Announcing Google Jamboard!

April 3, 2018

The new Jamboard service combines the same real-time, collaborative benefits of other G Suite applications like Google Docs but with a whiteboard interface that allows ideas and projects to come to life. The service is part of the Google Core offering available to the university.

Jamboard App

With the Jamboard app, you can use the Jamboard service with your tablet, phone or the web to connect to a “Jam session” (or Jamboard file) from anywhere. Once connected, several people at a time can collaboratively whiteboard and pull in content from Google Drive and other sources. You can view Jam sessions from any device with a web browser. The G Suite support site has more information on the phone app and the tablet app.

Jamboard files save automatically. The ones that you own appear in your Drive folder. This means you can open, copy, and share jam files from My Drive and Team Drives, and save Jamboard files to My Drive. With this launch you can:

  • Share Jamboard files directly from Drive.
  • Open Jamboard files from Drive in the Jamboard web and mobile applications.
  • Search for Jamboard files in Drive (by entering “type:jam” in the Drive search bar.)

For more information on using Jamboard, check out the Help Center.

Jamboard Kiosk

The Jamboard service can also be used with the Jamboard kiosk - a 55-inch, digital, collaborative whiteboard that works in the cloud. You can create notes, text, and images on the board. And, whatever you put on the board can be shared with the rest of your team, whether they are using another Jamboard in a remote location or on a mobile device, using the Jamboard app. The Jamboard kiosk comes with a passive stylus and an eraser (no batteries needed.) It can be wall–mounted or mounted on a movable stand.

The Collaboration Services team is gauging the interest for Jamboard hardware on campus. Before making any arrangements with a reseller,  please contact ITS if you are interested in purchasing Jamboard kiosk hardware. We will be working to ensure they can be acquired, installed and configured in the best way possible at the University of Michigan.