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WEBLOG: Giving 21st Century Students a Voice Through Blogging

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Juan Manuel Martínez  
Regina Trevino  

Learn about a semester-long project in which 10th-grade ELA students created an online blog. During the construction of the blog, students learn and apply persuasive communication skills to create meaningful and relevant content in the form of articles, video TED Talks and podcast episodes.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Windows, Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Participants are encouraged to download the following apps or have access to the following sites: Garage Band,, Soundcloud, Spotify, iMovie, Youtube, Wix, Site123, Google Sites, Photoshop, Canva, Adobe Spark Post.

However, not having access to them will not impede their full participation in and enjoyment of the presentation.

Topic: Storytelling/multimedia
Grade level: 9-12
Subject area: ESL, Language arts
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students develop, test and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process.
Digital Citizen
  • Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
Additional detail: Student presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

By the end of the presentation, teachers and administrators will leave with concrete ideas of how to successfully lead students in the creation of an online blog that contains written, audio and video content that showcases ELA skills while at the same time empowering students in the use of digital technological tools in order to become influential 21st century communicators.

Participants will get first hand knowledge of the instructions, rubrics and methodology used by the teacher to guide students throughout the creation of the project.
Participants will also learn about the specific platforms used in the creation of the blog such as Wix, Site123 and Google Sites; as well as tools for graphic design like Photoshop, Canva, and Adobe Spark Post. Participants will also learn about various tools used by students in the creation, editing and publishing of videos such as iMovie and Youtube, and of podcasts such as Anchor.Fm, GarageBand, Soundcloud and Spotify.
Finally, participants will get a global vision into how all of these platforms can be utilized by the teacher and students, and how this results in a smooth and successful creation of influential and positive digital content, and transforms students into empowered learners and communicators.

Supporting research

Fernandez, V., Simo, P., & Sallan, J. M. (2009). Podcasting: A new technological tool to facilitate good practice in higher education. Computers & education, 53(2), 385-392.

Pifarré, M., Guijosa, A., & Argelagós, E. (2014). Using a blog to create and support a community of inquiry in secondary education. E-Learning and Digital Media, 11(1), 72-87.

Ahluwalia, G. (2018). Students’ perceptions on the use of TED talks for English language learning. Language in India, 18(12), 80-86.

TEDEd's "TED Student Talks Program", contains a complete process that guides educators so that they can teach students how to build their own TED Talk, and therefore acquire a voice of their own in expressing big ideas -

NPR's "Student Podcast Challenge" which encourages teenage students to create their own podcast, was used as guide and inspiration for the creation of podcasts for the student blogs -

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Juan Manuel Martínez, Prepa Anahuac Campus San Agustin
Regina Trevino, Preparatoria Anáhuac Campus San Agustín

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