Teacher Tech blog with Alice Keeler

Paperless Is Not a Pedagogy

Alice Keeler


Google Jamboard for teachers is an amazing tool to collaborate, brainstorm, and show your thinking. A digital, collaborative, whiteboard has so many applications for the classroom. 

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Google has discontinued Google Jamboard.

🪦 Google Jamboard has been added to the Google Graveyard. 

I recommend you use FigJam by Figma instead, it is free! 

First go to figma.com/education to verify you are an educator to get a free upgrade. 

Then go to figjam.new to start a new collaboration digital whiteboard. 

You can find free templates at figma.com/@education

FigJam - Collaborative Digital Whiteboard

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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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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FigJam Jeopardy Template

Classroom Jeopardy Template in FigJam

Check out this flexible use Classroom Jeopardy Template in FigJam. Make a copy and customize for your classroom content. Add tutorials and support resources for students to get extra help.

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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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Teaching with Google Jamboard

In an era where digital tools are reshaping educational landscapes, it’s crucial for teachers to integrate technology that adds real value to the classroom. This is where “Google Jamboard for Teachers” comes into play. It’s more than just a tool for going paperless; it’s a gateway to more interactive, collaborative, and engaging teaching methods.

Google Jamboard: More Than Just Paperless

Often, digital tools are heralded for their ability to create paperless environments. However, the true essence of “Google Jamboard for Teachers” lies beyond just replacing paper. It’s about enhancing the quality of education, facilitating better student-teacher interactions, and fostering an environment ripe for collaborative learning.

Fostering Collaboration and Interaction

Google Jamboard stands out for its ability to enable real-time collaboration among students. Whether they are in the same room or miles apart, Jamboard brings them together on a shared digital canvas. This tool allows students to brainstorm, share ideas, and work on projects in a dynamic and interactive way, mirroring the collaborative work environment of the modern world.

Enhancing Student Engagement with Interactive Tools

Jamboard is equipped with a range of interactive tools that cater to various learning styles. Students can draw, drag and drop images, and annotate directly on the Jamboard, making lessons visually stimulating and engaging. This interactive approach helps maintain high levels of student engagement, crucial for effective learning.

Immediate Feedback and Dynamic Assessment

One of the standout features of Jamboard is its ability to facilitate immediate feedback. Teachers can quickly review and comment on students’ work, providing guidance in real time. This dynamic form of assessment helps in keeping the learning process active and responsive to student needs.

Versatility Across Curriculum

“Google Jamboard for Teachers” is not confined to any single subject or education level. Its versatility shines across various disciplines, from solving complex math problems to brainstorming for a literature class. This adaptability makes it an invaluable tool across the educational spectrum.

Seamless Integration with Google Workspace

Jamboard’s effectiveness is further enhanced by its seamless integration with other Google Workspace tools. This synergy allows for a smooth, interconnected digital teaching and learning environment, where documents, presentations, and Jamboards complement each other in the educational process.

Practical Tips for Effective Jamboard Use

For teachers embarking on their Jamboard journey, here are a few tips: Start with simple activities to get your students accustomed to the interface. Encourage collaborative assignments to make full use of Jamboard’s interactive features. And always be open to exploring new ways to integrate this tool into your lesson plans.

Rethinking Digital Tools in Education

In conclusion, “Google Jamboard for Teachers” is not just a step towards a paperless classroom; it’s a leap towards a more collaborative, interactive, and engaging form of education. As educators, it’s essential to recognize and utilize these digital tools not just for their novelty, but for their ability to fundamentally enhance the way we teach and students learn.

How to use Jamboard with Students

Jamboard is an amazing tool for collaborative digital whiteboarding by Google. Its ability to enable students to learn together, whether they—or their teachers—are in person or remote, working at the same time or asynchronously, tremendously improves student engagement and learning. Alice Keeler has many resources for teachers on how to use Google Jamboard effectively for student centered teaching.


What is Jamboard?

Jamboard is Google’s version of a digital whiteboard. It is a Google document like Docs, Sheets, and Slides. It can be created and shared in Google Drive. Like all Google documents it is collaborative.

What is Google Jamboard used for?

Jamboard is a collaborative Google document that is intended to be used as a digital whiteboard. Jams allow for handwriting and collaborating on the document. Students and educators can use it together to sketch out their thinking, share ideas, add images, and draw, all from the ease of their own devices. Most importantly, all of this can – and should – be done collaboratively in Jamboard.

What is a Jam?

A Jam is a free file type created for Jamboard. You do not need a Jamboard Kiosk to create and use Jams.

Resources on Google Jamboard for Teachers

Book on Google Jamboard for Teachers

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Teaching with Google Jamboard: 50+ Ways to Use the Digital Whiteboarding Tool

In this book, Alice Keeler and Kimberly Mattina have put together a comprehensive guide for teachers using Google Jamboard in your classroom, covering everything from the basics of how to navigate the tool to lessons and activities you can use today to important pedagogical consider-ations to help you know when and how to use it.

Each of the 90+ teaching ideas here comes with at least one sample Jam that you can use to help guide you and your students toward greater proficiency with Jamboard—and as the basis for your lessons.




Google Jamboard Playlist

This playlist is a great resource of videos where Alice explores the App and how it can be used by teachers and students.

Award Students Badges in Google Jamboard
5 Features of Google Jamboard
Adding Jamboard Whiteboard to Google Meet
Use Jamboard and record work with Screencastify and submit video to Google Classroom


Let’s Jam: Using Jamboard in Google Meet

Google Meet now integrates Jamboard Whiteboards. This webinar takes a look at how to use Jamboard and suggestions for using it with students in a video meeting.

Class Discussion with Google Jamboard

In this webinar Alice shares how you can use Google Jamboard when you are teaching students and want to have a class discussion.

Jamboard Create Games

Jamboard can make a great platform for playing games. In this webinar Alice looks at some tips for successfully creating a game out of a Jam.

Version History Your Bestest Friend

Version history is now in Google Jamboard. In this webinar Alice talks about version history and how it is similar and different than other Google Apps.

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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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