Lesson 1- All about your Phone

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Learning Objectives

  • Understand the main features of mobile phones.
  • Gain a greater appreciation of the potential and power of mobile phones.
  • Consider the benefits of different phone features to make an informed choice when buying a phone.

Learning Outcomes

Must be able to identify the features of a mobile phone and discuss these features. (Level 5)

Should be able to select mobile phones for people’s different needs. They will be able to identify different ways of exchanging data using mobile phones. (Level 6)

Could be able to explain why a particular mobile phone is suitable for a particular user’s needs. They will be able to explain the different ways of exchanging data using mobile phones. (Level 7)


Leading Brands Of Smart Phones...A collection of smartphones, from left, a Samsung Galaxy S, an Apple Inc. iPhone 4, a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, a Blackberry 9700, and an HTC Desire, are arranged for a photograph in London, U.K., on Wednesday, July 7, 2010. Global smartphone sales will rise 36 percent to 247 million in 2010, ISuppli Corp. said in April. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Words to learn: Bluetooth, 3G, GPS, WiFi, Resolution, DPI.

Starter – The rapid evolution of the phone

The mobile phone has only been with us for a short time.  Let’s discuss the following questions as a class.

  • What features do you think someone using a phone in 1998 would be surprised to see in a modern phone?
  • What do you think a multifunctional device is?  Is a smartphone a multifunctional device?  Why?
  • How do you decide what mobile phone to buy?
  • Does a person’s job have an effect on what phone they might buy?
  • What different communication methods are available on a modern smartphone?
  • What are the potential dangers with these different communication methods?
  • Are mobile phones now a must have device?  Justify your answer!

Have a read of this short section of a Computing textbook – your teacher will discuss some of the points with the class.  Have a go at the knowledge check at the end of it – what have you learned so far?


Main – Task 1 – Research

In a PowerPoint presentation, find out and describe in your own words what the following features of a modern mobile phone are:

  • Bluetooth
  • 3G
  • 4G
  • GPS
  • WiFi
  • Camera Megapixels
  • Screen Resolution and DPI
  • Mobile Operating System
  • MicroSD card
  • USB connector
  • Lightning connector

Make sure your PowerPoint presentation is interesting looking and uses pictures where appropriate.

Main – Task 2 – World Traveller.

Most of the world uses a standard called GSM (Global System for Mobile communications) – what would happen if every country had their own standard?  Have you been abroad with your mobile phone?  Which countries have you been to and did your phone work?

Add into your PowerPoint presentation information in your own words about the following:

  • What GSM is
  • Which countries use the 900 or 1800MHz GSM band
  • Which countries use the 850 or 1900MHz GSM band
  • Dual band phones
  • Tri band phones
  • Quad band phones
  • What type of phone you would recommend to someone who travels across the world a lot

Make sure your PowerPoint presentation is interesting looking and uses pictures where appropriate.

PLENARY – Recommendation

Based upon what you have found out, look at the problem below: