How to use FigJam in the classroom: 20 ideas + templates

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Ed Tech | Thursday, September 28, 2023

How to use FigJam in the classroom: 20 ideas + templates

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We learned quickly how to use online whiteboards during remote teaching and many of us now even have interactive displays in our classrooms.

But how does that translate to face to face learning?

And how do we make the most of new technology like interactive displays in our classrooms?

Enter FigJam, an online collaborative whiteboard developed by Figma. It's perfect for both blended learning and whole-class instruction with interactive displays. Its user-friendly interface and engaging features are quickly making FigJam a favorite among educators.

Really, it has all the features we hoped Google Jamboard would have (but didn't).

And now, with Google Jamboard being phased out, FigJam can step in and fill that void with a product that's not going anywhere AND the ability to migrate Jamboard files into FigJam.

So ... what's it all about? How do we use it?

In this post we'll explore some of the standout features that make FigJam a must-try tool for teachers and ways to use them in your class tomorrow.

What is FigJam?

FigJam is an online collaboration tool developed by Figma that allows groups to brainstorm, develop, and organize ideas. Multiple people can work on a FigJam board at the same time, adding reactions to other people's work and even sharing fun "emotes" that display their emotion in the moment.

Getting started with FigJam

In this FigJam 101 overview for education you will learn the ins and outs of FigJam while exploring a FigJam file. Learn FigJam's core classroom use cases, become more familiar with FigJam tools and explore some of their templates!

FigJam 101 overview for education

In Day 1: Exploring FigJam your students will go through four different activities to help them learn and discover the possibilities of FigJam. They will use the marker tool to draw a self portrait, add a stamp to a place they would like to visit, use the sticky notes to share some of their favorites and record a voice memo with their best animal impression.

Day 1 in FigJam: Exploring with Students

Must-know FigJam features

Thankfully, FigJam is a really intuitive app -- meaning, it's easy to figure out just by trying it. However, there are some features and details that take a bit of explaining. Once you get them, though, it makes your use of FigJam more powerful! Here are some of our favorite FigJam features to get you up to speed.

Sticky Notes

What are they? Virtual sticky notes are perfect for jotting down ideas, thoughts, and reminders during brainstorming sessions or group activities. They are easy to create, resize, and customize with different colors. You can also turn on authorship to see students’ names attached to their stickies.

Learn more: Sticky notes in FigJam

Pen and Highlighter

What are they? FigJam provides drawing tools like the marker and highlighter, allowing students to doodle, sketch, and highlight important information on the board. You can also add washi tape to your FigJams!

Learn more: Doodle and highlight in FigJam with drawing tools

Shapes and Connectors

What are they? With FigJam's shapes and connectors, students can create diagrams, mind maps, and flowcharts to visualize relationships between ideas and better understand complex concepts. You can add text to shapes and connecting lines to show relationships more effectively.

Learn more: Create diagrams and flows with connectors and lines and Visualize information using shapes with text


What is it? The built-in timer feature in FigJam helps teachers manage classroom activities and keep students on track. It's perfect for timed brainstorming sessions, group work, and other time-sensitive activities

Learn more: Stay on track with the timer in FigJam

Stamps and Emotes

What are they? Stamps and emotes in FigJam allow students to react to ideas and provide quick feedback in real-time. These fun and engaging elements encourage active participation and collaboration among students.

Learn more: Stamps, emotes, and high-fives

Link Previews

What are they? Link previews in FigJam help guide meeting participants to focus on the content that matters most, making it easy for teachers to direct students' attention to specific areas of the board.

Learn more: Add link previews in FigJam


What are they? FigJam enables students to leave comments on each other's work, ask questions, and provide feedback, fostering a supportive learning environment.

Learn more: Comments in FigJam


What are they?  Widgets in FigJam offer additional functionality and customization options, allowing teachers and students to tailor their boards to their specific needs. Some favorites are the voice memo, spinner and photo booth widgets.

Learn more: Customize your space with widgets


What are they? Stickers in FigJam help organize content and give students distinct spaces to collaborate.

Learn more: Use stickers and libraries in FigJam


What are they? Sections in FigJam provide a way to organize and structure content on the board, making it easier for students and teachers to navigate and collaborate. Teachers can also hide sections and unveil them to guide students through a lesson.

Learn more: Organize your FigJam board with sections

High Fives

What are they? High fives in FigJam are a fun way to celebrate achievements and encourage collaboration. This feature adds an element of excitement and positivity to the learning experience

Learn more: Stamps, emotes, and high-fives

20 ideas for using FigJam in class (plus templates)!

So ... what could this look like in class? I'm glad you asked! Here are several ideas for using it with your students.  

Need help bringing FigJam to your school or class? Fill out the form here! You can email for any questions or to schedule a free PD training.

1. Icebreaker trading cards

Creating your own trading card is such a fun way to build community and learn about one another. Have everyone create their own card to share a picture and a little bit about themselves with one another. 

2. All about me student intro activity

Wouldn't it be nice to have all of your students' digital all about me posters in one place? Well you can with this FigJam template that takes a fun and collaborative twist on the all about me project.

3. Podcast cover design

Designing a podcast cover is a fun way for students to express their passions and themselves. Use this template to have students create their designs and then share and discuss them with each other.

4. Learning preferences

Have students will create personalized profile cards and complete with their photos and interests with this template. Through this activity students will learn more about themselves and each other.

5. Class check-in

A whole class check in is a great bell-ringer to get a feel for how your students are feeling individually and overall. This template makes it easy to use every day.

6. Voting with FigJam

A quick check for understanding, a this or that prompt discussion or an opinion poll are easy ways to give your class the opportunity to share their voice. You can use this voting template in many different ways with your class.

7. Frayer model

The Frayer model provides a framework for a thorough understanding of new words by defining, illustrating, and providing examples of key terms. This framework promotes deeper understanding and vocabulary retention.

8. Book recap

With this template students can use sticky notes to write a quick 2-3 line summary of each chapter in their book. It could help with an overall summary, a book report or just a way to recap the book as they read.

9. Classroom brainstorming

FigJam is great for brainstorming -- gathering ideas, sorting them, organizing them into different sections or spaces, moving them together, drawing lines to connect important ideas, etc. Give students a brainstorming space -- and, if it fits, let them collaborate, too!

10. Class debate

Use this template to lead students through a debate prep activity. Assign your students a side of the debate and have them brainstorm their approach to their claim with evidence and sources. They can even record themselves as they present their argument and share it on the FigJam file.

11. Vocabulary list

This template gives students lots of options to practice and learn new vocabulary terms. They can create a definition themselves or you can create the definitions and they can complete the practice activities.

12. Timeline 

This template lets students plot dates and events over a specified time period. It's filled with arrows, connectors, stickies, shapes and more to create eye-catching infographic timelines.

13. Draw in FigJam

This template has cute, colorful drawing boards for a collaborative drawing activity. Add in a fun prompt or encourage students to use the drawing tools to sketchnote. So many creative possibilities.

14. Storyboard

Storyboarding is a powerful way to plan a narrative. Whether you're creating a video, recording a podcast or writing an essay a storyboard can help you plan it out. This template is a great way to make storyboarding a collaborative process.

15. Pros and Cons list

Give students a situation and let them debate the pros and cons. They can do this using sticky notes in a FigJam file.

16. Four corners

Four corners is exactly what you think it is. Pose a question for students with 4 potential reactions to that prompt (Agree, strongly agree, disagree, strongly disagree. Allow students to move a sticky note or write their name in a corner. After everyone has placed their sticky, be sure to discuss why you chose that spot.

17. Think, Pair, Share

The think, pair, share strategy is a fantastic way to get your whole class talking and engaged in whatever you're discussing. With this template your students can record their ideas and prepare for what they want to share out with the whole class.

18. Activity choice board

We love to give our students voice and choice and with this template from FigJam we can open up a whole world of possibilities to our students. You can add videos that can be played right inside the file, add a timer to count down the choice time and even add some music for ambiance.

19. Discussion Diamond

This is an easy way to get your students discussing their thoughts and opinions. Just post a questions and have each write down their thoughts in their designated corner. Afterwards, the students take turns sharing and explaining their ideas with each other. Finally, have students engage in a group discussion and write a summary of their shared perspective in the middle.

20. Bumper sticker exit ticket

Use this template to check your student’s understanding of a topic or lesson by creating a bumper sticker to represent their learning.

FigJam tips and tricks:

  • S= Sticky Note
  • X= Connector
  • M= Maker
  • Shift M= Highlighter
  • T= Text
  • Cmnd/Ctrl + = Zoom in
  • Cmnd/Ctrl - = Zoom out
  • V= Select
  • H= Hand
  • Hold H= High Five
  • W= Washi Tape
  • E= Stamp/Emote
  • R=  Add a Square
  • O=  Add a Ellipse
  • C= Add a Comment

More FigJam resources

Live training

  • Sign up for a free bi-weekly FigJam training workshop here.
  • Invite an educator now on the Figma Edu team to host a live or virtual PD session for your staff – email to schedule.

Tutorials & Courses

Learn at your own pace with Figma’s tutorials:

Learn from FigJam advocates in the Google Champions community:

Teachers can also take FriedOnline’s free FigJam self-paced certification course!


FigJam has hundreds of free templates and lesson plans at Duplicate your own copy to get started in seconds!

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  • Geri D says:

    I am a high school library media specialist. I am excited about finding ways to use Figjam in our classrooms, but PLEASE don’t disregard the need to source images and information in the product itself. An example that doesn’t include these basic requirements of academic integrity suggests that it doesn’t matter.

  • Farrar Williams says:

    Okay, I bit the bullet and tried it. I hope Figjam is listening because there is no way I see this working for the vast majority of educators completely as is. I teach motivated teens who are pretty good at school tasks, not prone to impulse control issues, and generally organized thinkers. I teach live online classes, so my students are reasonably tech savvy. Basically, you’d think if it worked with anyone, it would work in my context. After my test run, I can see it would get better, but I’m not interested in going back in its current form.

    Working with Figjam was like trying to have a serious conversation in the middle of a loud carnival. I understand how to lock down elements on the page, but there doesn’t seem to be any way to lock down features. Students can mess with them nonstop. And even if they don’t mess with them, trying to figure out where to look with a million little hands all swiping everywhere was a massive distraction. It just had too many attractive nuisance elements.

    I really like some of the features, like the polls and voting systems as well as the ability to give ideas feedback in real time on the board. The timer is super useful. The ability to customize and change things around is cool. But I have to be able to lock down how students use it. The number one benefit of Jamboard is that it’s a little bit boring. You need the interface to be a bit more limited so students can focus on the actual learning task at hand.

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