Are you looking for an interactive whiteboard for your students to use during distance learning? What about a way to do puzzles or draw? Play games? Work together or individually? Let me explain, “What is Google Jamboard?” and show you how you can use it for all sorts of things in your virtual classroom (or in person)!
What is it?
Jamboard is basically an interactive whiteboard or where students (or teachers!) can drag, drop, draw, type, and insert images to the “frames” (think slides) of the document (“Jam”). Check out this demo:
There’s a LOT you can do with Google Jamboard! I hope that video gave you some ideas.
Here’s the key features:
- Draw, write, or highlight with the pen tool
- Erase with the eraser (or clear frame)
- Select with the mouse tool
- Use the Sticky Note feature to add text for instructions, pairing, sequencing, labeling, and more!
- Insert images from Drive, Google Search, or Upload them
- Use the laser tool to draw attention to something on your Jam as you’re sharing your screen
- Switch between frames to do more activities, or start fresh without erasing your work
Let’s check out some more!
Ways to Use Jamboard
- Play Pictionary
- Read & Draw a story
- Mini whiteboards
- Digital puzzles
- Pair translations
- Deliver lessons that you can type or write on while presenting – think about providing visual support while you’re speaking in the target language!
- Digital Gallery Walk
- Interactive timeline
- Partner or small group work (share the file via Google Drive accounts)
Want to try it?
Here’s a link to try it out – or go to your Drive and select New>More>Jamboard!
Remember that you can use it to share information with your students, they can interact with text, or work in pairs or small groups via a shared file in their Google Drive!
What ideas do you have for using Jamboard with your classes?