Jamboard is one of those amazing digital learning tools that should be embraced by all educators for a number of reasons. Google created it as an “interactive whiteboard,” but it can do so much more. It’s:
- Easy to use.
- Geared for differentiation based on individual student need.
- Part of the Google Suite of tools, but can work in any environment. (To see how to add a Jamboard to Microsoft Teams, check out this video.)
- Designed specifically for collaboration.
- For any grade level (through adult) and any content area.
- Loaded with plenty of free templates already created by other educators.
You can find Jamboard by going to jamboard.google.com or by clicking the “New” button in your Google Drive and mousing over “More.” Once you do that, you’ll see all of your recent Jamboards. By the way, there’s an app for both Android and iOS, too. A new Jamboard looks like a blank screen with tools available. You can add backgrounds, images, text, and so much more.
Here are some of my favorite ways to use Jamboard:
As I mentioned earlier, there are so many free templates available for this tool. But they are scattered over hundreds of websites and not always curated. Luckily for you, TCEA has taken the time to find and group more than 1,200 free Jamboard templates by content area and topic. You can make a copy of the document with the links to each template here. And check back often as we are constantly adding more templates to the list. It’s just another way that TCEA works to save busy educators time and to make it easier for you to concentrate on what really matters: your students!