What does it mean to Level Up?

A teacher's job is to hone her craft. By participating in meaningful professional development, teachers are able to become better practitioners at their chosen profession. Floyd County School's concept of Level Up, originating from Richland Two in Columbia, SC, offers teachers an opportunity to become better at what they do. Teachers submit evidence of advancing their knowledge of integrating technology while using that same technology to enhance student learning.

The focus of Floyd County School's Level Up Platform is two-fold. Utilizing the amazing professional development within Google Apps for Education Certification Programs, teachers will earn points by completing steps towards certification. Teachers will then Level Up by applying those lessons learned with students. Teachers will submit evidence, accumulate points, and earn badges showing they are the experts in their field.

How does it work?

Floyd County School's Level Up Process is a multi-year professional development model that will allow teachers to grow and show what they know. Level 1 will focus on training culminating in completion of the Google Apps for Education Level 1 Certification. Along the way, teachers will also complete practical applications of the challenges.

Following Level 1, there will be an opportunity to work towards Level 2 with more challenges and the Level 2 Certification. Those who choose to continue can work towards Level 3 and work towards earning Certified Trainer Sstatus.

All evidence of successful completion of challenges will be uploaded to Google Classroom. Speak to your school Instructional Technology Specialist for information on how to join.

Example Challenge

Challenge: Getting Ready to Use Technology in the Classroom

1 Point: Pass the Getting Ready to Use Technology in the Classroom Quiz. Take a screenshot and submit to Google Classroom for this challenge.

2 Points: Document attendance at a minimum of 5 training sessions with your school Instructional Technologist. Upload the artifact to the Level Up Google Classroom

3 Points: Co-teach a school based Professional Development session with your school’s Instructional Technologist. Submit an artifact to Google Classroom showing completion.

Upon completion, teachers will receive a badge to post to their board showing they have completed the Getting Ready to Use Technology in the Classroom challenge. The more challenges completed, the more points earned. The more points earned, the cooler you become!