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What is Google Jamboard? 20+ Tips and Ideas!

Matt Miller from Ditch that Textbook does an excellent job explaining what Google Jamboard is on this blog post!

Here are some excerpts from his post or click this link to read the full post:


Jamboard is a collaborative online whiteboard. It gives students lots of creative work space. How do you use Google Jamboard in the classroom? Check out these ideas!


Whiteboards and chalkboards have been a fixture in classrooms for ages. They're great for gathering ideas and making thinking visible. But there are drawbacks...

  • Having to write "DON'T ERASE!" next to important stuff

  • Taking pictures of the whiteboard with your cell phone

  • Markers drying up or running out of ink

  • Having only so much whiteboard space in your classroom

If you can sympathize, you've got to check out Google's Jamboard app. Jamboard (jamboard.google.com) is a physical device -- an interactive touchscreen display/monitor, and it's pricey. But thankfully, the app that runs on those interactive displays is a teacher's favorite price -- FREE!

The Jamboard app is a fantastic tool for learning in face-to-face environments and for virtual/remote learning. The features are simple and intuitive. It's really easy to collaborate. Plus, it's very visual.

What is Google Jamboard?

You can find Jamboard by going to jamboard.google.com. You can also find it by clicking the "New" button in your Google Drive and hovering over "More". Don't have touchscreens? That's OK. You can use a mouse or touchpad on a laptop or Chromebook. Or you can download the Jamboard app for Android or iOS (Apple) mobile devices.

When you open Jamboard, you'll see all of the recent jams you've opened. You can click the + button in the bottom right to create a new jam.


Student collaboration with Jamboard

Jamboard is made for collaboration! You can also share your jams just like you'd share a document or slide presentation. Click the "Share" button and share with individuals and groups or create a shareable link. Students can interact in jams in lots of ways:

  • Students can brainstorm and create in small groups face to face on one device.

  • Share an "everyone can edit" link with students in Google Classroom for whole-class collaboration.

  • In remote or online settings, students can work together in small groups in the same jam.

In lots of the ideas below, you can add a layer of collaboration by giving students an "anyone can edit" link.


Nicole Wilkinson from @Etownscience has created a beautiful graphic showing us all of the features Jamboard has to offer:


Click here for 20 ideas for using Jamboard in class + FREE templates!


Stay Techie,



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