At first I was hesitant to try a new online learning platform. But, once I learned more about using Boom Cards ™️ on Boom Learning ™️, I came to realize that it is an amazing way to share learning activities and games with students. Plus, it is easy to assign Boom Cards on other platforms like Google Classroom™️ and Seesaw!
Why I Love Using Boom Cards
Boom Cards (which are hosted on the Boom Learning platform) are an amazing digital learning tool.
In a nutshell, Boom Cards are digital, self-checking task cards.
They require no prep, no printing, no saving, no downloading.
Sounds amazing, right?
That’s because they are!
A note about this blog post: I’m not endorsed or sponsored by Boom Learning. This blog post is 100% the result of my opinion and experience with Boom Cards and Boom Learning.
Using Boom Cards for Instant Feedback
This is the top reason why I think every primary teacher should be using Boom cards.
I mean, what’s the point of doing a whole page of math problems if you did them all wrong, right? 🤔
Then you spent time practicing the wrong way to do things.
Not with Boom Cards!
By using Boom Cards, you’ll know that your students are getting immediate feedback. This ensures that they practice the right way, and makes their practice worthwhile.
P.S. Students don’t realize they’re practicing. They think they’re playing a game. 😍
Here’s a video where I explain my CVC Word Work Boom Cards and show you the immediate feedback it gives students!
Boom Cards and Audio
The second reason I love Boom Cards is because it is so easy for the creator (that’s me!) to incorporate audio.
Clip art is cute and all, but what happens with a student doesn’t know what the picture is?
That’s why I love adding audio to my digital resources.
Students can click on a picture (see the video above) and hear the word.
This is especially helpful for students who are working without a parent at their side, or students whose parents do not speak English.
Now, other online learning platforms, like Google Classroom™️, allow you to incorporate audio.
However, if I share Google Slides™️ with audio with another teacher, and they want to use it on another platform (like Seesaw), the audio disappears. 👎🏼
Don’t worry. With Boom, if a deck is intended to have audio, the audio remains, no matter how you choose to assign your Boom Cards. 🎉
Boom Cards and Student Data/Progress Reports
Remember how I said that students get immediate feedback when they play?
Well, with premium Boom accounts, teachers can get student data and progress reports.
That means you don’t have to sit and “grade” 25 Google Slides™️.
You can open up the “Reports” tab in Boom and see exactly how your students scored on their decks. 😲
Tracking student data and generating progress reports does require a premium Boom Learning account. (This is $15/year as of 8-31-2020. Click HERE and scroll down to “membership plans” to learn more.)
But remember, students will always get immediate feedback when they play, even if you are using a free teacher account. 😍
Is it free to use Boom Cards?
Boom cards require an Internet connection and a modern Internet browser in order to assign or play. (They have apps available, too!)
Teachers are required to have a free Boom Learning account in order to assign Boom Cards to their students.
However, students do not need Boom Learning accounts in order to play.
Just like other types of educational resources, there are free Boom decks and paid Boom decks.
So yes, it is free to use and assign Boom cards. ☺️
Boom Cards and Other Distance Learning Platforms
Ok friends, this is HUGE!
Did you know that you can assign Boom Cards on many other distance learning platforms?
Plus, you can stay organized by having all of your distance learning activities in one place.
Oh, and did I mention, it is EASY to assign Boom Cards on other digital learning platforms?
I’ve created some tutorials for you below, because sharing Boom Cards on other platforms is that easy!
Boom Cards and Seesaw
Are you using Seesaw to share assignments with your students? Here is a tutorial video on how to assign Boom Cards with Seesaw.
Boom Cards and Google Classroom
Are you using Google Classroom for distance or hybrid learning?
Here is a tutorial video on how to assign Boom Cards with Google Classroom:
Using Boom Cards on Other Online Learning Platforms
Does your school require you use a specific platform? No problem!
You can still assign and share Boom Cards there.
All that you need is the ability to share a link (URL) with your students!
Watch either video above (Seesaw or Google Classroom) to learn how to grab and share the link your students need in order to play.
Where to Buy Boom Cards
Just like with other educational resources, there are a multitude of both free and paid Boom Cards out there on the world wide web.
You can buy Boom Cards on the Boom Learning website, on Teachers Pay Teachers, or on my website shop (coming soon).
How to Redeem Boom Cards from Teachers Pay Teachers (Free or Paid)
When you first buy Boom Cards, you’ll need to add them to your Boom Library.
If you purchase Boom Cards from Teachers Pay Teachers or my online store, you’ll download the PDF and click to redeem your deck(s) one time.
One time is all that it takes, and then the decks will be forever be stored in your Boom library.
No need to save, print, or download anything else!
Here’s a quick tutorial video on how to redeem your Boom Card Purchases:
To learn more about how to use Boom Cards, check out this blog post.
Digital CVC Word Work Boom Cards
I just released a set of Boom Cards for practicing building and reading CVC words!
This CVC Word Work Bundle includes 6 decks, with 10 slides each.
- There is one deck for each short vowel, plus a mixed vowel review deck.
- In each deck, students will build 8 CVC words and review them at the end.
- And yes, it includes audio. Just click on the picture to hear the word.
- And yes, your students will get immediate feedback!
Check it out for yourself by clicking on the bottom below.Click HERE for a PLAYABLE preview of Short a CVC Word Work!
Like what you see? You can find this Boom Card bundle of CVC Word Work in my TpT store!
Boom Card Requests
Do you have other Boom Card Requests?
Leave them in the comments below, I would love to work on them! 😁