Whiteboards, but Make it Virtual: Using Google Jamboard to Promote Interactivity

Poster Description: This poster will explore the use of Google Jamboard, an online collaborative whiteboard tool, in library instruction sessions as a way to encourage low-stakes interactivity. It will offer sample Jamboard templates and lesson plans to create quick, flexible engagement opportunities during in-class library instruction.

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Presenter Name: Carrie Baldwin-SoRelle, Lehigh University

Presenter Bio: Carrie Baldwin-SoRelle is the Social Sciences and Scholarly Communications librarian at Lehigh University. She is an OER Specialist with Affordable Learning PA and serves on the steering committee for the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC) Information Literacy Learning Community.

16 replies on “Whiteboards, but Make it Virtual: Using Google Jamboard to Promote Interactivity”

I love jamboard but hadn’t thought to use it in this way! In addition to increased participation in the activity, did you get any other feedback from students on their experience with using it for the class?

Hi Lisa, I haven’t had any direct feedback about Jamboard specifically from students (though I also haven’t asked directly about it). I have had several faculty who responded very positively and started using it after I used it in their class.
– Carrie

Very cool ideas – thank you for the templates! On your Process slide (4) you note three main sections of the class session; about how long did you spend on each?

Hi Megan, Thanks! It depended on how long the class was/how much time I got, but generally it was ~10-15 minutes to introduce concepts, 15 minutes on the jamboard, and 20 on research concepts & the demo. If I had a longer class, I’d go back to the jamboard as a group, otherwise I’d just reference it verbally. Let me know if you have any questions about using the templates!

Excellent poster and great idea of using jamboard, which can also be used in asynchronous teaching. Thank you for sharing the templates.

This is great, thank you for sharing! I know you mentioned that part of the appeal is that you could use an entire class rather than putting students into breakout rooms, but if you have them working in smaller groups (for example my writing classes often have small peer groups that they break into regularly that we use doing our one-shot collaborations) is it fairly easy to keep an eye on multiple boards at once so you can course correct different groups if they run into trouble?

Hi Mary-Michelle, thanks! There are a few ways you could approach multiple groups, depending on the size of the class. If your class is less than 50 people, you could use multiple slides on one Jamboard (flipping between them using the arrows at the top). If it’s a bigger class, or if you want to keep the groups more separate, you could just use different jamboards. I do often break a class into groups for the IDing and Distinguishing Sources exercise (slide 8), have each group look at one source in detail, and then talk through them all together. It’s pretty easy to flip between multiple slides for that, and I wouldn’t think it would be too hard to keep jamboards open in different tabs and flip between them. I don’t usually intervene much while students are adding to the board anyway, so it would only be an issue keeping track of them when reviewing them as a group. Let me know if I didn’t quite answer your question!
Best, Carrie

You may want to lock down your Jamboards. I just posted a few harmless sticky notes, but I could have done a lot more.

I really enjoyed using jamboards and may try using them with Webex, since Webex plays nicely with most browser windows. Students would be able to see each other post notes in real time.

Hi Eileen, thanks for the suggestion – I locked down the templates but obviously not the class boards initially, but have done so now. One small difficulty I didn’t mention in the presentation is that even though my university uses enterprise Google, many students stay logged into their personal Google accounts so I generally need to make them fully public, and keeping up with the permissions can be a lot to keep track of. It’s generally not an issue since I don’t reuse boards, but obviously it’s a bit different for this presentation! Thanks for the reminder.

This is fantastic! My university just got Jamboards in March, and I have been trying to incorporate them into my instruction. This gave me some great ideas for the fall. Thank you!

I was recently introduced to Jamboard, but haven’t used it in a class setting, yet. Thank you for sharing the information and the templates. This is extremely helpful.