Google launches Applied Digital Skills

Need a little inspiration and seeking to add a little fun to middle, high school, college, PD or independent technology learning as this school year opens? Google just launched Applied Digital Skills, designed to help your students succeed online and prepare for their careers.  The program includes free lesson plans and digital skills videos designed for […]

Screen Shot 2017-08-26 at 8.33.04 AMNeed a little inspiration and seeking to add a little fun to middle, high school, college, PD or independent technology learning as this school year opens?

Google just launched Applied Digital Skills, designed to help your students succeed online and prepare for their careers.  The program includes free lesson plans and digital skills videos designed for an evolving job market. You’ll want to share these with your computer science department, your technology clubs and integrate them into your own program. If yours is a Google using or Google Classroom school, this is going to be a perfect match.

You’ll notice significant resonance with the skills we address daily as teacher librarians. Most recognize the importance of opportunities for choice and collaboration and audience, as well as the importance of reflection on the learning. Among the skills covered are:

  • Researching a topic
  • Creating a report
  • Communication
  • Spreadsheet formulas
  • Digital collaboration
  • Decision making
  • Presentations
  • Research strategies
  • Researching a topic
  • Creating a report
  • Communication
  • Evaluating bias
  • Programming events
  • Analyze data
  • Organize data
  • Manipulate data
  • Using data
  • Visualize data using graphs
  • Analyze data using formulas
  • Identify patterns in data
  • Debug a code
  • Spreadsheet organization
  • Spreadsheet formulas
  • Digital collaboration
  • Digital tools
  • Automate a task
Applied Digital Skills also offers a self-paced study approach for students at the high school and college and continuing education levels.

You can access the full curriculum of units here.  Each includes closed-caption downloadable video introductions, time recommended to complete, a list of skills covered, instructions, engaging scaffolded activities, and rubrics. Teachers can sign in with their Google logins to create dashboards.

Notice how the array of units engages the multiple interests of students and involves them in seriously useful day-to-day skills, as well as college and career readiness:

Here’s the intro for Pick the Next Box Office Hit

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As I looked through the units I recognized the value of ungluing some of them for use in other learning activities or for review. For instance, here’s a video on Google’s Advanced Search from the unit on Research and Develop a Topic.  (I do wish the videos were embeddable.)

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I know you will discover many ways to use Applied Digital Skills with your secondary students and faculty this new school year, both in formal and in informal learning!

Note: If you work with younger students, check out Google’s CS-First Clubs program. (See this post.)

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