WEBLOG: Giving 21st Century Students a Voice Through Blogging
Participate and share : Poster
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:||Principals/head teachers, Teachers, Curriculum/district specialists|
|Attendee devices:||Devices required|
|Attendee device specification:||Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
|Participant accounts, software and other materials:||Participants are encouraged to download the following apps or have access to the following sites: Garage Band, Anchor.fm, 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.
|Subject area:||ESL, Language arts|
|ISTE Standards:||For Students:
|Additional detail:||Student presentation|
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.
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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 - https://ed.ted.com/student_talks
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 - https://www.npr.org/studentpodcastchallenge#res771899036