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3 Tips for Google Jamboard

If you use Google Jamboard here are 3 tips to help you get more out of your Jam. Google Jamboard Jam Tips
3 Tips for Google Jamboard

Have you tried Google Jamboard, the whiteboarding tool? If you have, here are 3 tips for getting more out of Jamboard.

1. Jump to Frame

Google Jamboard is a collaboration tool! When you are in the same Jam notice the collaborator icon to the left of the Share icon. Click on the icon of a collaborator to JUMP to the spot in the Jam where that person is at. If they are on frame 5, magically you will also be on Frame 5.

Collaborator icon in Google Jamboard
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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.

2. Shift Key for Straight Lines

When using the pen tool in Google Jamboard you can freely draw, unlike in Google Slides. This is great, but what if you want a STRAIGHT LINE?!

Hold down the Shift key while drawing.

Holding down the Shift key when using the Pen tool will ensure that you look like you used a ruler!

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3. Paste Images

You can not, yet, drag images onto a Google Jamboard frame. However, you can PASTE them. If you right click on a image, such as your Bitmoji, and choose “Copy Image” this will allow you to use Control V to paste the image right onto the frame. You can bypass the insert image icon in the toolbar this way.

Right click on bitmoji image to copy image

Note that if you click on the insert image icon you CAN then drag images to upload.

Open Middle Jams

I have been adding openmiddle.com math problems to Google Jamboard recently. These are challenging no matter the grade level! I give my high school seniors grade level 1 Open Middle problems because even for 1st grade they are challenging. WHY? They require STRATEGY not just knowing the math concept. My personal children ASK ME for Open Middle problems, they are fun!

Geometry Jam

This one is not Open Middle but was very engaging for my students.

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