Monday, March 27, 2017

Free Technology Curriculum from Google

Looking for Lesson Plans to Teach Google to Secondary Students? 

CS-First from Google has the answer

CS-First from Google has recently published video-based lessons for teaching Google to grades 7-12 students. This course uses instructional videos and creative projects to teach students how to use G Suite applications. Students will develop digital literacy through creative projects.

Getting Started as a Teacher:

  • Click this link CS-First from Google to sign up.
  • Click on Get Started 
  • You need to sign in as a Teacher first.
  • You will be prompted to connect to your Google account (use your and school. 
  • Next you will create a class and be given a class code for students.

Benefits and Features:

  • Prepares students for future careers. Prepare them with practices like communication, collaboration, and research
  • Contains project-based curriculum that allows students to apply their new skills to real, relevant problems.
  • Teaches students to behave ethically online. Digital citizenship is embedded in the lessons and encourages student to use technology tools safely and responsibly.
  • Utilize the videos for a blended learning model in order to give individualized attention and foster student growth.
  • Personalizes learning for students by giving them the opportunity to explore their interests, use their strengths, and develop important skills and ideas.
  • Students gain computational thinking and programming skills along with creative problems solving.
  • Lessons are more than "how-to" use an application. Students express ideas, collaborate with others, analyze and solve problems, and create.


As a teacher, you will have access to the following:
  • Materials
  • Teachers' Guide
  • Lesson Plans
  • Student Progress
There are currently six units available in the course:
  • Unit 1: If-Then Adventure Stories
  • Unit 2: Research and Develop a Topic
  • Unit 3: Plan an Event
  • Unit 4: Guide to an Area
  • Unit 5: Plan and Budget
  • Unit 6: Explore Creare Communicate [Beta]
Each unit contains a series of activities Starting with an Introduction or Explore and ending with a Wrap-Up.

Additional Options from CS-First

Each CS First club is based on a real-world theme and offers about 10 hours worth of lessons and activities. The different club themes aim to attract and engage students of varying backgrounds and interests. All materials are targeted at students in 4th - 8th grades (or between the ages of 9 - 14) and are free and easy to use.

Check out this resource to see how you can infuse these lessons into your curriculum to help students shape a successful future. 
Please contact your Ed Tech Coach if you need support.

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