Maybe you have heard of Jamboard, but you aren't exactly sure what it is. Maybe your school has mandated everyone start using Jamboard, and you are here out of necessity. Or maybe you are a Jamboard pro looking for more ideas to use in your classroom. Whatever the reason, we are glad you are here! The list below offers two separate things: 1. lots of ideas on ways to use Jamboard, and 2. templates and ideas to make your life easier!
1. Jamboard for Text Annotation
Are you looking for ways to get students more involved in the text analysis process? Watch this video to learn how to use Jamboard to do collaborative annotation with your class. Give students different colored fonts to use so you can keep track of who is making each comment or highlighting each section.
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2. Jumbled Picture Stories
Learn how to make a jumbled story on Jamboard for your students to put in the correct order. This simple yet engaging activity can be used in the digital classroom to teach students the concept of story sequencing.
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3. Color-Coded Close Readings
Looking for new ways to do close readings with your students? This resource gives step-by-step directions on how to set up the assignment as well as instructions to give to students to make this assignment as clear and beneficial as possible.
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4. Brainstorming with Jamboard
The cool thing about this collaborative classroom tool is that multiple students can brainstorm together on a project even if they are not in the same room. Have a hybrid class where some of your kids are in class and the others are online? Make them all feel included by brainstorming using this digital whiteboard.
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5. Sticky Note Voting
The fact of the matter is that technology is now a fixture in classrooms, and it is time for us to utilize it as much as possible. One way to do so is by creating a sticky note voting template where students can write their names on sticky notes and drag them to respective voting categories.
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6. Place Value Number Find
This Jamboard activity makes learning place values feel like a game. Modify the template and use it with different numbers and number concepts.
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7. Create Graphic Organizers
The last few years have been the most challenging teaching years in recent history. Make having to teach students both in class at the same time as those online a little easier with this graphic organizer template all students can use, whether they are sitting in front of you or on their beds at home. Add on a layer of collaboration by allowing multiple students to work on the same graphic organizer.
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8. Learn to Use Shape Recognition
Maybe you are like us and are seeing all of these Jamboards with creative, well-drawn graphics and you were thinking you could never draw something so creative nor ever have the time to cut and paste so many images into your template. The good news is with the image recognition technology, it is incredibly easy to insert many images into your templates, as Jamboard gives your access to tons of images!
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9. Use to Cover Classroom Calendar
This video offers a few different ways to use Jamboard during morning meetings--the first being how to use it to go over the classroom calendar. Make sure all of your students are on the same page and try out the calendar template!
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10. Celebrate Birthdays
A great way to enhance the learning environment is to make your students feel special and like they belong to a community. What better way to do this than to celebrate their birthdays using Jamboard! Each student in the class can wish the birthday girl or boy happy birthday, even if you are doing remote learning.
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11. This or That Activity
This template can be used for a multitude of different activities. Use it to ask students their preferences about things like waking up early or sleeping in, or use it to test their knowledge of the subject matter you have recently covered by giving them two separate possible answers and having them choose which they believe is true. Make sure to have it set to edit mode so all students can collaborate at the same time.
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12. Line Attack Activity
Looking for whole-class activities using Jamboard? The second activity listed in this video is called Line Attack. This one has the entire class creating lines to show relationships between different ideas. The messier the graph, the greater the consensus. The great thing about this video is there are four other ideas to use after Line Attack!
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13. Word JamPuzzles
Any time you can give a student a puzzle, you automatically make learning fun because they feel like they are playing a game. Use the templates offered here to create fun word puzzles for your class.
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14. Crossword Puzzles in Jamboard
Create crossword puzzles in Google Jamboard to test students' knowledge of key concepts. If needed, you can create multiple different crosswords to share with individual students, depending on their current skill levels.
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15. Write on Scanned Documents
Being able to scan documents and write on them in Google Jamboard is an immeasurable asset to online learning! Students can do the same assignments at home that you already have on hand in the classroom!
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16. Use Handwriting Templates
One awesome aspect of Jamboard is that each template you download gets automatically saved in your Google drive for later use! Using handwriting templates, students can practice handwriting even when using a digital whiteboard.
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17. Play Fly Swatter Game
One cool interactive game for the entire classroom is this engaging fly swatter game. Profesora Delgadillo offers blank templates for you to fill in with the material you are covering in class, cutting the prep time for this game down immensely!
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18. Play Jamboard Jeopardy
19. Utilize Emojis in Jamboard
20. Create an Escape Room Activity
This very informational video gives you advanced tips on ways to use Jamboard to create different activities, namely an escape room activity. Create fun templates using the different hacks introduced in this video and be the Jamboard master in your school!
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21. Use Jamboard as a Parking Lot
Create a classroom community where students feel like their input is valued by creating a parking lot Jamboard. In this example, the teacher used a parking lot template to create a space for students to request their favorite songs to be played during class.
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22. Use Jamboard for Brain Dump Activities
This very informative video gives you step-by-step directions on how to use Jamboard for a brain dump activity. If you want a premade template, you can visit the Evolve EdTech website where they have a brain dump template and loads of resources to use for other activities as well!
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23. Have Fun With Magnetic Letters
This fun FREE editable Jamboard template is perfect for use in any elementary school classroom. Bring back the magic of the magnetic letters we all remember playing with on the front of our kitchen fridges by using this template for different activities in either an online setting or in the classroom.
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24. Teach Proper Nouns
This color-coded lesson will teach students how to recognize proper nouns in no time. As students get better with the concept, change the colors of the sticky notes so they are no longer color-coded by category.
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25. Create a Reading Rainbow Template
26. Use for Peer Editing
A great thing about Jamboard is that students can collaborate even when they are not in the same physical space. Use this editable template for peer editing.
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27. Use This Compass Jamboard Template
This Jamboard template is great for two reasons. 1. It teaches direction. 2. It allows students to share their viewpoints on different subjects. Put this in your "discussion templates" folder and use it when you want students to express their opinions on a given topic.
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28. Create a Digital Yearbook
We all know that the seniors of 2020 got the short end of the stick when it came to end-of-the-year festivities. Use Google Jamboard to create a digital yearbook to connect with students, even when we are limited to digital interactions!
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