Classroom Rewards: Applied Digital Skills

Update 5/26/17: We've filled up the signups for the amount of funding available, so we'll take down the sign up form now.  If you've already signed up and gotten started, keep working on your modules and fill out the post-unit survey below.

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Thanks to support from our friends at Google, the first 200 9th-12th grade public school teachers who complete a unit of the Applied Digital Skills course with 75+ students by June 30, 2017, can earn $300 in funding for their classroom.  Each participating teacher is eligible to receive one $300 DonorsChoose.org gift card, to support the classroom library, field trip, or new technology students have been dreaming of.

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 an in-school, self-paced blended learning environment where students practice life skills while collaborating and creating projects.

The lessons are completely free and the video-based tutorials provide learners in high school and beyond with the critical thinking and digital skills they need to succeed. Teachers facilitate the course using provided lesson plans and can track student progress along the way.

How to qualify for rewards

1. Fill out this one-minute signup form [Link has been removed]. The first 200 teachers to sign up will be eligible for rewards, and we will update this page and close the signup form after achieving this number of signups. Once you complete the signup form, you are all set to move on to the next steps below - no need to wait for a confirmation email.

2. Visit this page and create your teacher account. You'll need a gmail email address to sign up. (Don't have one?  Never fear--they're free and easy to create!)

3. Add your school's location

4. Follow the prompts to create a course and enroll your students:

5. Click on the Curriculum tab at the top of any screen to peruse the five units available. To be eligible for rewards, you should complete any one full unit (though of course you are welcome to do more) with at least 75 students. The units vary widely in instructional time required, so keep in mind how much time you have left this school year.

If-Then Adventure Stories

2-3 Hours

Research and Develop a Topic

3-4.5 Hours

Plan an Event

6-8.5 Hours

Guide to an Area

4-5.5 Hours

Plan and Budget

5-7 Hours

Technology, Ethics, and Security

3-5 Hours

 

6. Teach the unit! Be sure to wrap by June 30, 2017 or when your school year ends.

7. Fill out this post-unit survey by July 3, 2017.

As part of the survey, you’ll be asked to link to a folder with 5+ anonymized student work samples from the unit. We will share your survey responses with the our friends at Google as part of the verification process - but rest assured none of this information will be used to contact you or identify you or your students.

8. We’ll email you your $300 DonorsChoose.org gift code by July 14, 2017.