Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Kia Ora Tatau!

You might have noticed I've been a little quiet here on Spark Ako. In Dec 2016 I went on Maternity leave and returned 2017 for 6 months before returning to maternity leave for baby number two's arrival. Yes, that's right I had two boisterous boys in under two years. 

Though the two boys keep me busy I'm itching to get back into the teaching and learning world. So as a way to refresh myself (& due to a timely expiration date) I've just resit my level 1 Google Certificate and completed my Level 2 Educator Certificate! 

The Level 1 Google Certificate was a great refresher to take - also great to know that I haven't forgotten everything while being out of the classroom. And as for the Level 2, some of it was (thankfully) second nature to me, and I also managed to pick up a few new tricks. Like autoCrat, an awesome way to populate a slide deck with information merged from a google form. I can imagine this would be a great icebreaker for the school year, for learners to complete an 'about me' survey which populates a slide deck to embed on the class site or blog. 

Before sitting the exam I worked my way through the 9 Units in the Google Advanced Training. Even though I was already familiar with a lot of the content, I also had a lot to learn. Also some of the terminology used in the units and exams was different so it's definitely worth going through them before commencing the exam, which is a timed three hour event. The time frame was plenty for me to go over the material (and do a quick google search or rerun through the units to refresh my memory - yes it's open book). Majority of the exam was simply following the instructions and completing tasks. 

If you've been thinking about sitting your Level 2 Google Exam or just want to learn more about developing your efficiency using the Google Tools then I highly recommend sitting the exam. If you have any questions, or want some study tips - please get in touch. 


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