Let’s talk digital task cards. If you’re looking for low prep, high engagement activities, you need to meet Boom cards. Boom task cards are interactive virtual activities that can be used with any device. They’re fun for kids to use, easy for teachers to assign, AND they give you automatic progress monitoring!
Let’s jump in!
Boom Cards Overview
Boom cards are digital task cards hosted on the Boom Learning platform. When you make a Boom account, you can assign “decks,” or sets, of task cards to students. (You can create your own decks or use ones available in the Boom store or on Teachers pay Teachers.)
Students complete the decks by using a variety of skills like clicking on answer choices, typing answers, and dragging objects (great TEI skills practice)! And I love that they get automatic feedback as they play!
Check out the video below for an idea of how a Boom card works.
You can use Boom cards with any grade level to support virtually any subject area, topic, or skill, from math to ELA to science and much more! And because they’re all in the cloud, there’s no laminating, cutting, or storage to worry about!
Setting Up Your Boom Classroom
First, you’ll need to sign up for a Teacher account.
Next, you can create a Classroom for your students. Click the Classes tab on the dashboard. You can choose to add students manually (either one student at a time or by batching) or import them from Google Classroom.
Boom will prompt you to create a password for each student. There’s also an option to choose a picture password for younger students. Students will need to log in with this info (depending on how you assign the cards) in order to start using Boom.
After adding all your students, you should see their names and avatars listed.
While you’re here, you can also change your avatar and user name, as well as make changes to your profile.
Assigning Decks to Students
First, you’ll have to add decks to your library. You can do this with a link from TpT or by browsing the Boom store. When you find a deck you want to use, click “Buy Now” (to purchase) or “Add to library” (if it’s free).
Now, if you click on the library tab, you should see the deck there. Click on the Action drop-down button next to the deck. You have a few choices:
- assign: assign the deck to a class
- fastpin: use this if you don’t want to require students to log in to play (this will NOT track student data)
- hyperplay link: grab a link to the deck to share elsewhere (students will be prompted to log in and then they can play)
If you want to assign the deck through Google Classroom or another LMS like Canvas, SeeSaw, Schoology, Microsoft Teams, etc., just grab the hyperplay link and add it to the assignment you create there. You can use a fastpin URL instead, if you don’t need to track data.
Another way to assign decks is right in the Classes tab. When you have your class open, you can click on Assignments and then “Assign More Decks.” It will show all the decks in your library. This is the way to go if you want to assign multiple decks to your class.
You also click on individual students’ names to assign decks one by one if you want.
If you assign decks through Assign or a hyperplay link, you can track students’ progress. You can do this from the Classes tab (click on Reports) or the Library tab.
As students start to play the Boom cards, data will automatically show up. You can track whether a deck is incomplete, the length of time someone spent playing, the number of cards answered correctly, and more.
Are You Ready to Try Boom?
I hope this little tutorial helps you feel EXCITED to get started using Boom Cards with students! Don’t worry, there are a ton of FAQs and how-to videos on the site if you get stuck.
Be sure to grab my FREE Boom card decks below. Each has a free 4-card play preview to give you a feel for how the cards work!
I hope you LOVE Boom as much as I do!! Let me know what questions you still have!