So, before I actually sat the Level 1 test but after I signed up for it, I decided that I should just take the bull by the horns, take advantage of the holidays and get my Level 2 as well. Whilst this entailed a bit of extra studying, in many ways the learning from both levels really complemented each other and it was not an enormous stretch to manage the extra study load.
What is it for?
Level 2 is intended to take the fundamentals you learned in Level 1 and apply them to “cutting-edge” classroom integration ideas. In some ways I found this course actually to be a bit easier, focused as it was on the “why” behind the use of each tool: good pedagogy of the type we all demonstrate at BIS definitely stands you in good stead here! One of the things I liked about it apart from the focus on good teaching is the information about how to combine multiple apps to achieve something really outstanding for students, for example embedding Youtube videos in Forms to create a multimedia quiz with yes/no, text or multiple choice answers. Or using Forms to make a Create Your Own Adventure book!
How do you prepare?
The preparation format is the same as for Level 1, but with 9 Units and more of a focus on trying out tools for yourself. Google has a very clever setup where they share resources and materials with you to let you try things out without having to create the content to use with each tool. Again, there are Unit Reviews that you can skip to if you think you may already know the content and you can go back and redo Units as many times as you want.
How do you get certified?
Exactly as with the Level 1 exam, with Level 2 you have a time limit of 7 days from the time that you sign up for the exam to take it, and there is a time limit of 3 hours in the exam.
The exam was again in two sections: a multiple choice/drag and drop section testing knowledge, and a practical session where you complete various tasks in GAFE based on given scenarios. Some of the questions were a little poorly worded and not clear in what they expected, but the scenarios all made perfect sense.
Is it worth it?
Again, yes. For all the same reasons as Level 1, plus you really do get very good training on how to extend your use of GAFE in a way that could benefit your classroom and teaching in a big way.
For more information, feel free to come and see me or check out the training centre.