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The Best Google Jamboard Alternative – FigJam

Jamboard has joined the Google Graveyard. Your replacement is FigJam. A collaborative digital whiteboard that is so much more! Check out what is next for classroom collaboration and digital whiteboarding. Jamboard in the Google Graveyard is no reason for tears. Use FigJam for free by Figma.
The Best Google Jamboard Alternative – FigJam

Another one bites the dust. Google has added Jamboard to the Google graveyard. If you loved using Google Jamboard, you will love FigJam even more. Meet FigJam, Google Jamboard alternative. FigJam, by Figma, is a FREE collaborative digital whiteboard with so much functionality!! Start by verifying that you are an educator to be upgraded. Go to figjam.new to get started quickly!

Jamboard in the Google Graveyard

A digital collaborative whiteboard lets us rethink classroom activities. Consequently, with Google discontinuing Jamboard, you now need to seek a suitable Google Jamboard alternative.

FigJam the Google Jamboard Alternative

Replace Google Jamboard with FigJam. It does everything Jamboard did AND MORE! Figma is also adding new features so it is constantly getting better.

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How FigJam is the Best Google Jamboard Alternative

As you transition to the Google Jamboard alterantive FigJam here are some key features to help guide your transition. 

Collaborative Digital Whiteboard

Collaboration is an important part of a modern classroom. FigJam makes it easy to create a digital experience with students that puts collaboration first. Go to FigJam.new and click on the Share button, just like you would in any Google application.

Screenshot of share button in FigJam

Create a Space for "Pages"

Unlike Google Jamboard, FigJam does not have frames. Instead, you create sections within the infinite canvas. In the toolbar down at the bottom, click on the “Sections” option. This will allow you to draw a rectangle on the canvas to create the “page” or section.

Add Sticky Notes

The heart of Google Jamboard was the Sticky Note. Great news, FigJam has them too, except better!! You can add hyperlinked text in a FigJam note.

High Five

FigJam is designed for collaboration! Teach your students to hold down the H key to turn their cursor into a hand. When the hands get close enough, they high five! Lauren from Figma gave me the tip that some teachers will add a circle to the FigJam as the “high five spot.” Students take their cursor over to the high five spot to give each other a boost of encouragement.

Google Docs in Your FigJam

FigJam plays nice with others. Structure a collaborative space in FigJam where part of the activity is to edit a Google Doc. Paste the URL right onto the FigJam. Automatically the Google Doc is embedded.

Screenshot of FigJam Paste a Google Doc link

Do Not Leave FigJam - Edit Google Docs

Here is where it gets even better. The middle icon on the toolbar for the embedded Google Doc allows you to view and edit the Doc RIGHT IN FIGJAM. That is right, no leaving the collaborative space to go to another tab. Everything is in one place!

Comments and Feedback

Jamboard never had commenting features, but FigJam does!! Click on the comment option in the upper left and then click on what you want to comment on. This places a “comment pin.” Comments are displayed in the side panel on the right or when hovering over a comment pin. Use comments to leave students hints on what they are supposed to do or to leave them feedback in the file.

Screenshot of FigJam adding comments
Screenshot of FigJam timer

Set a Timer in FigJam

Built right into FigJam is a timer. Locate the timer in the upper left of your FigJam. 

Duplicate a Copy

While FigJam is designed for collaboration, it certainly is also awesome as a standalone tool for students. Have students make a copy of a template by changing the link to say /duplicate after the file name in the URL.

Original: https://www.figma.com/file/jvwFTBl67UViDDFAWSbjTG/Move-Over-Jamboard-Meet-FigJam?type=whiteboard&node-id=0%3A1&t=NrSM87tsoylBaai1-1

To Duplicate: https://www.figma.com/file/jvwFTBl67UViDDFAWSbjTG/Move-Over-Jamboard-Meet-FigJam/duplicate

The Best Google Jamboard Alternative – FigJam

In today’s fast-paced digital world, collaboration and brainstorming have transcended traditional boundaries. With remote work and online education becoming increasingly prevalent, the need for effective digital collaboration tools is more pressing than ever. While Google Jamboard has been a popular choice, there’s a rising star that’s catching everyone’s attention: FigJam. Which is considered the best alternative to Google Jamboard.

Seamless Integration and User-Friendly Interface

Firstly, FigJam stands out for its seamless integration capabilities and user-friendly interface. Transitioning from other tools is a breeze, making it ideal for teams and individuals seeking a smooth collaborative experience. Its intuitive design ensures that even first-time users can navigate and utilize its features with ease.

Versatility in Features

Moreover, FigJam’s versatility is unmatched. Whether it’s brainstorming sessions, project planning, or educational purposes, FigJam adapts effortlessly. It offers a wide array of tools and templates that cater to various needs, facilitating creativity and efficiency in a dynamic virtual environment.

Real-Time Collaboration and Interaction

The cornerstone of FigJam’s appeal lies in its real-time collaboration and interaction capabilities. Team members can work simultaneously on a project, making live edits and suggestions. This feature fosters a sense of teamwork and ensures that ideas are shared and developed in real-time, enhancing productivity.

Enhanced Visual Communication

Another significant advantage of FigJam is its focus on enhanced visual communication. With an extensive range of drawing tools, shapes, and colors, it allows users to express their ideas visually, making complex concepts easier to understand and more engaging.

Compatibility and Accessibility

In terms of compatibility and accessibility, FigJam scores highly. It’s accessible from various devices and platforms, ensuring that team members can contribute regardless of their location or the device they’re using. This level of accessibility is crucial for maintaining continuous workflow and collaboration.

Cost-Effectiveness and Scalability

For organizations mindful of budget constraints, FigJam presents a cost-effective solution. It offers scalable plans that cater to different team sizes and requirements, ensuring that you pay for only what you need. This flexibility in pricing makes it an attractive option for both small startups and large enterprises.

FigJam is Your Google Jamboard Alternative

In conclusion, FigJam emerges as a top contender when it comes to digital collaboration tools, effectively rivaling Google Jamboard. Its user-friendly interface, versatility, real-time collaboration features, visual communication tools, compatibility, and cost-effectiveness make it a comprehensive solution for various collaborative needs. Whether for business, education, or personal projects, FigJam is equipped to enhance and streamline your collaborative efforts.

FigJam - Collaborative Digital Whiteboard

The Best Google Jamboard Alternative – FigJam

Jamboard has joined the Google Graveyard. Your replacement is FigJam. A collaborative digital whiteboard that is so much more! Check out what is next for classroom collaboration and digital whiteboarding. Jamboard in the Google Graveyard is no reason for tears. Use FigJam for free by Figma.

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How to Hide Sections in FigJam - Digital Whiteboard

How to Hide Sections in FigJam – Digital Whiteboard

I have replaced Google Jamboard with FigJam. It is a better collaborative digital whiteboard. One of the big differences between Google Jamboard and FigJam is the lack of pages. Instead of pages, FigJam has sections. A unique feature is to be able to hide the sections until you are ready for students to use the resources in the section.

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5 reasons FigJam is your new jam

5 Reasons FigJam is Your New Jam

Enhance classroom engagement with FigJam! Seamlessly integrate multimedia, organize lessons, and foster collaboration all in one versatile tool. Make FigJam your new jam for dynamic teaching.

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How To Add a Background Image to FigJam

Want to lock a background onto a FigJam? Transitioning away from Jamboard to FigJam and want to know how to create a background image in FigJam? Alice Keeler provides you a tutorial with how to do this. How To Add a Background Image to FigJam

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Convert your Google Jamboard files to FigJam before Google says bye bye jamboard

Convert Your Jamboard Jams to FigJam

Convert Your Jamboard Jams to FigJam. It is very easy. FigJam has all the capability of Jamboard but better! Join Alice Keeler and Lauren (McCann) Ryan to show off the FigJam converter tool to easily change all of your Google Jamboard files.

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