Learning Technology Index


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What is it?

Google Jamboard is a digital interactive whiteboard that allows its users to collaborate remotely or in-person in a shared space.  

What is its purpose?

Jamboard allows its users to brainstorm and organize ideas by sorting the ideas by color, organizing them in different frames, and drawing lines to show relationships between concepts. 

How do I use it?

The Jamboard app can be accessed via the App Launcher in Google Workspace on the web.

This software can also be downloaded from Google Play (for Android users) or App Store (for iOS users).

Users need to have their personal Google accounts to be able to use the tool.

It can also be used in browsers by accessing it through the Google Jamboard site. The browser app has the most limited functionality; however, it still lets users access powerful features. If a user is on the mobile or tablet app, he/she has access to Assistive Drawing features. He/she can have his/her handwritten text converted to typed text. 

Why would I use it?

Jamboard allows instructors to collaborate with thier students in an open-discussion format. Students or instructors can sketch out ideas, problem-solve or draw collaboratively and synchronously using this tool.

Quick Facts
Synchronous Sessions
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Last Modified
01 November 2021
07 September 2021
License Available 
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Security Concerns
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Web browser, iOS, and Android.

Ratings Information

CITL Rating

Select any category below for details about the criteria for each rating.

Functionality: ★★☆
Serious Concerns. Serious Concern: only a limited number of users can join the same room simultaneously.
Ease of Use:★★★
Works Well.
Tech Support/Help Availability (for Instructors):★★☆
Minor Concerns. Minor Concern: No campus-wide technical support is available.
Tech Support/Help Availability (for Students):★★☆
Minor Concerns. Minor Concern: No campus-wide technical support is available.
Hypermediality :★★☆
Minor Concerns.
Accessibility: ★★★
Accessibility Standards:★★★
Works Well.
User-focused participation:★★★
Works Well.
Required Equipment:★★★
Works Well. A physical Jamboaord which is compatible with the Jamboard App is availble for purchase. However, it is not needed for the app to operate.
Technical: ★★★
Integration/Embedding within a Learning Management System (LMS) :★☆☆
Serious Concerns.
Operating Systems:★★★
Works Well.
Web Browser:★★★
Works Well.
Additional Technical Requirements:★★★
Works Well.
Mobile Design: ★★☆
Works Well.
Works Well.
Offline Access:★☆☆
Serious Concerns. Serious Concern: An Internet connection is needed to use the software.
Usage and Account Set Up: ★★★
Sign Up/Sign In:★★☆
Minor Concerns. Instructors need to create a Goggle account, and personal information is collected.
Cost of Use:★★☆
Minor Concerns. The Jamboard App is free but the physical unit is costly.
Archiving, Saving, and Exporting Data :★★★
Works Well.
Data Privacy and Ownership:★★★
Works Well.
Social Presence: ★★★
Collaboration :★★★
Works Well.
User Accountability:★★★
Works Well.
Minor Concerns. This tool is somewhat new, and users may need to spend some time to get familiar with all the features.
Teaching Presence: ★★★
Works Well.
Works Well.
Learning Analytics:★★★
Works Well.
Cognitive Presence: ★★★
Enhancement of Cognitive Task(s):★★★
Works Well.
Higher Order Thinking:★★★
Works Well.
Feedback on Learning:★★☆
Minor Concerns. Opportunities to share feedback with the users are available but limited.

Security and Privacy

While Google Apps are considered a secure service, using personal accounts for teaching and learning may put the users' data outside of University control and may go against the University Policy.

Support Information

Inquiries can be sent directly to Jamboard Help