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Classroom Rewards for Google's Applied Digital Skills curriculum

Thanks to support from our friends at Google, 6th-12th grade public school teachers who complete a unit of the Applied Digital Skills curriculum by June 30 can earn up to $300 in funding for their classroom. (And colleagues who refer new teachers who fit the bill can earn $100 in classroom funding!)

[Note that if you are an existing teacher of Applied Digital Skills, or received DonorsChoose.org funding credits for Applied Digital Skills last fall or spring, you’re welcome to complete additional units but won’t be eligible to receive additional DonorsChoose.org funding credits. But you CAN earn $100 in funding for your classroom for referring a colleague! Just remind your colleague to enter your email address in their completion form, so we know who introduced them to Applied Digital Skills.]

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.

How to qualify for rewards

  1. Create your Applied Digital Skills Instructor account. You'll need a Google account to sign up (Gmail address will work. Don't have one? They're free and easy to create!)
  2. Follow the prompts to create a class and enroll your learners with your unique class code:

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  1. Click on the Curriculum tab at the top of any screen to peruse the units available and choose which full unit you plan to completed with at least 50 learners. The units vary in instructional time required, as follows:

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

Create an Editing Tool with Programming

6-8 Hours

Pick the Next Box Office Hit

6-8 Hours

Technology’s Role in Current Events

3-4 hours

Technology at Work

3-4 hours

Equal Access to Technology

3-4 hours

Create a Presentation "All About a Topic"

1-2 hours

Create a Resume in Google Docs

1-3 hours

Research and Organize Info about Colleges in Google Sheets 

1-3 hours

 

  1. Once you’ve decided which unit to teach, fill out this fifteen minute survey. You need to sign up on this form after you’ve completed the Applied Digital Skills registration process, and you’ll be asked to provide a plan for how you will incorporate Applied Digital Skills into you classroom instruction.  As a thank-you for filling out this form, you’ll receive an initial $20 DonorsChoose.org gift code via email within two weeks of filling out the form. The first instructors to sign up will be eligible for rewards, and we will update this page and close the signup form after all available spots are filled. 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. Teach the unit! Be sure to wrap by June 30, 2018.Fill out this completion form to let us know you’ve completed the unit. As part of filling out the completion form, you’ll be asked to input the “completion code” emailed to you by Google once 50+ learners have completed a unit. It can take up to two weeks after your students finish a unit to receive your code from AppliedDigitalSkills@google.com. If everything checks out, you’ll be emailed your remaining $280 DonorsChoose.org gift code within two weeks!

 

Note that if you received DonorsChoose.org funding credits for Applied Digital Skills last fall or spring, you’re welcome to complete additional units but won’t be eligible to receive additional DonorsChoose.org funding credits.

But you CAN earn $100 in funding for your classroom for referring a colleague! Just remind your colleague to enter your email address in their completion form, so we know who introduced them to Applied Digital Skills.

FAQs

Q1: I've started teaching students the unit but some are not showing up on my Instructor Dashboard. How do I add them into the class after they started?

A1: Please have your students rejoin your course by following these steps:

1.) Go to g.co/applieddigitalskills
2.) Sign into their account
3.) Once they've signed in, have them go to this link: g.co/applieddigitalskills/role
4.) Then reselect "I am a learner"
5.) Type in your course code

Q2: My students are completing the videos and activities but they are missing checkmarks next to some activities in my Instructor Dashboard. Will I get credit for them completing the unit if there are not checkmarks for every video?

A2: Don't worry about every student having checkmarks for every video and activity on your instructor dashboard. If they are added to your course and show some activity progress, they will count toward your total for the DonorsChoose.org reward credit.

Q3: I've signed up on the DonorsChoose.org form but cannot find where to sign up with the same email address on the Applied Digital Skills website. Where do I go?

A3: There is no form on the Applied Digital Skills site to complete. You only need to register on the Applied Digital Skills site as an instructor.

Q4: Multiple teachers at my school are interested in teaching Applied Digital Skills units to our students. Is there a way for student accounts to add more than one instructor's class code?

A4: We're glad to hear that multiple teachers would like to participate in this reward program! Unfortunately, there is not a way for one student account to be associated with more than one instructor account at the same time. One work around would be to have students use a different email account for each instructor who is teaching a different unit of Applied Digital Skills. If this is not an option, you can still individually qualify for rewards. Please have one instructor reach out to us with the emails of all the teachers in your school that are teaching units of Applied Digital Skills and we will work with you to ensure our records are accurate.

Q5: When will I receive my completion code from Applied Digital Skills?

A5: When you sign up as an instructor on the Applied Digital Skills site, please opt in to being contacted for feedback, product improvement purposes, and announcements. You can change this afterward from your profile at any time. After your students join your class and show substantial progress toward unit milestones (video completions and surveys/reflections), you will receive an email from "applieddigitalskills@google.com" with your completion code to submit on the DonorsChoose.org completion form. If it has been more than two weeks since your students completed a unit, please reach out to applieddigitalskills@google.com to inquire.

 

For all other questions, please visit the Applied Digital Skills FAQ's doc.