[Google for Education] Introducing Applied Digital Skills

posted Sep 20, 2017, 4:42 AM by Dave VanLue   [ updated Sep 20, 2017, 4:42 AM ]

Google has created a free, video and project-based curriculum that is all about teaching learners key digital literacy skills as well as practical problem solving and job skills. The curriculum, called Applied Digital Skills ( is a quick and easy online curriculum that can be used to teach digital safety and citizenship, researching and developing a topic, developing a budget, planning an event and more.

And it’s doing this all through in Google’s Suite of apps in a collaborative, self-paced blended learning environments. Learners can pick and choose what they want to focus on (or be assigned particular units), and their progress can be tracked in a Student Dashboard. Lesson plans, rubrics and soon state standards alignment will be available.

It's great as a full semester curriculum, as a couple hours to fill in down time in instruction, and more. We're seeing instructors teach the Research and Develop a Topic Unit in English, homeroom, and government classes. We're also seeing instructors teach the If/Then Adventure Stories, Plan and Budget, Plan an Event and more units in a variety of class types to learners in middle school and high school.

The curriculum just received ISTE's Seal of Alignment on national technology standards, and is in the process of being aligned with your state standards so it's easy to bring into courses immediately. Instructors who sign up and start the curriculum with their students in the next few weeks will also receive a free poster for their classroom through this link and will be getting some exciting news coming up.

Let us know if you have any questions at

We'll be having a Live Stream on October 19th from 12pm-1pm CT that will feature the program team behind Applied Digital Skills - keep an eye out for an upcoming invitation!

I encourage you to share this with teachers in your district as it’s an engaging way to get learners those critical skills they need! Feel free to share with them the Getting Started Guide.

Dave VanLue,
Sep 20, 2017, 4:42 AM