Skip to main content

University
Library

DSC Equipment

Google Jamboard Quickstart

Google JamboardWritten By: Shahin Karami
Last Updated: Winter Quarter 2019

Contents:

The Google Jamboard is a 55-inch interactive smart whiteboard. The Jamboard is meant to bring together a number of Google services to facilitate real-time group collaboration. The Jamboard works with your GSuite account (drive, docs, sheets, etc.) and incorporates Google web and image search to bring in outside material. The Jamboard interactive abilities include search, shape and handwriting recognition, AI for auto-drawing and more typical whiteboard-like drawing capabilities. The Jamboard can interact with tablets, computers, and smartphones. Its hardware, software, and mobile apps are made to be used together--encouraging collaboration across various platforms.

Most importantly, any work you do on a Jam will save to your Google Drive for access at a later point.  Jams can be saved and shared with permissions for edit, view, or both.

 

The Google Jamboard Pilot is a collaborative project with the Faculty Instructional Technology Center (FITC). Check out FITC's page on the Jamboard Pilot to sign up for a time slot.

What's Included in the Kit

  • 1 Jamboard
  • 2 Magnetic Pens
  • 1 Magnetic Eraser

 

Turning on and off the Jamboard

To turn on the Jamboard:

Set up the Jamboard by simply placing were you desire and plugging it into a power source. Once plugged into a power source, look behind the Jamboard to find the power button along with the volume and input select buttons. 

To turn off the Jamboard:

Make sure that you have closed your Jam (see below). Once you close your Jam, press the power button on the back of the board and confirm that you would like to power the Jamboard down on the screen to turn off the Jamboard.

 

Saving a Jam to your Google Drive


First, make sure you have created a Jam and that you are the owner of the Jam. You can do this by signing in with your UCSC email. When you create a Jam it is automatically saved to your Google Drive. This Jam is then able to be edited form you personal computer, tablet, or smartphone (must download app for tablets and smartphones see below)

Sharing your Jam


To share your Jam with another person select the “Share” option in the menu and enter the email addresses of the people that you would like to share with. 

 

Closing your Jam


Close your Jam by selecting the “Close this Jamboard” option located at the bottom of the menu on the left side of the screen. Once you confirm that you would like to close the Jam no other log-out will be required and the next person that checks out the Jamboard will not be able to see the previous Jam.

Drawing Tools

 

Tool

How to use it

Draw

Draw

Choose a pen and use your finger or a stylus to draw (if the finger erasing option is on, then using your finger will erase rather than draw). You can draw with other people at the board at the same time or collaborate with people on the tablet app.

Erase

Erase

Choose the eraser and erase with your finger, a stylus, or a Jamboard eraser. You can use more than one finger to make the eraser bigger. Touch and hold the Erase tool to get the Clear Board option.

Note: The eraser only works with the drawings made using the pen.  If you want to erase or delete an object, touch and hold it and drag it to the bottom of the frame.

Shape recognition

Shape recognition

Choose the Shape recognition tool and use your finger or a stylus to draw a shape. The tool converts your drawing into a shape object.

Draw from one shape to another to add a line that connects the shapes.

Handwriting recognition

Handwriting recognition

Choose the Handwriting recognition tool and use your finger or the stylus to write text. The tool converts your handwriting into printed text.

Autodraw

Autodraw

Choose the Autodraw tool to draw shapes and objects that can be recognized and transformed into actual images on the jamboard.

Select

Select

Choose the Select tool and use your finger or the stylus to outline a drawing. You can then drag it to move it around the frame or pinch to resize it. Use the Select tool to grab objects and drawings made with the pen tools.

When using Select, you can also move objects around quickly by just tapping on them and dragging them. No drawing strokes will be generated when using the Select tool.


Tool descriptions from Google
:

Object Tools

Icon

How to use it

Add a Drive file

Add a Drive file

You can add a file to the Jamboard from Drive on the phone or tablet app.  For details, see Use mobile apps and web viewer.

Search web

Search web

Choose the Search web tool and enter text to search for information. For details, see Add images and content from the web. On the keyboard that appears, you can use Glide Typing in addition to the regular keyboard.

Search images

Search images

Use the Search images tool to find copyright–free images online. For details, see Add images and content from the web. On the keyboard that appears, you can use Glide Typing in addition to the regular keyboard.

Insert sticker or stencil

Insert sticker or stencil

Choose the Insert sticker or stencil tool to add images from the gallery to your jam. Stickers you add to the frame exist as objects which you can easily resize and move around.

Insert note

Insert note

Add a text note to your jam. Double-tap a note to edit the text or change the color. To duplicate a note, touch and hold the note and then in the top-right corner tap Copy .

Take photo

Take photo

Choose the Take photo tool to add an image to your jam.  Add an image stored on your device or tap Take photo Take photo again to take a new photo.

Duplicate

You can touch and hold any object to use the Duplicate tool. When you press the tool, the object will be duplicated.

Tool descriptions from Google

Erasing / Deleting stuff on the Board


You can Erase any freehand drawings made with the pen using either the eraser or your fingers.,
Note: using your finger as an eraser is a setting option that can be turned off in the setting which is found in the menu.

You can delete any shape/text, picture/sticky note, and documents by selecting the object using a long press and dragging the item to the bottom of the board where you should see a red trash bin icon pop up. 

 

Adding / Deleting / Duplicating a Board


Look toward the top middle of the Jamboard. Here you can tap the frame bar to see which page you are on. Click the arrows to add a new page (up to twenty) or to navigate existing pages. You can press and hold a page to reorder it. 

To delete a page swipe the page down.

To duplicate a page swipe the page up.

 

Mobile Apps and Web Viewer


Use the mobile app to insert your own Google Drive documents.  The app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or the App Store. Alternatively, one could create, view, and edit a Jam through Google Drive. To create a Jam through your Google Drive, click on “New”, select the “More” option followed by the “Google Jamboard” option

 

Add Images and Content from the Web


To add images to your Jam, select the “Search Images” option and type in what you would like. Once you find the image that you desire drag and drop the image on to your Jam. Note: Images that are found via the “Search Image” are copyright-free images. 

Content from the web can be added to your Jam by selecting the “Search Web” option. Type in what you desire and search as you would from your traditional web browser. Once you have found what you are looking for you can crop the desired portion of the search and drop it into your Jam