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Google's Applied Digital Skills


Tech Product/Equipment:
Computer and projector, Mobile devices for students

Activity Description

Home page for Applied Digital Skills
Source: Applied Digital Skills (License: Protected by Copyright (c) [i.e. screenshot])

In this series of video lessons, students learn how to use Google Slides in making a personal introduction presentation to the class. 

Applied Digital Skills is a free curriculum designed to help students learn digital skills while using them in practical life applications like budgeting, planning an event, or writing. It is video-based and easy to use.


  1. Go to Google Applied Digital Skills.
  2. Select Start Teaching at the top. Scroll down to learn more about the site and check out their most popular lessons.
  3. Preview the variety of lessons available to you and your class.
  4. You can use your Gmail account to make an account.
  5. Select the lesson, Create a Presentation, "All About a Topic."
  6. Print instructions sheet (see the example document)
  7. Make a poster with your class code number on it.
  8. After watching the videos, create an introduction of yourself to show students an example.


  1. Discuss the importance of digital skills in everyday life, at school and in the workplace.
  2. Introduce Applied Digital Skills.
  3. Discuss the assignment: Create a three slide presentation introducing yourself to the class. Show the example presentation you created introducing yourself.
  4. Demonstrate how to enroll in Applied Digital Skills.
  5. Hand out the printed instructions.
  6. Assist students as they enroll in the site.
  7. Set a date when students will present their presentations to the class.

Teacher Tips

A day or two ahead let students know to bring their own headphones if you do not have enough for every student or if you prefer students using their own sets.

More Ways

There are over 160 lessons here. Some include Use Digital Tools for Everyday Tasks, Learn New Vocabulary with Flash Cards, Revise and Edit a Piece of Writing, Write Using Online Research, Manage a Project with Digital Tools, Track Your Monthly Expenses, Use Google to Get a New Job, Send Professional Emails, Start a Resume in Google Docs and many more. Google is creating new lessons all the time.

Program Areas

  • ABE: Adult Basic Education
  • ESL: English as a Second Language
  • ASE: High School Diploma
  • CTE: Career Technical Education


  • Intermediate
  • High
  • All Levels
  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced

Lesson Plan


Lead a discussion about technology in our everyday lives. Have students pair off and discuss what life was like before the computer. On a whiteboard share ideas. Or post on Padlet, on a shared Google Slides, for Flipgrid the ideas discussed.


Today getting a job requires digital skills. Not just for jobs but for shopping, and school. Google has created a website of lessons organized around themes. Some are collections like Back to School or Google Workspace Training but they also include Digital Creativity and Online Communiciation. Through videos Google walks students though assignments that teach the digital skills needed to use the technology as they work on assignments.

Go to the website. Demonstrate the site. Students turn to each other and discuss ways to use this site. Students pairs suggest possible lessons that would be interesting/needed by the class.

Make a list on the shared Google slides for future assignments.

(for students to track their progress through the course and be able to submit their work they will need to create accounts, for teachers to view the submitted work they will need to create an account.)

Engagement Enhancement

As pairs or small groups, students go to the website. Have students who have successfully gotten onto the website assist other students.

Students explore the lesson choices by going to Browse Lessons at the top. After Collection ideas Lessons can be sorted on the right by Most Popular, Most Recent, Alphabetical. On the left Students can use Filters to gather or limit choices by Audience (includes Adult Learners) Digital Tool (includes Google tools such as Calendar, Drawings, Maps, Search, Slides etc) and Topic (art, business, English and Language Arts, Math, Study Skills etc.) Discuss ways to use the lessons.

Return to the list of technology used in our everyday lives. Are there lessons that match our class needs?

Demonstrate the project (Create a Presentation Introducing Yourself) by showing a slide presentation introducing yourself.


Engagement Enhancement
  1. Select the lesson, Create a Presentation "all About a Topic."
  2. The class/student assignment is to create slide presentations introducing yourselves. As pairs, work together through the slide lessons:
    1. Introduction to Create a Presentation All About a Topic
    2. choose a Theme, Insert Slides, and Add a Title
    3. Add Images and Text
    4. Add Animations and Transitions
    5. Digitally Share and Comment
    6. Create a Presentation All About a Topic
    7. Quiz (optional)
  3. As student teams go through the lessons, discuss any questions.


Engagement Enhancement
  1. Students create an introduction slide set. (steps 2-4)
  2. Share the slides with their partner/group. Make suggestions/comments. (step 5)
  3. Students  work to create presentations introducing themselves. (step 6) 
Engagement Enhancement

Students share presentations introducing themselves with the class. Discuss and make comments on each presentation. What digital skills were displayed in each presentation?

Using a Google Form, list student name and suggestions for the students' presentations .

Engagement Enhancement Extension

After examining this site, what are some more lessons we can use in our class to learn more digital skills?

Look at the list of digital skills used/needed in our lives. Are there lessons that assist us in accomplishing these life tasks?

Make a class list of lessons to schedule for the future.

As a final reflection, each student write a paragraph discussing which Applied Digital Skills Lesson they want to go through and why.



  • Electives
    • Intro to Computers
  • English Language Arts
    • English 1-4
  • Language Arts - Reading
    • Comprehension
  • Language Arts - Writing
    • Organization of Ideas
  • Reading
    • Consumer Skills
    • Employability
    • Learning to Learn
  • Writing
    • Report Writing

CTE Anchor Standards

  • Anchor Standard 1: Academics - Analyze and apply appropriate academic standards required for successful industry sector pathway completion leading to postsecondary education and employment. Refer to the industry sector alignment matrix for identification of standards.
  • Anchor Standard 2: Communications - Language Standard: Acquire and accurately use general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the (career and college) readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
  • Anchor Standard 3: Career Planning and Management - Speaking and Listening Standard: Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.
  • Anchor Standard 4: Technology - Writing Standard: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments and information.
  • Anchor Standard 5: Problem Solving and Critical Thinking - Writing Standard: Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem, narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate, and synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.


  • Reading
    • CCR Anchor 1 - Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
    • CCR Anchor 4 - Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
    • CCR Anchor 7 - Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • Writing
    • CCR Anchor 4 - Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • Speaking and Listening
    • CCR Anchor 4 - Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • Language
    • CCR Anchor 4 - Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
    • CCR Anchor 6 - Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.


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