10 Google Jamboard Activities

10 Google Jamboard Activities

If you have not heard of Google Jamboard and are curious about it, read my first post! You will be glad that you did 😉. In addition, I have discussed the benefits of Google Meet and Jamboard with my friend, Meagan Kelly of I-Heart-EDU. Here is the webinar I was a part of. Enjoy!

Having used Google Jamboard for this past year, I admit that I only used it as a whiteboard and sketching tool.  I did not realize its potential until distance learning and I relied on it heavily. I wanted to have a virtual whiteboard that we could use in real-time. Jamboard to the rescue! Here are the 10 Google Jamboard activities that I have used/will use: 

Brainstorming & Research

Using Jamboard for brainstorming with students made our lessons feel as if we were back in the classroom. I would either share the link via the Google Meet chat or via Google Classroom. Students would add their thoughts or images for any prompt.

For example, I wanted their opinions on distance learning for a writing activity. Without any prep, I selected the sticky note and placed the question in the middle of the Jam. Students then added another sticky note to add their opinion. 

After their submissions on the Jam, I clicked on the blue share button and changed the editing rights to view only. We then discussed all the opinions on the Jam. 

Jamboard is the software and Jam is the “doc” and the frame are the  “pages” of the “doc”.  

Researching anything and everything about distance learning, students added images, sticky notes, and handwritten annotations. Students conveyed their emotions and thoughts through our class discussions. We would sort these items to come up with our thesis or topic sentences. 

As we moved through the writing process, I would add another frame and change the editing rights throughout the process*.  Once we were done, I then add Jamboard in Google Classroom so students can reference it and use it to complete their writing. It was wonderful! 

*Any item on the placed on the Jamboard is not locked. This means students have full editing access and can delete, move, or change anything on the Jam. You always have ONE student that will move or delete items. UGH! Set-up those expectations!

Graphic Organizers

Adding images on to a Jam is so HELPFUL! I would take a screenshot of any graphic organizer and upload it to the Jam. Students would add their sticky notes to the organizer. I trained my students that anytime we were working collaboratively that they must type their class number or their name on the sticky note so that I knew who was submitting the sticky note.  

I recommend prepping the Jam ahead of time with your graphic organizer and directions/expectations for submitting their responses. I would do this and then put the Jam in Google Classroom and either share with particular students or give students full editing rights.

TIP: Sticky notes background color can be changed. When using a graphic organizer, have sticky notes color-coded to represent opinions, facts, or main ideas. Setting up the Jam like that gave me immediate and visual feedback.

Character Analysis & Scenes

Discussing characters and traits became so interactive using images or sketches. I would find an image that is either the exact character from the story or something similar. Students would then describe the character, cite evidence of character development, and/or anything else that pertains to that character ( all around the image). You can do these with events within the story as well. If I did not find the image, I would either ask a student to draw the character or I would sketch it.

In addition, I would have students draw an event or scene from the story that impacted them the most. Honestly, you can add any prompt that students would need to show you their thinking. If your students have the IOS or Android version of Jamboard using the AutoDraw feature is amazing to help with creating drawings.

Landing Page Graphic created using Canva. I have included a template of this graphic in the Wakelet below. If you are interested in Canva, please use my referral link and we BOTh get Canva credits!

Storyboarding

For creating stories or comic books, using a Jam to set up the sequence of the story as a pre-writing or brainstorming is so beneficial for both students and teachers. This provides for students to sequence their ideas either using a graphic organizer or just using each frame as an event or sequence in the creation of their story. 

I just googled storyboard within the image button in Jamboard and placed this right in the Jam.

I put a sticky note on the corner of the Jam to indicate what part of the story we are working on or if I had questions regarding their storyboard. We used this as a rough draft so students could collect their ideas and plan them out. Once this process was complete, students were given an option to construct their final piece via Google Drawings, Slides, Keynote or Storyboard That.

Infographics & Collages

Need an activity for the first days of school, create an all about my board, or a vision board. Have students pull images and add them to their Jam. You could do this collaboratively or each student would have their own Jam.

Another idea would be that they could make an infographic about a certain topic. In Science, students could research facts and collect images about gravity and space. They can create an infographic presenting their information. 

This template is located in the Wakelet at the end of the post.

Once they are done with this (either the all about me or infographic), students can save it as an image. Upload it to Seesaw and record their findings. Or use Screencastify to record their presentation. I personally am looking forward to doing this more this year and seeing what wonderful creations my students will make.

Timelines, Diagrams and Concept Maps

Here is an example from Kimberly Mattina on creating timelines. I love this so much. She created an image of timeline headers and inserts them into the Jam. Students then can add text or annotate around the timeline header. GENIUS! 

Creating diagrams and concept maps can be done with images. However, if you have access to the IOS or Android version of Jamboard, you can use the shape tool to create arrows, circles, and more. 

Entrance & Exit Tickets

Not only was I using Jamboard for math but for entrance and exit tickets as well. I liked sharing a Jam and asking students to type (or draw) everything that they know about the topic.

I especially enjoyed using it for Science. I would type a question and have students fill out sticky notes about what they wondered or noticed. I would use the sticky note (transparent color) to label one side as I wonder and then the other with I notice. Students choose a color, typed their response, and dragged the sticky note to either column. 

For exit tickets, I would keep it as simple as students dragging their sticky note to a column (or image) that was labeled with what they learned, what was interesting, or a question that they still have.

Math, Math, and MORE MATH

I fell in love with Jamboard because of math. I needed a whiteboard that I could use with my students in REAL-TIME. As I started to use it, I realized that it offered so much more. You can change the background of the frame to graph paper.

MathReps by Lisa Nowakowski
Grab these templates and use them in your Jamboards!

Adding images of coordinate planes or using the shape tool (on the app) was amazing. Just posting a problem and have students work on it real-time was so beneficial. Posing a math task or estimation problem and have students engaged was so powerful.

Starting simple and have students draw angles and shapes then to label them. Or even a sorting activity for customary units…all done with Jamboard during our Google Meets.

Sketchnoting

On the web version of Jamboard, you can use the pen tools to draw and sketch. When you access Jamboard on the IOS or Andriod app, using the auto draw tool makes your drawings or sketching stand out. Students enjoy using this to sketch ideas or notes to videos, reading passages, or diagrams. Honestly, the possibilities are endless.

If you have never heard about sketchnoting or are interested to learn more about it, read Mo’s post titled Sketchnoting with Students. She has lots to share with you.

BackChannel/Help Desk

So this is an amazing idea! Having students post their concerns during a topic or instruction so that either I can see or another student could provide support would be very helpful. I am excited to try this. I know that in Google Meet you have the chat feature but I thought having students be anonymous and to have that freedom to post a question without feeling embarrassed or judged would increase engagement?

Having a backchannel that students can collaborate on regarding a topic or lesson, would provide for immediate feedback to the teacher on what students are struggling with overall. Students could sort alike requests or questions together to see what the over struggle or concern is. I have yet to try this but think it would be great for staff as well to post questions or concerns in an anonymous fashion. What do you think?

Here is the JAMBOARD WAKELET!

I have curated several templates from different educators who are so willing to share! THANK YOU!

As you have read I am a huge fan of Google Jamboard. I am excited to implement many of these ideas and rework what I did for this new school year. I will keep you posted on this journey. If there is something that I did not include about Jamboard, let me know! 

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2 thoughts on “10 Google Jamboard Activities

  1. Please help! I love these ideas for using Jamboard. I am stuck with how to put google slides I’ve created into a jamboard. I’ve researched this and do not have a plus sign or other button to make it happen. I am using a Mac laptop. Love your site and can’t wait to learn more from you. Thank you!

    1. HI Claudia,
      You can add the Google Slide as an image since you are using the web version of Jamboard. On an iPad or tablet, the Jamboard app will allow for Drive integration and you could add your slides to the Jam directly. Thanks so much for commenting. I hope I was helpful. Let me know if you have any further questions. 🙂

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