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I teach an Integrating Technology Into the Classroom course for the Boise State Universities EdTech graduate program.  As part of the course, students are given a choice menu of options for integrating technology into their respective content areas.  One of these choices is to develop a Mobile Learning Lesson Plan.  This is the template they are asked to follow:

  • Background
    • Content Area:
    • Title:
    • Grade Level or Target Group:
  • Pre Planning
    • Big Idea(s):
    • Essential Questions:
    • Objectives:
  • Lesson Opening
    • Lesson Opening (The Hook): Include a least one content-area app to gain students’ interest.
  • Lesson Body
    • Explanation: Include at least one content-area app that provides an explanation of the concepts
    • Check for Understanding: Include at least one content-area app “tests” student knowledge of the concepts.
    • Extended Practice: Include at least one content-area app that assists students in getting more practice in applying content-related concepts.
  • Closing
    • Lesson Closing: Include at least one content-area app that assists students creating a project – producing a project that integrates and demonstrates the lesson’s concepts.

What follows are some examples from students who selected this option.

Language Arts

Poetry In Motion

Big Idea(s):

  • Poetry is “Found” Everywhere
  • The  Power of Expression (word choice / word combinations)

Essential Questions:

  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge states, “Poetry: the best words in the best order.” Why is word choice especially important to poetry?
  • Marshall Mcluhan states, “The medium is the message.”  Does the “medium” influence how the message is perceived?

Full Lesson:

Mobile Learning for Writing

Big Idea:

  • Different pre-planning and organization methods are used based on the reasons for writing and the intended audience.

Essential Questions:

  • How does the style and genre we choose to write in effect the message?
  • How do different organization structures support different writing genres?

Full Lesson:

Writing a Paragraph

Big Idea:

  • Begin by brainstorming, move on to main idea and supporting details, conclusion, and eventually write a complete how-to paragraph.

Essential Question:

  • Why do writers need to make sure their writing is effective?

Full Lesson:

Sight Word Writing for Kindergarten

Big Idea:

  • Learning and practicing sight words helps students not only read at grade level, but also helps students express their ideas to produce pieces of legible, coherent writing.

Essential Questions:

  • What does the word start with?
  • What do you hear at the beginning?
  • What sounds do you hear?
  • What do you need in between your words when writing a sentence?

Full Lesson:

English Language Learning

English through Social Media on a Mobile Phone

Big Idea:

  • Language learners can improve their English language skills and increase their global awareness by interacting with English-based, social media platforms.

Essential Questions:

  • How can language learners express their ideas and opinions in response to authentic social media discourse?
  • To what extent can language learners accurately express their ideas and opinions in response to authentic social media discourse?
  • Can this type of lesson help language learners such as those students in the Academic Bridge Program achieve course learning objectives?

Full Lesson:


Money Management Mobile Learning Activity

Big Idea:

  • Mobile apps allow students anytime/anywhere access to money managementinformation and tools.

Essential Questions:

  • What are the core concepts that make up money management?
  • What can one do to better manage their money?


  • Students learn concepts of money management.
  • Students increase their ability in money management.
  • Students are more confident when it comes to managing their money.

Full Lesson:

Solving Multiple Step Equations: Mobile Device Lesson

Big Idea:

  • Students will be able to undo the math operations and keep the equation balanced to solve for the variable.

Essential Questions:  

  • What is the process to solve for the missing variable?
  • Is there a pattern in solving for the variable?
  • How does PEMDAS work when solving for the missing variable?

Full Lesson:

Art and Design

Digital Restaurant Flyer

Big Idea:

Using mobile technology, learners will develop conceptual, organizational, marketing, and artistic skills while producing a tangible digital composition in a real-world, design scenario.

Essential Questions:

  • How can mobile technology be used to create an artistic design?
  • How can mobile technology be used to develop an individual’s conceptual, developmental, and artistic skills?
  • How can multiple mobile technologies be combined to make one, cohesive artistic design?
  • How does the style and content of a design affect the overall perception and effectiveness of a marketing piece?
  • What role does organization play in executing a design from the development of a design to the final delivery?

Full Lesson:

Written by Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

November 24, 2012 at 3:41 pm

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