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Google Jamboard

Google Jamboard is an online shared whiteboard especially useful for remote synchronous collaboration. Jamboard provides a canvas onto which students and instructors can sketch, diagram ideas, and draw collaboratively. This work can then be save to Google Drive or exported as a PDF. As part of the Google Apps suite, Jamboard is completely free to use for members of the Princeton community. Each “Jam” can have up to 20 slides.


Why Use Google Jamboard?

  • Google Jamboard is extremely easy to implement and, for the most part, immediately understandable.
  • Jamboards can be shared with anyone who has a Google account.
  • Google Jamboard offers a variety of markup features, including free-form drawing tools (Pen, Marker, Highlighter, and Brush), draggable ‘sticky notes’, uploaded images or images from Drive, Photos, or Google Images.
  • A Laser feature is useful for highlighting specific regions of the whiteboard.

How to Add Google Jamboard to Your Course

While you could provide a link to Google Jamboard from your course site in Canvas or Blackboard (https://jamboard.google.com/), Jamboard exists outside of the learning management system.  It is accessible by going directly to the URL or from the Apps menu in Google.


Additional Resources:

Quickstart Guide to Jamboard, McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning
Jamboard Tutorial 2020 (YouTube)
5 reasons to use Google Jamboard, Boston University, Digital Learning & Innovation
Google Jamboard, Canvas Field Guide, McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning
How to Use Google Jamboard for Remote Teaching (YouTube)

 

 

Posted by September 4, 2020