Google for Education offers a free online program called Applied Digital Skills. This program provides a curriculum with a wide variety of lessons including coding, collaboration, communication, financial skills, job skills, math and language arts, online safety, study skills and others. Students watch short video lessons and tutorials, and apply those skills using either google sheets or docs to demonstrate their knowledge. Students share their work online by submitting them digitally to their teachers for review.
Palm Springs Unified has implemented a Financial Literacy pilot program in several middle and high schools using Applied Digital Skills. Many students, especially in the high schools have voiced an interest in learning how to better manage their finances. These students are concerned about falling into debt and having to struggle like their parents. They want to be prepared for the real world when they live on their own. The pilot has been a success and many teachers and students find value in learning these skills. We may consider expanding the content of these lessons and offer it as a permanent part of the curriculum.
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