Have you tried Jamboard in your classroom yet? This free online tool is incredibly easy to use, with endless options for any teacher. Google Jamboard makes collaboration easy, no matter where students and teachers are. Here’s the scoop on how it works, plus lots of ideas for using it.

What is Google Jamboard?

Jamboard is a whiteboard app that’s part of Google’s G Suite, like Google Slides or Google Classroom. The app was designed to be used with Google’s interactive 55-inch cloud-powered whiteboard display, which comes with a pretty hefty price tag. Fortunately, the completely free Jamboard app works perfectly well on its own with the laptops, Chromebooks, and tablets you’re already using in your classroom.

Teachers set up a Jamboard and invite students to collaborate. Kids can add notes (using a keyboard, stylus, or fingertip), post images, draw pictures, and more. There’s no limit to the number of boards you can have or how many students can collaborate. You can save your boards, export them as PDFs, and share them with your students via Google Classroom or other learning management systems. You’ll find lots of Jamboard tutorials and training from Google here.

Jamboard Ideas and Templates For Teachers

Anything your whiteboard can do, Jamboard can too … and a whole lot more. Here are some of our favorite free templates, activities, and other ideas to try with your class. To use a Jamboard template, be sure to save a copy of it to your Google Drive first. Then you’ll be able to edit and use it with your students.

1. Write On Documents

This can be a real game-changer. Scan in worksheets and other documents and turn them into Jamboard templates. Then, students can complete them online. This makes it so much easier to send work home for students who can’t be in the classroom. Learn how this works from Lucky Little Learners.

2. Morning Meeting Calendar

Morning meeting template with calendar, weather icons, base 10 blocks, seasons, tally marks, and mroe

Take your morning meeting online! This interactive Jamboard calendar has room for weather, seasons, and counting practice. Get the calendar template here.

3. Morning Meeting Check-In

Check-In Jamboard template (Jamboard Ideas)

For older kids, you can use a template like this one to take attendance. Ask a question and have them post their answer on a sticky note. Once they’ve answered, you’ll know they’re in class and ready to go. Get this check-in template for free from Make Way For Tech.

4. Handwriting Templates

Jamboard writing template with each row having three horizontal lines, with the middle line dashed

Demonstrate handwriting, then have students take turns copying your work. Get five different handwriting templates from Alice Keeler.

5. Magnetic Letters

Gray screen with moveable icons of blue lower case alphabet letters, with vowels in red

Magnet letters are a classic learning toy, so we love this digital version! Grab this activity from Third Grade Doodles.

6. Frayer Model

Frayer Model Jamboard template for Winter Olympics (Jamboard Ideas)

Frayer models are helpful when kids are learning new vocabulary words or researching a topic. Grab a free Frayer Model template here.

7. Base 10 Blocks

Digital base ten blocks for ones, tens, hundreds, and thousands (Jamboard)

When you don’t have enough base 10 blocks to go around, or need to use them in an online setting, try this digital version. Find the base 10 blocks template here.

8. Place Value Grid

10 x 10 grid with movable digital number sticky notes (Jamboard)

Practice place value with this template. Remember that you can change the numbers on the digital sticky notes, so you can use this over and over again! Add the place value grid to your collection here.

9. Make Arrays

Multiplication Array Jamboard template

Arrays are a visual way to understand multiplication, and they’re easy to create using Jamboard. Get your free array template from Make Way For Tech.

10. See, Think, Wonder

Three columns labeled See, Think, and Wonder with corresponding emojis

Teach kids how to question the world around them by creating thinking routines. This emoji template is cute enough for younger kids, but the process works at any age. Find the See Think Wonder template here.

11. Rainbow Reading Review

Rainbow Reading Review Jamboard template

The Rainbow Reading Review helps kids really dig deep into the material they’re reading. It’s a useful tool for teaching close reading. Grab the Rainbow Reading Review template here.

12. Make a Graph

Bar graph using digital sticky notes indicating what percentage of a project students have completed

Digital sticky notes make it easy to graph just about anything in Jamboard. Learn more about using graphs on Jamboard at Chromebook Classroom.

13. Vocabulary Words

Jamboard with word melancholy in the middle, with images and sticky notes showing the meaning

This one’s easy, fun, and very effective. Simply make a board for each of your current vocabulary words, and ask students to contribute sticky notes, images, or other items to help define it. Learn more from Third Grade Doodles.

14. Take a Poll

Jamboard divided into four sections, with a book cover in each and student names on sticky notes voting for their choice

Divide a board into several parts and ask students to place a sticky note with their name next to their choice. For a deeper dive, have them write the reason for their choice on the note too. Find out more about taking Jamboard polls at Spark Creativity .

15. Brain Dump

Statue of Zeus with digital sticky notes containing facts about him

Brain dumps are great for review or exit tickets. Students record anything they can remember on a topic or concept. This is also a fun way to introduce a new subject and find out what kids already know. Explore Jamboard brain dumps at Chromebook Classroom.

16. Numerical Equations

Story problem with series of numbers and mathematical symbols

Tackle word problems with this template. Show students how to break down the information and lay it out into an equation to get the correct answer. Get the Numerical Equations template for free at Teachers Pay Teachers.

17. Peer Editing

Boxes labeled Glows and Grows with room for peer editing comments

Use this template to help students edit each other’s creative writing. You can edit the directions to use it with non-fiction writing, like essays, too. Find the Peer Editing template here.

18. Sorting Wall

Jamboard showing family tree from Romeo and Juliet

You can use a sorting wall in pretty much any class, for any subject. Have students sort animals or plants in biology, vocab words in English or foreign language classes, presidents in history class—the possibilities are endless! Learn more about sorting walls at Chromebook Classroom.

19. Sentence Maker

Digital yellow sticky notes with various words like I, To, Beach, etc.

Think of this idea sort of like the ever-popular magnetic poetry. Students choose words and create a sentence, adding correct punctuation. Keep it simple with just a few words for younger students; add more words for older kids. Explore this idea at The TEFL Zone.

20. Shapes and Patterns

Graph paper with blue triangles and red circles in a pattern (Jamboard)

Jamboard’s built-in shape tool makes it easy to learn basics like triangles, circles, and squares. You can also work on recognizing and building patterns. Susan Stewart has more information.

21. Digital Yearbook

Handwritten yearbook messages in various colors

Make it easy for kids to share personalized messages with each other, in person or not. Each student creates their yearbook page and offers it up for friends to sign. Clever! Read more at Chemistry Is My Jam.

22. Label a Diagram

Cartoon illustration of a biological cell

Post a diagram and have students label and explain the parts. Use it for science topics, or try it for timelines in history class or parts of sentences in English. Get this free cell diagram template here.

23. Compass Viewpoint

Jamboard divided into four parts, centered with a compass

The world is full of shades of gray, especially when it comes to opinions and viewpoints. Use this template to explore a variety of points of view on any subject. Find the Compass Viewpoint template here.

24. Annotate a Reading

Langston's Hughes' poem Harlem annotated with underlining and sticky notes

Jamboard makes it easy to annotate text in collaboration with your class. Look for themes, identify literary devices, illustrate concepts, and more. Learn how to use Jamboard for annotations at Spark Creativity .

25. Quadradic Equations

Jamboard showing graph with X/Y axes, plus quadratic equation to graph

Graph quadratic equations on this template. It has several built-in problems, but you can edit and add your own to reuse it multiple times. Get the Quadratic Equations template for free at Teachers Pay Teachers.

How do you use Jamboard with your class? Come share your ideas on the WeAreTeachers Helpline Facebook group!

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