PhoneBrain has developed a teaching resource pack focusing on developing ICT skills and learning about how premium-rate numbers are used to monetize apps. Students will consider how apps are created.
- To learn about the phone-paid services that can be paid for by charging the cost to a phone bill or pre-pay account.
- To recognise that newer technologies, such as apps, also have charges.
- To learn about wireframing as the initial stages of app development and to get students thinking about ICT in terms of an opportunity to be entrepreneurial.
- To identify what you can do if you have a problem with a phone-paid service.
- To learn how to identify which phone-paid services have risks and those which can be enjoyed with confidence.
- To inspire and encourage and prepare students to submit entries to the PhoneBrain awards.
Mobile phone technology is moving fast and learning about phone-paid services is a great way of putting ICT skills into a practical context.
This lesson plan can be used separately to, or in conjunction with, other PhoneBrain lesson plans. You may wish to combine this lesson plan as a project with the PhoneBrain Business lesson in which students can explore ideas for a phone-paid mobile app. In addition, we have developed a PSHE lesson plan, which focuses on developing personal finance understanding and awareness of e-safety issues.
All PhoneBrain resources have been written and reviewed by teachers for teachers. We are especially thankful to Matt Cox for working with us to produce the resource. We would also like to thank all the teachers who have given us feedback and helped us produce the final lesson pack.