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Using Jamboard App as a Digital Whiteboard

February 25, 2021  / Instructional Design Team 

 What is Jamboard?

You may have heard someone mention a Google app called Jamboard, but are not quite sure what it is all about. Are you looking for new ways to do any of the following? If so, Jamboard is something you should try!

  • Write or draw on your tablet and share with your synchronous class.
  • Help students on campus and off campus interact.
  • Allow students to collaborate and share ideas.
  • Conduct formative assessments.

Jamboard is a cloud-based app that enables visual collaboration between users in real-time.  Jamboard functions as a shared ‘whiteboard’ on each user’s individual screen. Users can use sticky notes, images, text, drawing, and video to collaborate. The best way to understand how Jamboard works is to see it in action.

Spark real-time interaction and collaboration among students on or off campus.

This is an example of how our department used Jamboard during a virtual book club. Participants were asked a question during a synchronous session and directed to the Jamboard link. Next, everyone was able to add sticky notes as responses.

Jamboard Book Club Example

This video demonstrates how to use Jamboard in great detail. It is longer than ten minutes, but worth the watch! The speaker provides ideas for using Jamboard in courses (including Math!), and discusses some of the challenges with Jamboard.

How can I use Jamboard in my class?

We have some ideas for you, but there are SO many more possibilities for Jamboard.

  • Use shapes and colors to highlight ideas
  • Graphic organizers
  • Add text to annotate a shared reading
  • Brainstorming
  • Digital posters
  • Pro/con discussion
  • Timeline, order of importance, and listing

Let’s make this post interactive! Use this Jamboard to add some of your ideas for Jamboard after you watch the video. 


Jamboard Ideas

Please tell us if you’re already using Jamboard. We would love to hear about it.

Contact your Instructional Designer to discuss how to implement your ideas.

Do you want to know more?

The Pandemic has helped make the Jamboard app quite popular. There are now numerous resources available for Jamboard on the web. These are a few we recommend.