Time to talk about the last tool in our Alternative Uses of Google series, and that’s Jamboard! Jamboard is such a new tool and such a multi-use tool just at it’s core, that there aren’t a whole lot of alternative ways to use it. It’s more your imagination on how to build collaboration through this environment that makes it go.
Jamboard is also a fascinating backstory. It started as the software companion piece that goes with what they call Google Workspace. Workspace is basically a $5000 SmartBoard that was intended to be the collaborative environment for things like board rooms. People could add a ton of things on the board digitally including drawings, images, text, sticky notes, and more. The innovation was that you really did not have to be in the same location to do so, as the collaborative WhiteBoard lived online.
Google eventually turned that collaborative software that drove Workspace into its own product, and now it lives in Google Drive as JamBoard. It allows you to open a board with all the same sharing and permissions that permeate Google products and collaborate with any one wherever they are.
The key is that these are in Drive so Google schools can use them for FREE. It can turn into an incredibly idea generation tool that you could share with all of your students to get their input and knowledge on a topic. It could also be an awesome way for students to begin the collaboration piece in a student project.
Those school uses are pretty straightforward right? Well since it’s a tool not many know is there or use, we are going to consider them alternative!