Mobile phone

One of a series of lessons, exploring  the relationship between textual features; comparing information and ideas, analysing a range of straightforward and complex texts on a range of topics;  organising own writing to convey clear meaning, establishing cohesion and communicating ideas and opinions clearly, coherently and effectively with a particular focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar; demonstrating role as an active participant in group discussions through valuable cont

Level
Level 1
Level 2
English
FE L1.5 Express opinions and arguments and support them with evidence
FE L1.6 Follow / understand discussions & make contributions relevant to situation & subject
FE L2.5 Communicate information, ideas & opinions clearly / effectively, with further detail / development if required
FE L1.10 Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts
FE L1.11 Identify meanings in texts and distinguish between fact and opinion
FE L1.15 Infer from images meanings not explicit in the accompanying text
FE L1.16 Recognise vocabulary typically associated with specific types and purposes of texts (e.g. formal, informal, instructional, descriptive, explanatory and persuasive)
FE L1.17 Read and understand a range of specialist words in context
FE L2.15 Use a range of reference materials and appropriate resources (e.g. glossaries, legends/keys) for different purposes, including to find the meanings of words in straightforward and complex sources
FE L2.18 Follow an argument, identifying different points of view and distinguishing fact from opinion
L1.22 Communicate information, ideas and opinions clearly, coherently and accurately
FE L1.23 Write text of an appropriate level of detail and of appropriate length (including where this is specified) to meet the needs of purpose and audience
FE L1.24 Use format, structure and language appropriate for audience and purpose
L2.23 Communicate information, ideas and opinions clearly, coherently and effectively
FE L2.24 Write text of an appropriate level of detail and of appropriate length (including where this is specified) to meet the needs of purpose and audience
Context
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

Resource focusing on the question 'Is the internet an addictive drug?'  The PowerPoint consists a video link and written stimulus to evoke thought and discussion.  Looking at the relationship we have with our phones versus people; our use of internet enabled devices, 'every minute of every day' and Social Media depression. 

Editor's note

In addition to being an excellent discussion prompt the PPT also includes several short texts for useful reading practice. The linked video is very powerful, relying on visual observation rather than listening skills.

Level
Level 1
Level 2
GCSE L1-5
English
FE SL&C Discussion
FE L1.1 Identify relevant information / lines of argument in explanations / presentations
FE L1.4 Communicate information / ideas / opinions clearly & accurately on range of topics
FE L1.5 Express opinions and arguments and support them with evidence
FE L1.6 Follow / understand discussions & make contributions relevant to situation & subject
FE L2.1 Identify relevant information from extended explanations or presentations
FE L2.2 Follow narratives and lines of argument
FE L2.5 Communicate information, ideas & opinions clearly / effectively, with further detail / development if required
FE L2.6 Express opinions and arguments and support them with relevant and persuasive evidence
GCSE A8 Listen and respond
Context
Mental health and psychology
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

Answers to Gordon Noblett’s phone packages resource: http://www.skillsworkshop.org/resources/mobile-phone-packages (or see below under See also).

Level
Level 1
Maths
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system

Addition and subtraction problem solving – ideal for, and fully mapped to, Entry 2 Functional Maths. Includes ideas for covering process skills.

Level
Entry Level 2
Maths
HD1/E2.1
N1/E2.7
N1/E2.4
AN N1/E2.3
Functional Maths

This task is aimed at E1-E2 learners but can be adapted to include other levels.
The resource is great to use with learners as a mobile phone is something of interest to them whilst they also complete lots of maths activities. It has numbers to 10 in digits and words, writing a cheque, extracting information, addition, different ways to make 10p, and prices.

Level
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 1
English
General literacy / English
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths
Context
Independent living
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

A City & Guilds Style practice paper – 18 questions, many with a mobile phone theme. Covers money, measures, shape & space, bar charts, estimating and rounding, tallies, fractions, multiplication, division and more. Great for homework, revision or assessment.

Level
Entry Level 3
Maths
Data Handling
Measures shape and space
Number

Practice with multiplying decimals / money – cunningly disguised as an everyday problem! Great for all level 1 students – especially teenagers. It also involves compiling results into a table.

Level
Level 1
Maths
HD1/L1.2
AN N2/L1.5 Calculate with decimals up to 2dp
AN MSS1/L1.1 Add, subtract, multiply & divide sums of money and record
Functional Maths
Context
Independent living
Electrical, Electronics & Technology