Lesson Plan

(Doherty, 2007)

(Doherty, 2007)

The next addition to my Blog, is my lesson plan. My aim throughout this lesson is to enhance the lesson objectives by integrating digital technologies. Interactive whiteboards and IPads have been incorporated to engage the students. The interactive whiteboard supports teacher led demonstrations and the students use it as a manipulative. Willers (n.d.) argue the educational benefits of an interactive whiteboard are endless, moreover, it is an invaluable tool for 21st century instruction. The IPad is themain digital resource assimilated into the body of the lesson. The IPad offers endless authentic and virtual learning experiences. Integrating IPads into classrooms aims to minimise the digital divide,  from children who have internet access at home and those who do not (Howell, 2013). 

(Wainwright, n.d.)

(Wainwright, n.d.)

The application Geobard (https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/geoboard-by-math-learning/id519896952?mt=8)  is the focal point of the lesson. IPads offer learning opportunities such as making videos, internet research, class blogs, art classes, making music and promote Global citizenship by enabling students to communicate with students on the other side of the world (Pearson, 2010). I feel the digital technologies in this lesson enhance the learning experience and cradle the learning objectives.   


Teaching Episode – Template


Year: 4 Mathematics


Lesson objective: Identify similar shapes via digital and non-digital technologies. Apply and compare areas of shapes by examining measurements.


1 Hour lesson


General Capabilities-:

–       Information and Communication Technologies

–       Personal and social capabilities

–       Critical and creative thinking


–          Interactive whiteboard with Topmarks Maths activity downloaded

–          IPads with Geoboard uploaded on each device

–          You Tube video downloaded on whiteboard on Geoboard. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55qKjUx5EPQ

–          Handout with blank graph for students to display their results



Australian Curriculum Content Descriptors

Create symmetrical patterns, pictures and shapes with and without digital technologies (ACMMG091)

Learn to measure

Use scaled instruments to measure and compare lengths, masses, capacities and temperatures (ACMMG084)

Prior Knowledge-

  • Familiar with a variety of shapes, interactive whiteboard lesson introducing them to new shapes, students then had an opportunity to use straws as manipulatives to recreate the shapes they had just learnt.


Introduction- 15 Mins

  • Students sit on central carpet for collaborative discussion. Revise shape concepts and introduce measurement concepts such as how to measure the lengths of each side of a shape- using interactive whiteboard activity by Topmarks (2014) collaborative student led activity the teacher can scaffold and guide higher learning by asking higher order questions.


Main Body of lesson- 30 Mins

  • Show a brief Youtube video on how to use the application Geoboard on the Ipad.
  • Teacher led demonstration using the IPad application Geoboard
  • Split students into pairs, one Ipad per student pair
  • Write a list of shapes on the board for students to create/measure
  • Results to be listed on handout provided


Conclusion- 15 Mins

  •  Sitting back on central carpet reflect on lesson objectives. Asking the following questions to initiate collaborative student led discussion-: Did the Ipad application assist them to understand the nature of shapes? Why? Do they prefer to measure on the Ipad of manually? Why? Which shape is the easiest to measure? Why? Do they know of any other IPad games or applications that they have used in the past that relate to measurement? Do they have any suggestions of alternative ways we could practice our measurement skills?



Follow up lesson options

  • Moving into more complex shapes with Geoboard, putting two shapes together and calculating measurements.



  • Formative assessment through observation whilst working in pairs, and from collecting the handouts.
  • Take anecdotal notes of student’s individual competence with measurement to address who may need additional support.





Doherty, P. (2007). Schools to install digital whiteboards. Retrieved from



Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT. Oxford University Press; South Melbourne, VIC.


Pearson. (2010). IPads in the classroom. Retrieved from



Wainwright, A. (2012). 7 policy tips for deploying Ipads in the classroom. Retrieved from



Willers, K. (n.d.). Out smarting the interactive whiteboard. Retrieved from



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