Google's Applied Digital Skills is a free video-based curriculum that teaches students practical skills they need for work and life. Students watch instructional videos on the Applied Digital Skills website, then follow the steps to build a project in Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and other G Suite apps. As students progress through themed lessons, they discover how the digital skills they are practicing apply to real-world situations, such as budgeting for a big purchase, finding credible sources about a topic, or planning an event. They also learn communication, collaboration, time management, persistence, and other “soft skills” in high demand for education and jobs. There are dozens of lessons that can be done in as little as 45 minutes, with options for all grade levels (upper elementary, middle school and high school) and subjects (including social studies, ELA and more).
For educators, the Applied Digital Skills curriculum brings blended learning to the classroom. Lessons are self paced, so the learning experience is differentiated depending on each student’s individual needs and strengths. Teachers can engage one-on-one or in small groups with students as they work through the lessons to provide encouragement and praise, give extra help, and spark discussion. Teachers can also track student progress, create classes, and access lesson plans and rubrics through the Applied Digital Skills website.
Applied Digital Skills is a great way to bring digital literacy to all your classrooms and help set your students up for success.