How to transform your learning space with Jamboard

The Google for Education team recently held an Edu OnAir live stream where they discussed some of the latest updates to Jamboard as well as an overview of its top features for education.

The webinar was led by Anita Flanagan, Program Manager on the G Suite for Education team working on the Jamboard product. Special guests included TJ Varghese, Jamboard Product Manager & Co-Founder, and three top-contributing educators who shared some of their best practices on how they use Jamboard features to enable collaboration and creativity in the classroom.

Below is a summary of these best practices, tips, and tricks that you can adopt or get inspiration from:

Tom Mullaney

Using autodraw to create graphic organizers easily

Autodraw will help you make perfect lines for better organizing of information.

Graphic organizers are some of the most effective visual learning strategies for students. Using Jamboard’s autodraw feature, both teachers and students can easily visualize their ideas as Jamboard can auto-detect their sketches and pair it with an image.

Tom Mullaney, Digital Learning Coach at Carroll Middle School in Raleigh North Carolina, shares that using the Jamboard app on an iPad is a very, very rich experience and is a great way for kids to get creative and do it in a tactile way.

To learn more about Jamboard’s drawing tools, visit the Jamboard Help Center.

Use Jamboard as a collaborative graphing paper

The default frame background color in Jamboard is white, but there are other backgrounds available and one of the best ones for Math teachers of course is graph paper.

To choose a background for your pages, you can use the frame bar at the top of the board to select backgrounds for your pages.

Use sticky notes as background / frame divider

Jamboard background is very limited and some students want more choices so what they would do is add a sticky note and stretch it so that the entire note covers the frame and then change the color of that sticky note. This is a great hack to get a colorful background.

Additionally, you can use this sticky note trick to divide a frame by stretching it half-way only.

Here you can have content in the blue area and content in the white area.

If you need to add more divisions, just add some more sticky notes, replace the color, and adjust the height and/or width as you see fit.

Organize information better with text boxes

If you want to organize information by enclosing them in boxes (or any other shape), you can use the shape recognition tool to create the text box and then set the background color of a sticky note to transparent to make a transparent text. You can then place the transparent text on top of the shape you previously created.

Use Jamboard as a PD backchannel

You can prepare a Jam session before presenting at a workshop with a designated frame for questions, lesson ideas, and/or activities that participants can check during your talk and where they can also dialogue with each other creatively.

Emily Petersen

Entrance and Exit tickets

Emily Peterson is a seventh grade Special Ed teacher in Mason City, Iowa where she co teach literacy. One of the things they have noticed since using Google Jamboard is an increase in the transparency of student learning.

Jamboard is an excellent formative assessment tool particularly when it comes to entrance and exit tickets. Sharing the code with students, you can very quickly determine if they have it from the day before, do they have it from the lesson today, what do they need to go back and reteach. Who hasn’t, who doesn't, and know very quickly.

Transparent Collaboration

You can assign specific frame to a student, a partnership, a group, or a whole class and be able to look at those frames very quickly.

Student Voice

Kids who don't want to raise their hand, or those who don't want to let their classmates know what they do or do not know can use the sticky notes in Jamboard and let teachers know their concerns without fear.

Use of images to build context or engage schema

Sometimes when a teacher gets into a piece of literature or an article, some of the students do not know what they are talking about. With Jamboard, teachers can easily pull up those images or references to quickly level the playing field.

Easily pick up with previous lesson

You can have students do their assignment or research projects in Jamboard which they can easily pull up and continue to work on the next day or week.

Modeling of integration of technology

Through using of Jamboard, students are getting to see how adults effectively use technology to be productive, effective digital citizens in a 21st century world.

Ross Berman

Effectively run a paperless math classroom

Google Classroom made it easier for teachers to assign work and provide feedback to students in a paperless environment, but this setup was a bit challenging for math classrooms. Jamboard is the missing piece that tied everything together for Ross Berman, a Math and Computer Science Teacher from New York.

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Google for Education Summit hosted at Robert Gordon College In partnership with AppsEvents & Local Sponsors

Aberdeen, UK -- An educational summit featuring Google for Education will be hosted for educators in Aberdeen area schools on 1st February 2019 with a series of workshops throughout the day led by highly acclaimed Google Certified Trainers and Educators.

February 1, 2019 Google Summit | Robert Gordon’s College
Schoolhill, Aberdeen, AB10 1FE 

The goal is to help administrators, educators, specialists and assistants/paraprofessionals learn how to use the tools for productivity and/or in innovative ways to engage learners to be successful in achieving competency in all areas of the curriculum.

Everyone is invited to attend and registration can be found at the event website EARLY BIRD registration pricing available until end of November 2018.

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The event was attended by educators from schools across Bangalore. The first day was dedicated to three Bootcamps - the AppsEvents Google Educator Level 1 certification bootcamp, Google Educator Level 2 certification, and a special strand for education Support staff. 

On Saturday and Sunday, teachers and trainers from around Asia came together to learn new things, share strategies for teaching and learning and find the inspiration to continually improve their practice. 

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Our special guest presenters will be showcasing the latest G Suite Education uses from around the globe together with a host of other talented trainers.

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All AppsEvents summits have some specific learning pathways that goes beyond Google Apps for attendees who want to take deeper dives into specific subjects or job roles. Remember though that all sessions are ‘open access’ so attendees can choose individual sessions depending on their areas of interest and many choose last minute depending on the conversations they have on the day.


Do you feel that you need more time to explore specific tools? Start your day on the right foot with our focused beginner sessions where you can learn the basics of the core Google tools. Here are some of our recommendations:

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Do a “Demo Slam” and win cool prizes!

At the end of Summit day 1, we will have a Demo Slam session where attendees are encouraged to showcase a tip or trick that others will be able to use in 2 minutes or less. Slams can be pre-planned and expected to have been rehearsed/prepared. Learn more or submit your slam ideas here!

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