Monday, July 2, 2018

25 Topics for Whiteboard Videos

Apps like ShowMe and Educreations make creating whiteboard-style instructional videos a relatively simple process. These apps let you draw on a white screen on your iPad or Android tablet while talking at the same time. Often teachers make whiteboard videos to use as lessons for their students to watch independently. But having students make videos can be a great way to learn what they know about a topic and how they think about a topic. Here are twenty five topics that you could have your students make whiteboard videos about.


  • Why volcanoes erupt
  • The water cycle
  • Ocean tides
  • Tectonic plates
  • Inertia


  • Adding and subtracting fractions
  • The Pythagorean theorem
  • Slope intercept form
  • Compound interest
  • Long division

Social Studies

  • Ranked choice voting
  • Branches of government
  • Latitude and longitude
  • Map projections
  • Gerrymandering 

Language Arts

  • Parts of speech
  • Phonics lessons
  • Plot structure
  • Prefixes and suffixes
  • Types and structures of poems


  • Rules of various sports
  • Bass clef and treble clef
  • How to read a clock
  • Verb conjugation
  • How wi-fi networks work

110 Videos About Careers

For nearly a decade I have been referring folks to Next Vista for Learning as a place to find and to share educational videos made by students and teachers. The Light Bulbs section of Next Vista is where you will find most of the videos on the site. The videos within the Light Bulbs section are divided into eleven topics. One of those topics is Careers.

The Careers topic on Next Vista for Learning contains 110 videos of people talking about their jobs and career fields. Students watching the videos can gain a little bit of insight into jobs in a wide variety of fields including engineering, hospitality, retail management, real estate, and medicine. All Next Vista for Learning videos are Creative Commons licensed and available to download for use in your classroom.

MathsLinks - A Good Place to Find Resources for Math Lessons is a great site created by a mathematics teacher for mathematics teachers. On the site you will find collections of games, interactive demonstrations, and lesson ideas for use in elementary, middle, and high school mathematics lessons.

The best way to get started on MathsLinks is to head to the Links section of MathsLinks and select a topic and subtopic. You chosen subtopic will display resources like games, interactive displays, and PDFs that contain lesson ideas. Speaking of lesson ideas, the Starters section of MathsLinks offers plenty of quick "do-now" types of activities that you can use in your classroom. And if you just need some simple graph paper, lined paper, or blank pie chart templates, head to the Essentials section of MathsLinks.

Applications for Education
MathsLinks is a good site for anyone who teaches math to keep bookmarked. Whether you need simply need to print a graph or you're looking for a great interactive demonstration to use in your geometry lesson, MathsLinks has something for you. And if you want to get involved in making MathsLinks better, you can submit your own resources for sharing.

How to Use the New Google Forms Customization Options

A couple of weeks ago Google announced that new customization options would be added to Google Forms. Those new options appeared in my accounts over the weekend. If you haven't seen the new features, take a look at my new tutorial video to see the new ways that you can customize the look of your Google Forms.