Design an app in a day
Curriculum or enrichment
Primary or secondary
5 hours teaching
Course overview
  • This one day course takes students through a user-centred design process
  • Students begin with an idea and end with a pitch outlining their app prototype
  • See below for the course activities, student workbook, and steps to deliver
Activity 1: Agree team values
Activity 2: Review existing apps
Activity 3: Spot possible problems
Activity 4: Filter through problems
Activity 5: Draft mini elevator pitches
Activity 6: Create a user profile
Activity 7: List user needs and features
Activity 8: Map out the data processes
Activity 9: Evaluate product features
Activity 10: Design a paper prototype
Activity 11: Prepare your pitch
Student workbook
  • The printable student A4 workbook contains practical activities
  • Guides you and your students through the course
  • Fully editable, making it easy for you to adapt to meet your needs
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Review and prepare the course materials
Resource list
Watch how to deliver the course
Use these videos in one of two ways
  1. Review how to present the course and deliver each class activity
  2. Show them to your students, using them as instructional videos in the class
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Activity 1
Agree team values
10 minute activity
Activity 2
Review existing apps
10-15 minute activity
Activity 3
Spot possible problems
10-15 minute activity
Activity 4
Filter through problems
15-20 minute activity
Activity 5
Draft mini elevator pitches
5-10 minute activity
Activity 6
Create user profile
10-15 minute activity
Activity 7
List user needs and features
10-15 minute activity
Activity 8
Map out the data process
15-20 minute activity
Activity 9
Evaluate product features
15-20 minute activity
Activity 10
Design a paper prototype
20-30 minute activity
Activity 11
Prepare your pitch
15-25 minute activity
Videos from YouTube
App in a Day – Activity 1: Agree team values
Videos from Vimeo
App in a Day – Activity 1: Agree team values
Video embedded as .webm format
Present the class activities
  • Launch the presentation below to explain the activities to the students
  • All activities are in the student workbook and introduced in the presentation
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