The Greatest Teacher

Have a look at this!

Right click on a Mac?

A common question from Mac users is..”How do I right-click on a Mac?”

The answer is surprisingly simple!

Hold down the Control Key (ctrl) while clicking.


SMARTboard Material from Jim Birney, Education Adviser ICT, Fife Education

Many thanks to Jim for sharing this. If anyone has any material they would like to send to Jim, contact me for the required Email Address.


I have just posted a revamped SMARTBoard section of the Fife Education website taking most of the Notebook files created by Scottish teachers and distributed by Anne Forrest of Steljes, plus Hints and Tips and Useful links of my own and a number of the most recent files from the smart tech website.

I have Steljes approval so if you want you could direct your schools to

One interesting development is the beta version of the Notebook activity available on the smart tech website. This useful resource adds more FLASH activities which allow users to build in error checking, interactive exercises such as multiple choice and drag and drop.

I have included a review of the features on my What's New page at

A Notebook summary of the new activities (Features) and I've added a Notebook file for Geography (Rivers for Standard Grade) showcasing the new activities. I intend to add a collection for standard grade physics by mid November.

If you wish to share files I could add them to these pages.


Jim Birney"

ICTOPUS - Online Resource for Primary Teachers

"Ictopus (ICT online primary user support) is a free support service for primary education."

Once registered, this gives you access to newsletters full of practical ideas for using ICT with your children. There is a continually updated bank of lesson plans, lessons2go and 'sharing good practice'.

Feedback from Chris Stone, Learning and Teaching Advisor for Promethean.

"Travelling across to Bute on the ferry from Glasgow, sometimes this job has its moments!!"

Thursday 23
rd August @ Rothesay Academy, Island of Bute

The training at Rothesay was for 6 of the mathematics staff, this is a new build and had only been open for a couple of weeks, as you can imagine this was a fantastic building with brand new IWB, projectors etc…

We spent some time looking at the generics of the software, and particular the mathematics tools and how to utilise them in imaginative ways. I demonstrated the pedagogical ideas behind my mathematical purposely created flipcharts and showed them how they were created and tricks behind them. I demonstrated how voting could be used not just as a tool for formative assessment but how it could be used to draw out discussion from the students and encourage them to use mathematical words, concepts and ideas.

The staff spent some time creating their own flipcharts on a topic of their choice; this reinforced the knowledge of the software and build up confidence in their own abilities. Staff then shared their ideas with each other which proved to be a very valuable experience, as they were able to show off different skill in the use of the software, this will lead to some great collaborative work in the future.

Thursday 24th August @ Oban High School, Oban

The training at Oban High was for 10 of the mathematics staff plus 2 staff from on of the near by Islands, for some of the staff they were seeing brand new IWB, projectors etc… for the first time in their classrooms.

The staff felt that they got a considerable amount of ideas and expertise out of the session and really enjoyed it. “When are you coming back” was the last comment.