Last weekend, Doug Belshaw’s “Things I learned this week #17” mentioned this blog (although with some
fake reluctance), and the post that contained the What’s new in PowerPoint 2010 for teachers video. I often read Doug’s blog, as well as listening to the EdTechRoundUp podcast, which Doug takes part in weekly. The thought hit me (belatedly!) that “Things I learned this week” is an excellent way to share some of the snippets of news that aren’t quite important enough to make a blog post all of their own, but lumped together they may make interesting reading.
So, thanks to Doug’s idea, here’s my first “Things I learned this week” list:
Things I learned this week
- I have known for some time about the Microsoft Education Competencies, which was designed by teachers, and is used in a number of countries for professional development and career planning by teachers.
What I learned this week is that one of the 39 competencies is Humour, and just like every other competency, there are a series of level statements that can be used to describe progression:
Microsoft Competencies > Humour
Level 1: Basic
Level 2: Intermediate
Level 3: Advanced
Level 4: Expert
Generally uses humour in a positive way
Uses humour to bring people together
Knows exactly when and where a joke or story will be effective
Can see humour in almost everything
Is conscientious about timing and setting for humour
Uses humour to boost morale or decrease tension
Has a great sense of timing
Sought out by others for guidance in this area
Tries to diffuse tense situations with appropriate humour
Uses humour to make for a more relaxed and productive atmosphere
Realises when and where humour will backfire, and withholds
Uses humour as a uniting dynamic across a range of situations
Can laugh at self and others
Allows others to be funny
Understands that laughter makes a more comfortable meeting, classroom, etc
Recognizing and appreciates a great sense of humour in others
And like all of the other competencies, there are sections on improving proficiency, interview questions, learning opportunities and even a recommended reading list.
(Honestly, it took me half an hour to satisfy myself that this wasn’t some kind of April Fool’s Spoof)
- There’s a new Windows Live Messenger around the corner, which integrates Facebook, LinkeIn and MySpace – and will be running on phones etc.
- My colleagues in the States have created a “Digital Storytelling” e-book for teachers. It explains activities and ideas to improve students writing and creativity.
- I’m not the only person who’s been wowed by Pivot, from Live Labs. I think that combination of Pivot, and your MIS student data could create a magical SMT discussion.
- According to a tweet from Phil Neal at Capita, one in three secondary schools in England are using the SIMS Learning Gateway
- Tony Sheppard likes SharePoint as a basis for learning platforms in schools – partly because it’s so Web 2.0
Thanks for the inspiration Doug