At initial glance, Jamboard looks like a hardware product. And it is. As a 55-inch digital whiteboard, Google sells a BenQ-made Jamboard with dual styluses, an eraser, and a wall mountain for $4,999, and a $600 per year government and support fee. You can even supplement a rolling stand, if we like, for $1,349. In Jun 2018, Google announced discounted Jamboard pricing for educators that distant a repeated fees: G Suite for Education business can squeeze a Jamboard with government and support for a one-time price of $5,600.
But Jamboard is also software—more precisely, collaborative whiteboard software. Google combined Jamboard as a core G Suite service in Jan 2018. If you’re a G Suite administrator, this means that Google supports a Jamboard use alongside all of a other core apps, such Gmail, Calendar, Drive, and Hangouts Meet, among others.
Google enables a Jamboard use by default for everybody who uses G Suite. To adjust Jamboard availability, a G Suite director can pointer in to a Admin console during admin.google.com, afterwards go to Apps G Suite Jamboard Service Edit use afterwards spin it on or off for everybody in your organization, or for specific organizational units.
Importantly, we can use a Jamboard program but a Jamboard device. The Android and iPad inscription apps let we do roughly all we can do on a earthy Jamboard device. With G Suite and a Jamboard app on a tablet, we have a collaborative whiteboard with we wherever we go. (As of Jun 2018, a Android and iPad phone apps concede entrance to fewer features.) The Android app also works on Chromebooks that support Android apps. You might perspective Jam files in a browser during https://jamboard.google.com, as well.
Jamboard offers 4 blueprint pens and 6 opposite colors, along with a customary eraser, as good as a figure selector we can use to cut-and-move a comparison section. You can supplement a note, insert a photo, or insert one of about 13 emoji-like icons (e.g., thumbs up, thumbs down, a immature checkmark, or a indicating finger, among others) or a identical array of shapes (e.g., a debate bubble, device outlines, or storyboard layouts).
The following 5 facilities make a Jamboard inscription app generally useful for G Suite users.
1. Handwriting, shape, and blueprint recognition
As a final 3 equipment shown on a pull menu, these 3 facilities prominence Google’s appurtenance training expertise. Choose “Aa,” afterwards write—print or cursive—and Jamboard will try to spin your scrawled letters into typed text. Or, name a idol of a block and circle, and a systems will auto-recognize shapes to spin your unlawful turn line into a ideal circle.
But a many considerable underline is AutoDraw, that functions rather like auto-correct for sketches: Draw something that looks vaguely like a common object, and a complement will advise a horde of images that we can corkscrew through, left to right. Tap one, and a comparison picture will reinstate your severe sketch.
2. Insert from Drive
You can insert Docs, Sheets, Slides, or images (including GIFs) from your Google Drive into Jamboard. Select a + icon, afterwards daub a Google Drive image. Search or crop by your Google Drive, afterwards drag-and-drop a record from Google Drive to your Jam to supplement it.
After you’ve combined a multi-page (or multi-slide) object from Drive into your Jam, daub twice on it. That opens adult a mini-viewer that we can use to corkscrew by your document. You can corkscrew by a pages (or slides), afterwards tap-and-drag a specific page into your Jam file.
3. Search, select, insert
Jamboard also includes a mini-browser, that lets we enter a URL or hunt tenure to crop to a web page. Tap a scissor icon, afterwards name a apportionment of a web page that we wish to supplement to your board. Tap a immature “Enter” box to supplement a comparison territory into your Jam file.
4. Boards and backgrounds
Unlike a earthy whiteboard in a discussion room, a singular Jam record lets we supplement additional boards. Just daub a right arrow during a tip of a shade to supplement another board.
To pierce an object from one shade to another, long-press on a object we wish to move, until a object shows a thick immature limit around it, afterwards drag a object to a right or left side of a screen. When we get to your preferred end house and position, lift your finger.
You can re-arrange boards, too. Tap once on a tip of a screen, where a tiny icons paint any of your boards. Then tap-and-hold on any board, afterwards drag it right or left to change a sequence of boards. While still in this view, we can also cgange your house background. Tap a block in a reduce right of a mini-board image, afterwards name from one of 6 opposite backgrounds.
5. Collaborate, share and present
Since Jamboard is a collaborative tool, we can supplement people to a Jam while it is open by drumming a 3 vertical-dot menu in a tip right, afterwards “Add people.” People we entice will accept an invitation to join your Jam file. You can also trade your Jam as a PDF (with any house in a Jam being a page in a PDF) or share a singular house from your Jam as an image.
And, we can benefaction your Jamboard to Hangouts Meet. Choose “Present to meeting”, afterwards daub in a Meeting ID. (Typically this is a array of 10 letters distant into groups by dual hyphens.) Unlike when we benefaction a immobile slide, people in a assembly will see your Jamboard live.
It’s this final feature, for me, that creates Jamboard immensely useful for organizations that use G Suite. The Jamboard apps give we entrance to an always-accessible collaborative whiteboard we can share with your team. It takes a whiteboard from a discussion room and puts it into a device in your bag.
Your knowledge with Jamboard?
Have we attempted Jamboard from your iPad or Android tablet? What’s your knowledge been with a app? Or have we used a Jamboard device? Let me know what your knowledge with Jamboard has been—either in a comments next or on Twitter (@awolber)!
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