Using the Google Jamboard app

Google Jamboard refers to a piece of hardware and a software tool. Google Jamboard, the physical object, is a whiteboard on steroids. It costs almost $5,000 (and that doesn’t even include the $1349 for a rolling stand). So far, it is most commonly used in the workplace and distance learning settings, such as Google Classroom.

However, you do not need to have Google Jamboard to use the Jamboard app. In this article, we’ll show you how to use Jamboard even if you haven’t purchased the physical digital whiteboard product. Google Jamboard also integrates with other Google apps. In this tutorial, we’ll also learn how to extract files from Google Photos and Google Drive

What is a Google Jamboard?

A Google Jamboard is a 55-inch whiteboard screen that connects to phones and tablets. Imagine you are in a brainstorming meeting where some people are in the room and others are connected remotely. The Jamboard in the room can be used by participants as a traditional whiteboard, but it can also be projected into a Hangouts video meeting so that participants can collaborate remotely with the people in the room.

In other words, Google Jamboard combines the practical feel and features of a physical whiteboard with the distributed collaboration features of a whiteboard app.

The Google Jamboard app is available to anyone with a Google account.

Whiteboard with the Jamboard app

Start by visiting Jamboard’s desktop site at or install the Jamboard app for android or iOS

Sign in to a Google account and start by selecting or tapping the Plus icon to create a new Jam. Once you create a new jam, it will be automatically saved to your account.

Draw, write and add notes

There are many Jamboard tools that you can use to collaborate. When you’re working on a jam, you can draw, write, and add notes just like you can on traditional whiteboards and other whiteboard applications.

Select the Drawing tool to choose from pens, markers, highlighters and brushes of different widths and colors. In the app, use your finger to draw within the frame. Use the mouse on the desktop site. The eraser is always available to erase any part of your drawing.

If you’re using the app on a mobile device, you’ll have access to Drawing Tools of the Drawing tool. Once you’ve scribbled some text with your finger, the assistive drawing tools can turn your chicken crabs into text. Likewise, if you draw a shaky circle, the auxiliary drawing tool can clean it up and turn it into a perfect shape.

Select Insert note from the toolbar to add a virtual sticky note. You can change the color and type of the note directly in the note itself. Select in the same way Text box to be able to type directly into the jam.

Add an image to a jam

You can search for images in a jam, a feature we haven’t seen in other whiteboard apps like Microsoft Whiteboard.

If you are using Jamboard in a browser, select the Image tool from the toolbar. Then select an image file to add to the jam by selecting one of the following methods:

  • Upload from your computer
  • By URL
  • Camera
  • Google images search
  • Google Drive
  • Google Photos

Once you’ve found the image you want to add to the jam, select Insertand the image appears on the jam.

From an outage in the Jamboard app, tap the To expand (+) icon, then select image library† Select an image and it will be inserted into the jam where you can resize it to your liking. If you don’t see the resizing controls, pinch and zoom in on the jam until you see the controls.

Insert a file from Google Drive into a Jam

You must use the Google Jamboard app to add Drive files to a jam, so if you’ve only used Jamboard in a web browser, start by installing the app on your mobile device.

Open an existing jam or create a new one. Then select in the toolbar Expand (+)and then Drive content† Choose a file from your Google DocsGoogle Slides or other files in Google Drive and tap Select† The file is inserted into the jam.

Add, rearrange, copy or delete jam frames

If you’re using Google Jamboard in a web browser or the app, use the frame toolbar at the top of the screen to add, rearrange, copy, or delete jam frames.

Selecting the arrow to the right of the frame icon creates a new frame.

Select the frame icon itself to see all the frames in the jam. From there, you can click and drag frames to reorder them.

Select the plus icon between frames to insert a frame. To delete or duplicate a frame, select the frame and then select the More icon (three dots) and choose remove or Duplicate

Share a jam with others

Google Jamboard works best as a collaboration tool. Work on a jam in real time with other people, or share a jam with others so they can edit it later. You can also give others read-only access to a jam.

Open or create a new jam from your computer and select the Part knob. Enter the people or groups you want to share with and tell them whether they can edit or just view the jam. Then select the Done knob.

To share the jam as a file from your computer, download the jam as a PNG or PDF file by using the More icon and then choose Download as PDF or Save frame as image

Open or create a jam from the Jamboard app and tap the More icon and then Part† Enter a name or email address and select whether people with the link can edit or just view the jam. Press Send icon.

To share your jam as a PDF from the app, open the jam you want to share, tap the More icon, then tap Share Jam as PDF† There, select how you want to share the PDF file.

To share a specific frame as a PNG file from the app, tap MoreShare this frame as image and follow the instructions on the screen.

What has changed in the Jam?

View the version history of a jam on a computer. Open the jam, select More View version history

What are jams good for?

Obviously, Google Jamboard can be a great educational technology tool for distance teaching and learning from preschool to high school. In any learning environment it is important that every student feels involved.

Google Jamboard is also bringing this edtech to the Google workspace in other industries as we really are all lifelong pupils and Staff members

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