As you’ve probably heard by now, Google has announced that they will be ending their Jamboard feature a year from today:
We’re writing to let you know that we will wind down the Jamboard app next year, and offer integrations with industry-leading third-party whiteboard tools FigJam, Lucidspark, and Miro as alternatives for whiteboarding in Google Workspace. These popular tools have numerous advanced features that empower users to collaborate seamlessly together inside of Google Workspace.
It’s unfortunate but, really, whatever. It’s just another lesson for us educators to not grow dependent on a tech company’s whims.
Their own announcement includes suggested alternatives. Personally, I’m just going to have students go back to creating handwritten posters (obviously, that wouldn’t work if we every have to go back to distance learning – if that happens, I tend to think that Padlet would work well) But there are other possibilities:
While I am sad that Google is ending support for #Jamboard in 2024, there are a lot of great tools that are as good or better than Jamboard. Here are my three favorites.
— John R. Sowash (@jrsowash) September 29, 2023
Desmos saw Google shut down Jamboard and knew what everyone needed. https://t.co/jMkhZ2S74k
— Dan Meyer (@ddmeyer) September 29, 2023
Did you know Google announced Jamboard is being retired? 😢
🎉Fear not! @figma is here to rescue you! Figjam is an even more robust, amazing, FREE platform for schools.
And yes, they are compliant w/your district’s privacy agreement. 🥳
— Rachel Lemansky (@LemanskyRachel) September 28, 2023
ALTERNATIVES TO GOOGLE JAMBOARD is from The Whiteboard Blog.
Exploring Canva Whiteboard as a Jamboard Alternative is from TechNotes.