A few months ago, I published this post with 6 Google Jamboard activity ideas. Feedback has been extremely positive so far!

I’m now going to share some more activities, which I think are fun and useful, not only for teachers, but teacher trainers as well.

1. Jumbled picture story.

This storyboard was taken from Jim Scrivener’s GREAT book, Learning Teaching, Macmillan Publishers for teachers (DVD downloadable worksheets).

What I did was:

  1. Take a screenshot of the storyboard.
  2. Cut it up into 16 pictures.
  3. Insert jumbled picture story into a jam.
  4. Give students permission to edit the jam.
  5. Ask them to order the pictures (drag and drop-see below).
  6. Students then tell the story.

Read my post A jumbled picture story and download the materials here.

2. Text reconstruction

Some weeks ago, a fellow ELT blogger, Matthew Noble, was looking for ways to use jamboard for text reconstruction. He then tweeted that we can also use the text box tool, not just sticky notes. Thanks for this, Matthew!

You can jumble up a text and ask students to reorder it. It can be a story, email or any other genre you want them to become familiar with. It helps notice the structure of different text types, as well as cohesion and coherence. The text box tool is more appropriate for this activity, sticky notes can be more distracting.

Look at the pic below to see where you can find the text box:

Here is how I used this technique with my B1 exam students: In the first picture, there is a jumbled letter and in the second, the correct version, after students moved the parts around and put them in the right order.

text adapted from this website

3. Categorising tasks

You can check understanding of vocabulary by asking students to put sticky notes under the correct category. You could have more than two categories, this is just an example of how I used it. The topic was working remotely. Students had to decide which are perks and which are challenges and then infer meaning of unknown lexis.

before:

after:

I’m sure this can work for teacher training sessions as well, e.g. categorising sounds, stages of a lesson, assessment criteria, approaches, etc..

4. Giving online feedback to teachers

Have you heard of our Lesson Jams? They are informal meetings that take place every second Saturday, to help us teachers stay socially connected and learn from one another. We exchange lesson ideas in breakout rooms and then give feedback on each other’s work, using Google Jamboard. We’ve created a jam template where..

1..there is a sailboat which represents our lesson idea.

2..sticky notes above sea level are the strengths of our activities (or the wind in our sails).

3…sticky notes below sea level are constructive comments or suggestions (the anchor).

I can’t take credit for this though..it was Myles Klynhouts idea, who adapted it from The Lightning Decision Jam!

I think it’s great for peer observations. Teachers or trainees post their feedback there, while or after observing and then expand on their comments in a feedback session.

If you’re a teacher trainer and you’d like to try this, here’s an example of how some of my fellow breakout room mates and I completed the feedback jam:

5. Recording errors

A lot of teachers I know, use jamboard to take notes of students’ mistakes and then project the jam for delayed correction. I guess it’s because colour sticky notes make feedback time more playful and less threatening?

One thing you can do is use one jam per student/group and just add an extra slide per lesson. If you share the link with students, they can have access to the whole jam; they can revisit old slides and reflect on past mistakes, check which ones they can correct and look up the ones they still can’t “fix”.

2 more Google Jamboard ideas from my fellow Lesson Jammers, Neil and Vicky:

In this post, Neil Anderson has created and shared two templates, one of which aims to help his students discuss milestones in their lives, chronologically.

In this post, Vicky Margari explains how she’s borrowed the concept of Johari Windows to get students to discover things they have in common.

References:

Scrivener, J. (2011), Learning Teaching, The Essential Guide to English Language Teaching, Oxford, Macmillan.

https://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/skills/writing/intermediate-b1-writing/letter-friend?page=2

https://uxplanet.org/lightning-decision-jam-a-workshop-to-solve-any-problem-65bb42af41dc