The Beginner’s Guide to Google Jamboard for Remote Teaching

Google Jamboard is the interactive whiteboard app for Google’s Workspace suite of tools. Of course, there’s also a physical Jamboard you can purchase but many schools are using the web version of Jamboard with their students. Accessible through the Chrome Web Browser, it’s a great tool for remote learning. Here’s our guide to using Google Jamboard for Remote Teaching.

The Jamboard Interface

Here’s how Jamboard looks on a Chromebook or other laptop. The toolbar on the left contains all the options for adding content to the Jamboard.

Getting to Know Google Jamboard

First, John Sowash gives us an overview of what Jamboard is and how to get started using it in your classroom.

In this video you’ll learn how to create a Jamboard activity (three ways), look at the tools inside of the Jamboard web and mobile app, and learn how to share your Jamboard activity with your students using Google Meet and Google Classroom(Amazon).

Using Google Jamboard with Zoom

Mackenzie from TeacherFYI has some great tips for using Jamboard with Zoom. Google Jamboard can easily be shared with students, giving them an opportunity to interact with each other during live Zoom calls.

Google Jamboard for Remote Teaching – 20 Tips & Ideas

Matt Miller over at Ditch That Textbook has created a great resource that includes 20+ tips and ideas for using Google Jamboard in your classroom.

These tips include ideas like:

  • Sticky note brainstorming
  • Digital posters
  • Storytelling
  • Graphic organizers
  • And more!

Matt has also included access to a number of free Jamboard templates for many of these ideas.

Using Google Jamboard with Google Meet

Google recently incorporated Jamboard into Google Meet, allowing you to launch a new Jamboard directly from a Google Meet session and share it with all participants.

The EdTech Show has this great video showing you how this integration works and how you can use it with your students.

5 Google Meet Activities

John Sowash has another great video with some ideas to get your started on Jamboard activities for your students.

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How to Create Drag and Drop Activities in Google Slides

Google Slides isn’t just a handy tool for presentations, it’s also a powerful tool for creating student activities. And, with a little work, you can make your Slides interactive.

Here’s some guidance on how to create drag and drop activities in Google Slides that any teacher can start using right away.

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How to Add Citations in Google Docs

Open the Citation tool""

  1. In Docs, open a document.
  2. Click Toolsand thenCitations.
  3. Select a formatting style.

Add a citation source""

  1. In the Citations sidebar, click + Add citation source.
  2. Select the source type and how you accessed the source.
  3. Enter the citation details. To add multiple contributors, click + Contributor.
  4. If a contributor is an organization rather than an individual, click Corporation/organization.
  5. Click Add citation source.

Add an in-text citation""

  1. In your document, place your cursor where you want the citation to appear.
  2. In the Citations sidebar, point to the source and click Cite.
  3. If # appears in your citation, replace it with the page number for your citation or delete it.

Edit a citation source""

  1. In the Citations sidebar, point to the source that you want to edit and click More ""and thenEdit.
  2. Edit any details and click Save source.

Delete a citation source""

In the Citations sidebar, point to the source that you want to delete and click More 

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and then

Delete.

Add a bibliography""

  1. In your document, place your cursor where you want the bibliography to appear.
  2. In the Citations sidebar, at the bottom, click Insert bibliography

How to Conduct a Poll in Google Meet

Recently, Google rolled out a number of new features for Google Meet that have made the tool far more valuable for educators.

One new feature is the ability to conduct polls with Meet participants, giving teachers more options for interactivity with students during remote learning sessions.

In the first video, you’ll see a brief overview of how to conduct a poll in Google Meet.

Of note, the polling feature is only available to Enterprise Education customers. If you’re unsure if you have access to those features, make sure you check with your school’s technology department.

You can create the polls in Google Meet on the fly and you have options to show the live results or not. This features means you could use these polls for some quick formative assessment of your students or get interaction with them for other questions.