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Uplevel your Google Jamboard game with custom backgrounds

Uplevel your Google Jamboard game with custom backgrounds

So you’ve discovered Google Jamboard and are finding it a great tool to use with workshop participants.

But it can look a bit dull can’t it?

There’s one thing you can do that is super easy and will take your boards to the next level.

–> Add a custom background. <– 

Just like the one below!*

A custom background has many benefits;

  • Have a background that can’t be accidentally moved by people
  • Have sections identified for different questions / answers
  • Add your own branding and colours
  • Make it look better than a blank screen


The great thing is that it is really easy to create too.  Here’s how:

  • Create a PowerPoint slide to use as the background (or multiple slides for multiple backgrounds)
  • Save the slide/s as a png file/s
  • Go to your Jamboard
    • Select “Set background”
    • Select “image” (last option)
    • Browse for, or drag, your png file
  • Ta-da!

If you prefer a video demo, then here it is – just for you.

You can use this in so many ways, here’s a few you can easily start with:

  • Include your logo
  • Add a prompt question
  • Add a model, grid or framework
  • Create a template for people to fill in


It really does make your boards appear much more engaging, professional and inviting.

Give it a go and let me know what you think!


*Oh, and if you’d like to get your hands on the Car Park board above then you can grab a copy via the Playschool product in the Toybox.

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1 Comment

  1. Anastasia

    Tx! Easy peasy awesome explanation!
    I would add that I have learnt even more than how to make my BG colourful on Jam. I came to know the strategy on how to pre-prepare my workshop presentation to SIMPLIFY( so much needed) the participants interaction. Next Jam will use it and tage an author 🙂


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