What are BOOM CARDS?
The website Boom Learning is the best thing since task cards. Literally. You can access this educational website for students free of charge… you only pay for the resources you buy (Just like you would on Teachers Pay Teachers). In fact, there are even BOOM CARDS available to buy on TPT, just like any other product. Boom Cards are all the rage right now in this age of distance learning. Whether you are teaching from a virtual classroom or in a typical classroom setting, Boom Cards (the digital task cards) can be very useful to you!
Here is how to get started!
1. Sign Up!
** If you are signing up during the Covid 19 pandemic, you are eligible for a free ultimate account so be sure to check that out**
If you are reading this after the Covid 19 pandemic, you will click “teachers” and sign up for the account of your choosing. I strongly encourage you to at least sign up for a basic account as it allows you to view reports.
With the free account, your students will still be able to use the program and benefit from digital task cards but you can only access the Fast Play option (more info on that here).
If you only sign up for the free account, you can skip step 2 because you won’t be able to create a full classroom to view reports.
2. Create a Classroom
You can either create a classroom manually or import a Google Classroom. For this post, I will be focusing on creating a classroom manually. Once you click “create classroom” you will be able to add students. Look for the button that says “add many students” and enter the names of all your students. You will also select a default password that will apply to all students and you can instruct them to create their own password in their settings if you’d like.
This will populate your classroom and give auto created usernames. You can manually change the user names if you wish by clicking each user name and typing in a name of your choice.
3. Get Shopping!
When you click “Library” at the top of the page, you will notice that there are no decks there. At the bottom of the screen is a lovely green button that says “Get Free Stuff.” Clicking that will take you to the store and displays only free decks for you to try out.
Alternatively, you can click on “store” and search all decks (free and paid). Here you can refine your search by topic, by grade, or by searching for something specific. (You can also purchase decks on Teachers Pay Teachers by typing “boom cards” in the search bar if you prefer).
Paid decks allow you to preview the deck so you can see the type of questions and how the deck is arranged. It will show your 4 cards and you can decide whether to purchase it or not
Go ahead and find a deck you like.
4. Add to your library
Once you find a deck for your students to try, you are going to click “add to library” and click “okay.” If it is a free deck, this will be shown automatically, if it is a paid deck, you will have to click “buy now” first before adding it to your library.
Click “Library” at the top of your page and you will be taken back to see this set in your library section. From here, you will click the blue “action” button on the top right corner of the card and see a list of actions that you can do.
If you are only a free member, the rest of the steps you need to follow are in the post about Boom Cards Fast Play because you won’t be able to add a class and assign sets unless you have only 5 students.
**Please only proceed to the next steps if: you have a trial version for a paid membership and have added a class, you have 5 or less students or if you have a paid membership**
5. Assign to your students
After your deck is in your Boom Cards library, you can assign the set to your students by clicking the blue action icon (discussed above) and clicking “assign”. Once you click the check box next to the classroom you want to assign it to, it is automatically assigned so you can hit X.
6. Tell your students to access the deck
Now is the time you tell your students to log in to boomlearning.com and enter the user name and password that you provide them. They will see the deck you have assigned and will have a certain number of cards to practice.
If you purchase a set with 40 cards, your students will not have to practice all 40 cards (as long as the author was nice enough to change this)! Generally, authors set a certain number of cards for students to practice based on the material. Perhaps they will only get 10 or 20 cards at a time. This is so they won’t get burnt out but also so that they can access the set again and again and get different questions each time.
7. Let the students know their options
Let the students know the different things they can do with each card. Also remind them about the “remind me feature” that bookmarks any card they want to review or the “give up” feature so they can let you know when they really don’t know a card.
You can find more about the student section of Boom Cards on my video on Youtube and skipping to the time stamp 5:40.
8. View your reports
After your students have practiced with the deck, you will see their progress in the reports tab. You can view class or individual reports and see which cards students got wrong and an accuracy percentage for each student. Use this data to pull small groups, assign lower or higher level decks for additional practice or to remind a student to continue to practice the same deck.
9. Shop til you drop
I hope this post helped you to set up your account with ease! Remember, you can watch these instructions and follow along on my Youtube video if you prefer!
Let me know!
In the comments below, let me know if you had any trouble setting up your account or if you have any questions about Boom Learning.
Also, how are you using Boom Cards to enhance your scholars’ learning in the classroom?