Classes come to the library to learn about resources and services, and Applied Digital Skills is a great way to orient students to how to use the library and apply it to what they are learning in their classes.
Library Media Specialists can work with the subject area in which they provide orientations and add in the Applied Digital Skills Unit that maps to the skills they want to teach. Students can learn how to demonstrate their knowledge of a social studies topic while learning how to make a Google Slides presentation, or they can research a topic for an English class while learning research methods, avoiding plagiarism, and citing sources in Google docs. In the linked example, the English department assigned, Of Mice and Men. Students created three slides about the historical context. In the library, students reviewed how to use the research databases to search the topics (Salinas Valley, CA in the 1930's, Great Depression, and Migrant Workers) and the librarian led them in an exercise of quoting, paraphrasing, citing, and then submitting the work to Turnitin.com. The more time students have the more features in the Applied Digital Skills units they can cover such as animations, transitions, and more. Students do not passively sit in their seats watching demonstrations and searching with no application, but are active participants creating a presentation about topics they may know very little about which will only help them when they read the book. They are learning information literacy and technology skills too.