Limiting features on Figjam

I’m trying to understand if there’s any way to limit how many features are available to users on FigJam. I understand how to lock things onto the board, but is there any way to stop users from utilizing the many options?

I’m an educator trying to see if it’s a tool that can work for me. My two classes where I’ve tried it have been chaos. Kids are either really distracted by the sheer volume of stuff available to them or they’re overwhelmed by the sensory input of way too much stuff. It’s like holding class in a carnival. I’d love to be able to pick and choose which things they can do. They don’t really need stickers. And stamps. And reactions. And to play music. And to make random polls pop up. And so forth. I might use those things all sometimes, but I’d love to limit the menu of what they can do.

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Hi Farrar,
Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback!
Not at this moment, but it’s definitely in our radar. I’ll make sure to pass your feedback along to our team.
I also switched your topic as a feature request, so we can gauge the overall interest in the community. Thank you!

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I’d second this request. I work as a consulatnt in Ed Tech in the UK. Lots of schools I work with use Jamboard and are looking at FigJam. Unfortunately they are put off by the inability to turn off some of the features mentioned here.

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Yes, I just watched a demonstration via the Ditch Summit - great variety of tools for teachers to use, but would be chaos in a group. One of the things about Jamboard was the simplicity - great for students with SEND as it isn’t too distracting, super easy to introduce and get a lesson up and running quickly, easy to be spontaneous and quickly add one to a class, and the space to work on was clearly defined to the page. I can create a page per student/or sub-group and then flick back and forth on my iPad to watch and comment directly. The demo I saw FigJam seems to be a big white board with some demarcation, but not the clear boundaries of separate pages (which again, was great for SEND students, e.g. those with ADHD/ASD who work best with simplicity and clarity . I had thought I’d transition over for the start of the new year, but I’m going to wait a while still. I really hope you manage to introduce some teacher controls before we all have to transfer over from Jamboard.

I would just like to add my two cents here as well.

It is EXTREMELY important to be able to turn off functions for educators. I don’t need a switchboard of which ones to turn on or turn off…I would just like a “basic view” (only comments-- no emotes or chatting necessary), and then “simple edit” (all the things in the toolbar except the “fun” stuff like stickers), and then “full edit”.

I would also love to be able to turn that off and on immediately for all people on the board. With Jamboard, I got REALLY quick with just rescinding edit access when I wanted student attention/stop why they are doing. However, I can’t do that with the click of a button on FigJam. I wish there was a better way to turn off/on access to interact with the board (including comments).

I love all the things FigJam has to offer, and I want to use it and encourage my peers to use it. It’s just that classroom management can be insanely difficult without more power to the creator of the board.

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