Engage Students & Support Active Learning with Google Jamboard
April 21, 2021

Engage Students & Support Active Learning with Google Jamboard

Mariann Hawken | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Google Jamboard

Google Jamboard is used for active learning and synchronous engagement during online learning. It solves an important problem of providing an interactive tool for students and faculty to use during a live session, particularly with breakout groups when such tools are [not as] easily deployed to both the entire class or small groups for engagement. While we do not have physical whiteboard support for Jamboard, our faculty use it in virtual classrooms and staff use it during virtual training sessions. We've also used it at virtual conferences to support participant engagement.
  • Interactive whiteboard tools.
  • Shareable with Google users or anyone with a link.
  • Downloadable as PDF to use as reference or learning asset.
  • Participants can write/draw or use notes tool to contribute.
  • Tools can be a little clunky at times.
  • Sticky notes always appear in the same place, requiring participants to move to a different place on the Jamboard in order to see all notes created.
  • Unclear who adds what to a Jamboard, so it's hard to evaluate student contributions.
  • Easily shared with Google users or anyone with a link.
  • Easy to use for collaboration and engagement.
  • Displayable in a web conference session with instantaneous updates for active learning.
  • Faculty love having an active learning tool that's easy to use in synchronous sessions.
  • Not as well known as other Google apps like Docs, Sheets, or Slides.
  • Can be used synchronously (for live engagement) or asynchronously (for self-paced learning).
  • Easy to miss in the Google Suite or forget it's available to use.
Google Jamboard is part of the Google education suite so it's easily accessible and part of our single sign-on authentication. Padlet is another tool that supports active learning web boards, but it is not easily integrated with our LMS and it's yet another tool to support. We've also heard about Mural.co, but that one seems more complicated to use compared to Google Jamboard. It's also more expensive and we try to maximize the resources we have available.

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Google Jamboard is ideal for live, synchronous sessions to support collaboration and engagement. It can be used for the entire class, small group, or independent work. Create a Jamboard for a simple student knowledge check, or annotation exercise, or sorting activity. Insert a Google document, spreadsheet, or presentation, and have students annotate the file. There are many types of active learning activities you can do with a Google Jamboard!