Jamboard – Get Collaborating!

Jamboard is a great app from Google that essentially is a collaborative whiteboard that can be used anywhere and anytime. Most importantly, like most G Suite products, being able to collaborate with a number of people in one online space means that there are endless possibilities when it comes to working on projects and bringing ideas to life.  Whilst the Jamboard app was made for Googles Interactive Displays (Jamboards), the great thing about the app is that you don’t actually need a Jamboard for it to work. Below I have briefly outlined some of the key features, and the video shows a demo of all of the features in action.

  • In my opinion, Jamboard works best on a touch-screen device that has a stylus. The clip I made below was on a Touchscreen Chromebook, and the Android app works perfectly. However, you can get the Jamboard app on iOS as well, so, therefore, you can collaborate using Jamboard with a large range of devices.
  • One of my favorite features is the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for handwriting, shape and drawing recognition. Note, this only works when you are connected to the internet.
  • Each ‘Jam’ has ‘boards’ and you can keep adding as many boards as you need. Once you have finished, you can save the Jam as a PDF and each board will be shown as a separate page.
  • Being able to search the web for information and images directly from Jamboard is a huge time-saving feature. It is so easy to drag information and pictures into your Jams.
  • Being able to insert files straight from Google Drive is great. If you have work or images already saved, it is easy to drag it into your Jam and write over the top of that work.
  • It is easy to add collaborators to your Jam, in much the same way you would add a collaborator to a Google Doc for instance. This is where the possibilities with the Jamboard app are endless.

Check out the clip below to see Jamboard in action. It would be great to hear of ways that you are using Jamboard in your classrooms in the comments section below.



Note: You can also use Jamboard through its web interface, however, not all features (such as the AI for handwriting, pictures, and shapes) are available. It is also now a core G Suite service.