digital blogging books

Lesson Plan 6: Digital Blogging Books

Students will use their mobile phones to record their observations about design in their everyday lives and put them onto a blog. They will use their mobile phones to capture both images and audio.


Students will…

●      engage in design discourse.

●      recognise and identify design in their everyday lives.

●      explore reasons why particular designs are used in everyday life.


Mobile phone (basic or smart) with the capability to take pictures and make a phone call

Computer with Web access (blog site,


1. The teacher learns how to set up a blog so that they can show students how to set up their own blogs.

2. The teacher will create a simple handout to help students set up their own blogs.


  1. The teacher goes over mobile safety and appropriate use before beginning this lesson.
  2. The teacher gives students the handout on how to make a blog.
  3. In the computer lab (or with a class set of laptops), students create their own individual blog.
  4. The teacher shows students how to set up the mobile e-mail address and calling number (under Goodies in Tumblr). The e-mail address allows students to send text, video, or pictures from their cell phones to the blog. The calling number allows students to phone in their observations.
  5. Students are asked to put both the e-mail address and phone number into their phone contacts.
  6. The teacher explains that the purpose of the blog is to connect shapes/colours/designs in everyday life with the things they are studying in class.
  7. Then, the teacher reviews common shapes/colours/designs.
  8. The teacher next asks students to take the next few days to record and post on their Tumblr blog a few mobile pictures or movies of shapes/colours/designs they encounter during activities outside of school. Students should also call in (or text in) and describe the following:
    1. What the shape/colour/design is
    2. Why they believe that particular shape was chosen for the real-world object
  9. Back in class, the teacher asks students to open their Tumblr blogs and assess the things they previously sent.


●      Students can continue to record their observations about design in their everyday lives via pictures, video, and audio with their mobile phones and post them on their Tumblr Web logs throughout the school year. At the end of the year, students will have a running record of how what they learned in class connected to their everyday lives.

●      The teacher can have students use an online photo editor (such as that lets them “mark up” the points of interest on the image itself.

●      If students have an iPhone or Blackberry, they can use the Smartphone Apps for Tumblr (under Goodies in Tumblr).

Hints and Tips:

●      Students should make sure they have clear images of the shapes, so that they are easier to measure back in the classroom.




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