQ Students – Teacher Responsibilities, February 28, 2018
- Impact of Mass Shootings on Schools – Podcast Episode 195, September 01, 2019
- Student Voice – Chief Science Officer International Program – Podcast Episode 193, July 22, 2019
- Code-switching as a School Strategy – Podcast Episode 192, July 01, 2019
- Student Activists in High School – Podcast Episode 191, May 21, 2019
- 3 Ways to Make Schools Safe for LGBTQ Students – Podcast Episode 189, January 15, 2019
- Teacher Responsibilities in Supporting LGBTQ Students – Podcast Episode 184, August 16, 2018