Are you looking for an innovative final project to close out the school year?
Want to do as little prep as possible?
Want $300 in funding for your classroom?
I have just the thing for you! Applied Digital Skills with Google
Digital literacy, problem-solving and creativity are often cited as essential skills for jobs of the future, but a recent Economist study reveals that among 18-25-year-olds, less than half (44%) believe that their education system is providing them with the skills that they need to enter the country’s workforce. Applied Digital Skills is a new curriculum from Google that helps to address this need. It is designed for a self-paced blended learning environment where learners practice life skills while collaborating and creating projects. The lessons are completely free and the video-based tutorials teach critical thinking and digital skills learners need to succeed. Instructors facilitate the course using provided lesson plans and can track learner progress along the way.
The first DonorsChoose.org instructors who complete one unit of Applied Digital Skills with 50+ learners can earn $300 in credits.
Though these lessons are mostly about acquiring real-world tech skills, the units are flexible and can be tweaked to fit your content. For example, the project I ran with my AVID freshman was “Guide to an Area,” in which they created a spreadsheet with places of interest for a specific city. To make this work with my content, I had them choose the location of one of their top college interests. Check out a student’s completed project HERE.
Some units take up to 9 hours to complete, but there are a couple that are only 45-90 minutes. Hello, Finals Week!
Learn more here and get started: Donor’s Choose
P.S. Don’t be dumb like me and create multiple classes, because you need at least 50 students in a single class to qualify. Darn you, fine print! Let them know I referred you when you’re done. 😉
Let me know if you give this a try!
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