Lesson Planning for Apps & ICT

Without proper planning, technology can often consume the learning. This section is dedicated to resources that will help teachers plan and incorporate mobile device apps and resources into classroom practice. These materials are designed in such a way that they are applicable to all subject areas and are intended as methods to help gather and share good practice.

The 5 Minute Lesson Plan (for Apps & ICT)

The concept of a ‘5 minute lesson plan’ is popular in England and is recognised by Ofsted as an effective planning method for normal classroom practice. It works on the basis of ‘Not a LESSON PLAN but evidence of a PLANNED LESSON’. At The AmmA Centre, we have taken the concept of a 5 Minute Plan and specifically tailored it to mobile devices. Rather than re-writing planners to suit new technology, this approach provides a quick fire, interim method to supplement and tailor existing lesson plans for mobile devices. The process has been trialled with a number of schools who have adapted mobile devices and has proven very popular. Remember: its not all about the technology, try to factor in traditional teaching methods and tools as part of your lesson! See TPACK video

Have a look at our presentation that complements Lesson Planning for Mobile Devices.

Lesson Template

Lesson Plan Notes

Sample Lesson 1

Sample Lesson 2

Background Info

Using the 5 minute lesson plan, you can quickly illustrate the planning that has went into your lesson. It is a popular technique and is well represented with resources and examples online. (www.tes.co.uk and Twitter: @teachertoolkit). Its lightweight approach to lesson planning lends itself well to technology with a particular emphasis on mobile technology, apps and digital resources. In these situations, the 5 Minute Lesson Plan is intended as supplementary to existing planning provisions in a way that illustrates that thought has been given to each particular application of technology and emphasizes the teachers attempt to embed the technology into their classroom practice in a meaningful way.

1: The Big Picture: This section is your opportunity to link your lesson plan into the rest of your term/years work. It should create a clear picture of where/how it fitsin.

2: Learning Intentions: Quickly outlines the learning intentions for this piece of work. Maybe an opportunity to further relate the lesson to other, ongoing work.

3: Apps/Resources: Use this box to simply identify the apps, digital resources, websites or other technology that this lesson will make use of.

4: Justify: An immediate follow up to the Apps/Resources section, use this space to make justifications for how this technology is of benefit to this lesson. Make references to ‘Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities Framework’ and possibly Blooms Taxonomy.

5: Learning Episodes: This section should outline the progression of learning in this

  • lesson by mapping it out in ‘Learning Episodes’. Indicate whether the
  • episodes are ‘teacher led’ or ‘student led’.

6: Differentiation: Use this section to show that you have catered for different levels of capability within your class group. Note: based on teacher feedback, we intend to change this section to ‘Evaluation’ to allow teachers to reflect on the effectiveness of the planned lesson.


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