What is Google Jamboard and How to Use it in Your Teaching?

Google Jamboard is a collaborative whiteboard with huge learning potential. Since its introduction a few years ago, more and more teachers and educators are using it in educational contexts to augment teaching and learning. Google Jamboard harnesses the power of the collaborative whiteboard in education making it very easy for individuals and teams to brainstorm, collaborate and share ideas in real time.

In this post you will learn the following:

  • What is Google Jamboard?
  • How to make jams from scratch?
  • How do you add frames to Jamboards?
  • Learn about the features Jamboard has to offer.
  • How do you save Jams?
  • How to share Jams using various options?
  • Learn how to integrate Jamboard into your teaching.
  • Explore ready-made Jamboard templates to use with your students.

Google Jamboard

What is Google Jamboard?

Google Jamboard is a collaborative digital whiteboard that you can use to brainstorm, share ideas, and collaborate both synchronously and asynchronously. Each jam consists of multiple frames and in each frame you can use Jamboard’s rich editing tools to draw, add different types of shapes, add sticky notes and text boxes, insert images from Google Drive or your device’s drive, and more. Best of all, Jamboard is simple, easy to use, and free.

How do you create a Jamboard?

To start creating your jam, head over to jamboard.google.com and click the plus button in the bottom right corner. Type a name for your jam and use the editor to start working on it. Here are some of the tools included in the editor:

  • pen tools: It gives you access to a number of tools including a pen, marker, highlighter, and brush to use for drawing.
  • Note paper: Insert sticky notes into your frames. Click to start writing your note. You can select the color of your note and click Save. You can easily drag your sticky note anywhere on the jam and put it back the way you like. You can also copy sticky notes or delete notes you don’t want.
  • shapes: You can insert different shapes into the jam including circles, arrows, squares, diamonds, rectangles, rounded rectangles and many more.
  • an eraser: Use it to clear the content on the jam.
  • selection machine: Click on it to select and move any item on your jam.
  • laser pointer: When you click on it, you can easily point to the items in your jam.
  • Pictures: Use it to insert images into your jam. You can upload them from your device’s drive, Google Drive, or Google Photos. You can also search for images in Google Image and with one click, add them to your frames. Once added, you have options to resize and drag anywhere on the canvas, and you can also click on it to duplicate or delete it.

How do you add new frames to your Jamboards?

You can add as many frames as you want. Click the arrow at the top to start adding new frames to the Jamboard. You can change the background of your windows by clicking on the background from the top toolbar. Then, use the editing features we talked about earlier to start adding content to your new jam.

How do you store Jamboards?

Google Jamboard offers different ways to save your jams. Click the ellipsis button in the upper right corner and choose from the options there: You can download the jam file in PDF format, make a copy of it, or save it as an image. A great feature that I really like about Jamboard is the ability to save individual jams. If you have a Jamboard that consists of many jams and you are only interested in one frame, you can click on it to save it as an image for use on other platforms or in your presentations.

How do you share your Jamboard devices?

Google Jamboard offers you many sharing options to choose from. Click Share in the upper right corner and adjust the sharing options to your preference. You can add restrictions to control who can share, download, copy, or print paper jams.

You can share your jams by typing names, emails, or by using the generated URL. Before you share your Jam contents, be sure to decide if you want to allow those you share your shortcuts with to be editors (who can change permissions and sharing) or just viewers and commentators (who can only download, print and copy).

google browser Jamboard Learning Ideas

Here are some practical Google Jamboard teaching ideas to try with your students. Keep in mind that in order to turn your Jamboard into an interactive learning tool, you need to enable the edit feature in the jam you share with students. This way, they will be able to add/delete content, share sticky notes, and save jams.

  • Use Jamboard in brainstorming and thinking sessions to come up with ideas for a new project or task. Ask the students to contribute using sticky notes. Each student adds a sticky note of a different color so you know who’s sharing what.
  • Use Jamboard as a learning platform that enables students to express their opinions and engages them in decision-making. For example, ask them to vote on project ideas, ask for their feedback on decisions about their learning, and much more. Students can provide answers in the form of text notes or they can use pictures.
  • Strengthen the classroom community and promote student teamwork by encouraging students to interact with each other’s input and actively participate in peer feedback activities.
  • Use Jamboard to share the discussion and/or write prompts. You can use text output or images and have students write, discuss, and illustrate common themes.
  • Jamboard is also useful for differentiating and individualizing teaching/learning. For example, you can create separate windows for each student. Use the students’ names in these frames before you share them so you know what you’ve assigned to whom. Students solve jams individually while monitoring their work, checking their progress, and sharing your feedback with them in real time.
  • Use Jamboard to collect student feedback. You can create polls, questionnaires, surveys, etc., and ask students to provide their feedback using sticky notes and/or images.
  • Use it as a formative assessment tool to assess student learning and identify areas where they need help. For example, you could write comprehension questions, or simply ask them what they learned, what they found difficult to learn, and why.
  • Use Jamboard to create step-by-step tutorials and guides. Guide students through the learning problem solving process and show them the different steps of how you arrived at a solution to a particular problem.
  • Use Jamboard to enable students to visualize their learning. It tilts sticks and is most effective when visualized. Students can add sticky notes of different colors and add pictures to visually illustrate complex processes and explain abstract concepts.
  • Share lesson instructions, goals, and expectations at the beginning of each lesson.
  • Use Jamboard on digital storytelling projects. Students combine the visual power of images with text to create and share stories.
  • Engage students in live discussions. Share a Jamboard with a topic discussion and have students join a live discussion. You can view what students are adding in real time. Anything you add in a Jamboard will instantly appear in your student jam and vice versa. This is a great way to promote teamwork and get students involved in learning.
  • You can also use Jamboard to teach math by pairing it with the EquatIO extension. Watch this excellent tutorial from New EdTech Classroom to learn more.

Google Jamboard Templates

There are plenty of attractive templates that you can use in Jamboard. These include:

  • Jamboard templates for brainstorming,
  • Jamboard Templates for Business
  • Math Jamboard Templates
  • Jamboard Templates for Reading
  • Jamboard game templates, and many more

Pre-designed Jamboard templates will save you a lot of time and give you more possibilities to turn your Jamboard into a powerful learning tool. The number one platform I highly recommend for educators looking for editable Jamboard templates is Canva. You can simply type in the online Whiteboard in Canva’s search box and you will have a huge selection of beautiful templates to choose from. As of this writing, the search results have turned into 87 templates. Browse the group and click on the groups you are interested in. Next, use Canva’s editing tools to customize your template the way you want. Once you’re done, you can download the Jamboard template in PNG format.

Watch this video tutorial from Edugals to learn more about how to create beautiful Google Jamboards for your classroom. Ditchthattextbook also has an amazing collection of pre-designed Jamboard templates with ideas on how to use them in teaching. Check it out to find out more.

conclusion

Google Jamboard is an excellent tool for collaborative whiteboarding. It provides you with a learning friendly space where you can engage the students in different learning activities. The only downside is that it doesn’t support adding videos and audio clips to the jam. You can only add pictures.

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