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Getting Started with Boom Cards in the Classroom

September 3, 2020 No Comments
This tutorial will help you get started using Boom Learning digital task cards with your elementary students

Let’s talk about digital task cards. If you’re looking for low-prep, high-engagement review activities, you need to meet Boom Learning cards. Boom task cards are interactive digital 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!

What are Boom Cards?

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.

Set up your class in Boom Learning

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.

Add new students to your class in Boom Learning

After adding all your students, you should see their names and avatars listed.

View your class roster in Boom Learning

While you’re here, you can also change your avatar and user name, as well as make changes to your profile.

Change your user name, avatar, and profile in your Boom classroom

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).

Use the filters to navigate the Boom Learning store. There are tons of paid and free Boom cards to choose from!

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.

Choose how you want to assign Boom card decks to your students
The Fast Pin option is a great feature in the Boom Learning website.

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.

Assign decks from the classes tab in the Boom Learning site

You also click on individual students’ names to assign decks one by one if you want.

You can assign Boom cards to students one by one in the classes tab

Progress Monitoring

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.

You can monitor student progress on Boom Learning task card decks by looking at the reports tab

As students start to play, 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 Learning?

I hope you’re feeling EXCITED to start using Boom Cards with students! They’re at the top of my list for engaging virtual activities and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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!

This tutorial will walk you through how to get started using Boom Learning task cards with your elementary students!

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