Using Google Jamboard With Google Meet in The Online Classroom

Table of Contents

  1. Introducing Google Jamboard and Google Meet

  2. How do I combine Google Jamboard and Google Meet to facilitate ‘breakout groups’ in my online class?

  3. Here’s an Example of Using Jamboard with Google Meet in the Online Classroom

  4. Using Google Docs to Set up a Master Document – with Examples and Template Link

  5. Setting up the Jamboard – with Examples and Template Link

  6. Using Jamboard with Google Meet in the online Classroom: Points to Consider


1. Introducing Google Jamboard and Google Meet

When teaching online do you want with small groups? Would you like them to have some way of documenting and recording their thoughts and ideas on a particular topic?  Using Google Jamboard with Google Meet in the online classroom is a great way of getting students together for smaller group activities you have planned for your lesson. In this article I will show you a strategy I have used successfully in my online classroom. It would work for any subject. Towards the end of this article I will provide you with the documents I use  – you can copy these and adapt them for your own use. 

Now is a great moment to see how new technologies can help and enrich your online teaching

The impact of the COVID19 situation is wide ranging and education has taken real knock sideways recently. With schools closed the pressure is on the teachers (…when is it ever not on the teachers?!) to deliver content effectively.  As I write this, here in Europe, most countries have been in lock down for nearly 9 weeks. Initially just getting the content to classes via google classroom was enough  – but that is changing now. Most of my students are now ready to try something new and develop their online learning skills. Teachers have a wide range of tools in front of them – but some of my firm favorites are within the google suite. They offer a nice, smooth user experience that melds all the handy google tools such as docs, sheets and drawing. But also because they are simple and easy to use – exactly what you need when you are working online with a large group of students. 

Google Jamboard and Google Meet

Jamboard is actually both a physical piece of hardware and also a google app. The app should be available in the ‘google waffle’  If your school has subscribed to the g-suite of products. Look for the jamboard logo :

All aboard the Jamboard.

…or add Jamboard to your collection of apps using the G-App launcher. Once you have the Jamboard app you are ready to go. One big advantage of Jamboard is that it’s locked in with google drive so students will have their work all saved automatically in their own drives – this makes the whole process far easier. New jamboard are called ‘Jams’ and all Jams are automatically stored in your google drive. 

Jamboard technology also spills over into a 55 inch (139cm) whiteboard that is fully connected to the cloud. 

Google’s physical Jamboard. costs a few months of a teachers pay packet. Luckily you can also just use the app like I do.

The physical version of Jamboard costs around 5K, – yes $5000 dollars, plus an annual fee of around $600 for maintaining the technology. Buying a Jamboard. So this piece of kit is firmly aimed at educational and corporate collaboration spaces and less at the individual user. The good news is that you don’t need the physical version of the Jamboard to use it in the classroom with the students. See below for how to do that. 

Google Meet is, or was, the paid version of Google’s popular google hangouts app. I say was because right now (May 2020) it’s free for all users to use. This is due to the state of lockdown in most countries in response to the COVID19 crisis. I have used google meet extensively over the past few months and it’s a perfectly intuitive, easy to use platform for conducting online meetings. It even works with large numbers – we have had meetings with almost 100 staff in google meets. You can find google meet in your ‘google waffle’ at the top of most google apps. If you can’t find it use the G-app launcher. 

G App Launcher
If you don’t have Jamboard and/or Google Meet in the google ‘Waffle’ use the G App Launcher to find the apps and add them.













Click the waffle (the grid of squares in the top right of most google apps such as gmail), then the settings ‘cog’ to open the G-App launcher and add Google Meet or Jamboard.

2. How do I combine Google Jamboard and Google Meet to facilitate ‘breakout groups’ in my online class?

One great way of doing this is to use google Doc set up a ‘Master’ document. This google doc would:

  • Outline the Learning Objectives
  • Provide all the necessary meet and jamboard links for the students
  • Outline the roles for each student
  • Outline any necessary ground rules, timings etc.


3. Here’s an Example of Using Jamboard with Google Meet in the Online Classroom:

Class Duration: This idea would span two lessons with moderately able students. Three lessons may be needed if the students have little knowledge of the material beforehand.

How would I start the class?  Each lesson would begin with the full group together using the ‘whole class’ google meet link.  Once we’ve got the ‘joke of the day’ 😉  and greetings out of the way I move on to an explanation of today’s task.

How do students break out into small groups? Once the greetings and explanations are complete the groups move to their respective break-out groups using the ‘Small Group’ google meet links. These links are found in the master document – see the explanation and link below. 

4. Using Google Docs to Set up the Master Document (with Examples and Template Link) 

Master Doc: First Page with Objectives and Links for the Students:

Google doc for organising the jamboard activity.
Using Google Docs to organise the groups and assign roles to students. Links are also included in the right hand column.



Master Doc: Second Page with Role and Explanations for each Student

Download this document for yourself: Master Google Doc Template (Google Drive Link)  Did you find it useful? Send me a mail at and let me know, thanks ! 


Here’s an example of how a Jamboard could look, I use this one for teaching grade 9 NGSS science. Each group has three Jamboard slides to work on over 2-3 lessons: 

Jamboard Lesson One:* Part one is the introduction to Jamboard – each group spends a quick  5 mins practising their drawing skills. I would only allow groups to do this who are new to Jamboard: 

Start up task – introduce the Jamboard tools to the students with a quick (5-10 min), fun activity. It’s not a bad idea to make sure this board is separate for each group to avoid any ‘distractions’ to other groups.














*  Classes with management ‘issues’ (teachers: I think you know what I mean) might need the introductory task separating out into separate jamboard. This stops the students from moving across Jamboard slides to see the fun happening with Jim Carry and the development of his moustache in other groups. Keep this task exclusive to each group – much easier.

Jamboard Example: Lesson Two: Here the students spend the rest of a one hour lesson reviewing atomic structure from previous lessons. They use the jamboard to document their knowledge and discussion by annotating with labels and drawings:

An example of a task using the Jamboard. Students label, annotate and ask questions. I can shift quickly through each google meet group, listening to each discussion and questions about areas they are yet to explain.













Jamboard Lesson Two: Lesson Three: The students breakout into small groups using the relevant google meet link in the ‘master ‘ document. The students spend one lesson exploring the periodic table and the identifying trends and patterns they can see. They use the Jamboard to document the patterns they know and new ones they have researched. The excellent is highly recommended for support material. 

A second example of a task in Jamboard. Students carry out their research and add the patterns and trends they see. I drop into their google meet regularly throughout the lesson. Many groups finish early, If I am not currently in their small group in google meet, they let me know via the class chat on google hangouts. I drop in to see their progress. I usually point out some areas that need more thought or details. I try my best to give minimal prompts, as I feel learning happens when they carry out their own research.





Plenary: We meet back as a whole group using the link in the master document. We review any issues they have had and each group briefly shares their Jamboard – maybe one or two of the main discussion points they have had. 

Download this document for yourself: Jamboard Document Template (Google Drive Link)  Did you find it useful? Send me a mail at and let me know, thanks ! 

6. Using Jamboard with Google Meet in the online Classroom: Points to Consider

Follow up: Spend at least half a lesson with the class as a group going through their jamboard and reviewing the work they did. You could even give the class 20 mins to return to their Jamboard as a break out group and improve them further after the class discussion. 

Grading: Assess for Attitude To Learning: This task isn’t really suitable for a summative grade. In my opinion it’s far better to give a formative grade based on their performance during the task. Enforce productivity and keep students on track by letting students know you will be assessing their ’Attitudes to Learning’  at the end of the task. Areas you could focus on are teamwork and self management skills 

Feedback: Each team could use a google form to provide you with private feedback on how they as a student got on. You can also ask for information on how well their teammates worked – this should help you assess each student fairly on their attitudes to learning. 

So  – by way of summary – you can combine google docs, google meet and google jamboard to allow students to collaborate in small groups in your class. There’s the links again for my templates  – you can make a copy of these and use them for your own classes. Just update them with your own links and specific content.

Jamboard Document Template (Opens in Google Drive)

Master Google Doc Template (Opens in Google Drive)

This is one example of how to get your students working in small groups using Google Meet with Jamboard. I hope this is helpful – if you found it useful let me know: Are you interested in the IB qualification? Do you either teach or study IB sciences? If so check out my detailed, helpful articles on the IB sciences IA and the IB science Extended Essays: 11 Tips to get Top Marks. 

Many thanks – HolaTutorTom.