What is Google Jamboard?

What is Google Jamboard?

Google Jamboard is a large interactive screen that is similar to a Smartboard or Promethean board. That’s right it is a physical product! Google Jamboard software is what most educators like myself use because the device is around $5000 and I know my classroom budget is well under that amount. When I deliver sessions about the Jamboard App and web version, I usually get the following questions:

IS Google Jamboard free?

YES! Both the app and the online version are free.  All you have to do is download the app to your IOS or Android device. In addition, it is available in your Google Drive or you can access Jamboard by going to https://jamboard.google.com/

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Can I use the Jamboard app without the board?

YES! You can access the Jamboard app online (jamboard.google.com) or download the app to your Chromebook, IOS, or Android device without the board. 

If you are using this via your Google for Education account please have your Google Admin open it up for all users to access.

What is Google Jamboard used for?

Google Jamboard is an interactive and digital whiteboard. You can use it from anywhere and anytime with students or staff. It is available for personal, business, and educational purposes. 

Google Jamboard saves to Google Drive automatically. It is a collaborative tool that allows you to share with viewers to view or edit in real-time. In addition, you can use it with Google Classroom as easily as you do another GSuite tool like Docs, Slides, or Sheets.

Google Jamboard can be used for brainstorming, math, storyboards, and so much more! Stay tuned for an in-depth post about the many ways you can use it in your classroom.

How do I use Google Jamboard?

To create a Jam (that is what the frames are called), there are several ways to access Google Jamboard. 

From Google Drive:

  1. Go to your Drive 
  2. Select New
  3. Click on More
  4. Select Google Jamboard

From the web:

  1. Go to https://jamboard.google.com/
  2. Click on the plus sign in the bottom right corner

From Google Jamboard App (IOS or Android):

  1. Download the Google Jamboard App
  2. Sign in with your Google Account
  3. Press the plus sign in the bottom right corner

Once you have created your Jam, you can share it just like you would a Google Doc, Slide, or sheet by clicking on the blue share button on the top right. In addition, you can add a Jam/Jamboard to your Google Classroom as well. 

Create Jams for Google Classroom

Use a Jam to collect and curate research items, ideas, or pictures both synchronous and asynchronous. Have students add to the same Jam or make a copy of it for each student. You can also create a Jam for students to view as well.

 You can use the Jam to place images, sticky notes, change the background to lined or graph paper. What to learn more about Jamboard? Check out my video:

What is Google Jamboard? YoutTube Video

If you have any questions you can share them in the comments section of the above video, I would love to help and collaborate with you!

Jamboard Ideas

Jams are so versatile and dynamic to use. I do tend to warn educators that when using a Jam with students there is NO locking of images or text. So if you do share a Jam with students to edit the file, set up some expectations to help students from deleting the images or text.

One way to do that is to set-up different frames within the Jam with student names already so that they know where to go. I usually set up a “landing page” (frame 1) with directions and placement of student input. Here is an example: 

Here is a copy of my Landing Page Demo.
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Jamboard is such a versatile tool that enhances how you collaborate. It was my go-to during distance learning. It allowed my students and me to interact instantly with each other and to share ideas.

Speaking of ideas, here are some ideas on how you can use Jamboard with students:

  • Brainstorm on topics
  • Jot notes
  • Annotate text or pictures
  • Pre-write
  • Math-GRAPH  PAPER is amazing!
  • Storyboarding
  • Character Analysis
  • Entrance and Exit Tickets
  • Collages
  • Curating Research
  • Sketching
  • Diagrams, Drawings, and Concept Maps
  • Back Channel/Help Desk

There is so much you can do with this app. I love the creativity that it brings to both educators and students.

Here is a Wakelet of Jamboard resources:


Here is my post about 10 activities for Google Jamboard in the classroom. Stay tuned! Try it out and I would love to know what you think. 

Talk soon,

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8 thoughts on “What is Google Jamboard?

  1. Wow! This is a very thorough set of how tos for using Jamboard. I also like that you have some lessons linked with the wakelet, which I am also new to. I love the Emoji story idea. I will use that. I teach 7th and 8th grade special ed math. Our district is going full DL through October. I had planned either way to use digital interactive notebooks. Each of my students have chromebooks. I have three ideas, one being jamboard, to show student work. Idea 1: have students take a picture of their work and upload, idea 2: Post the equation on Google Slides an use Google Paint to have students answer, idea 3: link to a jamboard that students can answer from there. None of the students have anything other than a mouse. How difficult would it be for students to write with the mouse pad their equation? Thank you for your time and support.

    1. If they have chrome books then they can download the Jamboard app which is more robust than the web version and will have assistive tools like: handwriting recognition, shape tool and auto draw! I will have a new post today about other ways to use Jamboard in your classroom! Miss you!

  2. Have you tried the Google Meet Breakout Rooms extension? I explored it today and I think it has potential!

  3. Hi Ro! My fifth graders are having some difficulties with various apps on their iPads. Have you run into any problems with your kids working interactively with Jamboard on their district iPads? I’m at RHES.

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