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Alice Keeler

Google Jamboard: Bring It UP

A key element of Google Jamboard is the ability to add sticky notes to share ideas. However, layers in Jamboard will hide content. Knowing how to alternate what order elements on the Jam are in provides a better Jamboard experience. Google Jamboard Move Up elements.
Google Jamboard: Bring It UP
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Google Jamboard Move Up enhances the collaborative experience of the free digital whiteboard offered by Google. A standout feature of Google Jamboard Move Up is the seamless addition of sticky notes to foster idea sharing. Nonetheless, it’s important to note that layers in Jamboard can obscure content. By mastering how to rearrange the order of elements on the Jam, users can significantly improve their Google Jamboard Move Up experience.

Draggable Shapes

In an Open Middle template I created the numbers 1 to 9 are added as draggable shapes onto the Jam canvas.

Draggable numbers 1 to 9 in a Google Jamboard template

Adding an Image

On websites with images that I want to use with students I will right click on the image and “Save Image As” or “Copy Image.”

Open Middle website right click to choose Save Image As

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Adding Images to a Jam

Use the middle icon on the toolbar, under the sticky notes, to add images to Google Jamboard.

You can NOT drag images onto Jamboard.

Control V to paste

If you used “Copy Image” when you right clicked you can simply Control V paste onto the Jamboard.


Every time you add something to Google Jamboard it layers on top of the other elements. Note that pen strokes are ALWAYS on top. Using a template with draggable elements will mean that when you drag those elements they will show up BEHIND the picture you just added.

Control Shift Up/Down Arrow

You can click on elements in Jamboard to access a 3 dots more options menu in the upper right hand corner. Select “Order” to send an object to the front or back.

3 dots menu on the jamboard elemetns

Alternatively, use the keyboard shortcut Control Shift Up Arrow or Control Shift Down Arrow. Using Google Jamboard, this keyboard shortcut is an essential technique!

However, while I know I need to use Control Shift Up Arrow or Control Shift Down Arrow…. I oftentimes forget. For this reason I teach the students this helpful keyboard shortcut!

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Convert Your Google Jamboard Jams to FigJam

Google is discontinuing Jamboard. GOOD NEWS! It is super EASY to convert your files into FigJam. Sign up for a FREE educator account at figma.com/education. Go to figma.com to import your Jamboards Jams. Check out my converted files at figma.com/@alicekeeler.

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