Last year my son’s Chemistry teacher created a lot of assignments in Jamboard. He proudly showed me his work. At the time my Algebra kids were humming along with taking pictures of their work on paper. I was intrigued by his projects though and offered up the option to them to give it a try. The class agreed that it was too challenging to write on and it worked just fine to take pictures.
Math 8 was a different story. When I opened it up to them they were mixed. Some students preferred the format and others were really frustrated by it. Our school was using Google Classroom at the time and classroom played very well with my iPad. I could pull their pictures into it, mark them up and grade easily. It didn’t play nicely with Jamboard. So, last spring I offered Jamboard alternatives to students who wanted to use them but stuck with mostly traditional pictures of work.
As with many things, the world has changed since last spring. My school now uses Brightspace and my students are learning concurrently. On any given day we have a mix of students in the classroom and at home. Some students are virtual every day and many are hybrid students. In our district, this means that they attend school in person two days a week and learn virtually two days per week. With COVID we can find ourselves virtual for 2 weeks with little notice. Collaboration and connection are important parts of success in this new landscape.
The paperless classroom
I’m proud of the fact that I’ve turned my math classes almost paperless since the year started. Even with a little bit of paper use, I have made fewer than a couple of hundred copies by December. Jamboard is just one of the many tools I’m using to make this mostly paperless math room work. The complete list of tools:
- Whiteboard.fi (paid for upgraded features)
- Delta Math (paid for upgraded features)
- IXL (free up to 10 problems per day)
- Explain Everything
- Loom (free for teachers)
- Screencastify (free version)
Not all of these tools are for students. Many are just for me for creating materials. I’m trying HARD not to add too many tools, and every day I seem to find a limitation on a free version of something that makes me want to fork over the money for something new.
Looking for Jamboard templates? This great post from Kris Szajner has some great ones in a guest post in Ditch that Textbook. Select the image or click on the link below the image.
I kicked off Jamboards with my kids just a bit before Thanksgiving. All of these examples represent individual Jamboards. The first two slides are examples of Math 8 work and other slides are pages from Algebra work. A big thank you to my students both for working so hard