Using Balsamiq in Your Classroom
Balsamiq Wireframes is the industry-leading rapid wireframing software that combines the comfort and simplicity of paper sketching with the power of a digital tool.
We are proud to offer instructors a long-term, extended trial for Wireframes for Desktop or Wireframes for Google Drive for the duration of your course, free of charge.
If you haven't already, select which version you want to use below, and apply to the Balsamiq Software Donation Program.
Which version should I use?
Both versions use the same wireframing editor. The differences are mostly in how and where project files are stored. Read below for details or learn more about Balsamiq Wireframes.
Wireframes for Desktop
- Native apps for macOS and Windows
- Edit projects locally
- No internet connection required (after registration)
- Perfect for individual student use
Wireframes for Google Drive
- Integrated with Google Drive and G Suite apps
- Create, edit and share wireframes directly from Google Drive within a browser
- Collaborate on wireframes in real time
- Perfect for individual student or team use
What do I do after getting approved?
Once we review your application and you are approved for a free extended trial we will send you a key to share with your students (Desktop) or extend your free trial (Google Drive).
Start by installing the software yourself, this will help you be able to walk your students through the process.
If you have any questions or need help, contact us.
Suggested Lesson Plan
User interface overview
The core of Balsamiq Wireframes is the editor, which is the same in all versions of our products. The editor interface is made up of five primary areas: the toolbar, the UI Library, the canvas, the navigator panel and the properties panel. Each is described below.
The navigator panel on the left shows the list of wireframes, assets or Symbols in your project. The currently selected object is highlighted.
The toolbar contains a series of icons for performing actions on other areas of the user interface.
Consists of premade UI Controls that can be dragged onto the Canvas to create a user interface.
The area where UI Controls are placed and arranged.
A configuration panel that contains common actions (e.g. alignment, layering) and properties that are specific to each UI Control.
Visit the Editor Overview documentation for more details.
Introducing wireframes to your students
|1.||Create your first wireframe||Instructor guide (PDF | Google Doc)|
|2.||Copy an existing UI to learn how it was designed||Instructor guide (PDF | Google Doc)||Balsamiq project file (.bmpr)|
|3.||Add a feature to an existing app||Instructor guide (PDF | Google Doc)||Balsamiq project file (.bmpr)|
We've selected pre-built templates from our Wireframes to Go library that might be useful for student projects.
Learn how to use Wireframes to Go.