Day #5 Challenge – Use Applied Digital Skills
Thank you for sharing all the great ideas this week for learners of all ages and subject areas. Now it’s time to enroll your students and use Applied Digital Skills! Welcome to the Applied Digital Skills Week Day #5 Challenge.
(Just tuning in? Read about Applied Digital Skills Week and see past challenges here.)
Day #5 Challenge: Use Applied Digital Skills
Yes, it’s that simple (and yet the most important step). Today’s challenge is to enroll your students and use Applied Digital Skills in your classroom! (Can’t do it today? No problem. Read more below.)
To enter the daily challenge contest, share a story, screenshot of student work, photo, or video about your students’ use of Applied Digital Skills. Share on Twitter with the hashtags #GrowWithGoogle and #EdTechTeam.
We’ll choose one winner today to receive a bundle of FIVE Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Viewers. We’ll DM you on Twitter if you’ve won!
Example tweet (Thank you Terri!):
But wait, you might say, what if I’m not quite ready to use it TODAY? That’s ok! This is an extended challenge…
Use Applied Digital Skills with your students by Friday, May 11th and you’ll receive:
- An Applied Digital Skills digital badge for you and your students,
- An invitation for your class to an exclusive YouTube Live with a surprise Googler,
- Entry into our drawing for one of TWO free EdTechTeam Summit tickets or THREE Google Home Minis.
Simply let us know here that you’ve used the curriculum with your students in this form:
Using Applied Digital Skills with Students
This week, you’ve created a class, been a learner, explored the curriculum, and adapted an activity for your learning targets. You’re ready to enroll your students and get started! Today, we’ll share a few things you may want to know about enrolling your students and using the instructor resources.
For a video walkthrough, watch Getting Started with Applied Digital Skills (Monday’s webinar).
If you’ve created an Applied Digital Skills class, you will have noticed the class code.
When students go to Applied Digital Skills and log in, they will choose, “I am a learner”, and then enter your class code.
Important – Your students can access the curriculum without signing in. If you want to track their progress and see their responses to the activity reflections, you must do the steps above!
Speaking of student progress, the instructor dashboard is where you can check that. Click on your class and you will see 4 tabs across the top. Click Learners to see a list of your students. By default, the unit you are looking at is the If-Then Adventure Stories, but you can click the drop-down menu to look at a different unit. Here you will see check marks showing videos students have watched.
Click on Data to see your students answers to the end of activity reflections. You can see combined data and individual responses.
Getting your students started
There are a couple of things you should know as you get your students going in Applied Digital Skills. First of all, when your students first log in, they will be taken to the first unit If-Then Adventure Stories by default. If you want your students to do a different unit, you have two options:
- Show students how to click “Activities” at the top and then choose a different unit. (See image below. Feel free to copy paste this image into your instructions for students.)
- Or you can give students a direct link to the unit you want them to work on using Google Classroom or any method you use to share resources with students. (But make sure they are logged in so that you can track their progress!)
How to choose a different unit:
Speaking of Google Classroom
One thing you can’t see directly within the Applied Digital Skills environment is your students work. Each unit asks students to create various docs, slides, sheets, maps and more. In order to view their work, they will need to share things with you OR you can create an assignment in Google Classroom as you would any other assignment. If students create their work from a Classroom assignment, you will be able to watch their progress!
Getting Started Slides for Teachers and Students
Who wants this information in Slides format? Me, me, me! These slides include the information above AND MORE including slides you can use to get your students enrolled in a course. Feel free to copy these slides and use with your students. These are also useful if you’re leading a workshop for teachers!
Even more resources!
- Eric Curts from Control Alt Achieve wrote this great overview blog post about Applied Digital Skills. He’s leading training on using the curriculum in May; check it out to see if he’ll be near you.
- Here is a one page PDF about Applied Digital Skills you could share with your school community.
- Applied Digital Skills FAQ
Did you miss the live events this week? No worries, everything is recorded.
We can’t THANK YOU enough for your participation this week! You are building a movement around using this great free resource for the benefit of students everywhere. Keep sharing with us and each other at #GrowWithGoogle and #EdTechTeam.
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