Digital Classroom: Boom Learning

What kind of technology do you use in your classroom? Do you know about task cards? What about digital task cards? All kinds of fun digital task cards are provided on a new and up-and-coming platform called boomlearning.com. You can do whole class activities on an interactive whiteboard, or have your students play on a computer or a tablet.  I can assure you now that once you use it once, there’s no turning back. You will love it.

Let me share with you what I love the most about using Boom Cards.
1.       It’s interactive and fun.
2.       It’s no-prep.
3.       It’s paperless.
4.       It’s self-checking. (Yes! Kids will get immediate feedback.)
5.       No more grading! (You will be able to monitor your students’ progress super easily.)
6.       It’s easy to access.
7.       You can utilize it using many different devices

Here’s a little video I made to explain what Boom Cards are:

Where and how do I sign up?
First and foremost, you need to create a free account at boomlearning.com. After that, you can decide what kind of membership you’d like to get depending on your need. You will be given four choices:
Starter- (FREE) You can choose this if you’re planning to make a few decks and play what others have created without tracking student performance. It’s perfect if you are just using it for your family or a few tutees, or if you are only using it as a whole class activity on a smartboard.
Basic- You can monitor up to 80 students and create a few decks of your own.
Power- You can monitor up to 150 students and create unlimited decks.
Ultimate- You can monitor up to 200 students and can create unlimited decks AND sell in the marketplace.
You can check out the details here.

How do I buy them?
You can buy Boom decks with points on BoomLearning.com. You can acquire points when you buy a membership, and you can buy an additional Points Package if you want to purchase more decks. One cent equals one point, which means a dollar is  equivalent to 100 points.
You can also buy Boom decks on TeachersPayTeachers.com. In your download, you will find a link that will direct you to the Boom cards you purchased. New Boom Learning users coming from a sale made at Teachers Pay Teachers will get, for three months at no charge, the premium feature of student progress reporting. This free promotion is for 150 students. At the end of the three-month window, you will need to renew the account to continue having access to student progress reporting. Customers receiving the promotion will be able to upgrade to a higher service level account and to buy points to purchase additional decks like any other customer.

Can I test it out first?
So you want to give it a try, but you’re not sure you want to buy one yet? I felt the same way, because it was a totally new thing. If you are like me, you should try my freebie first. On the website, you will also be able to find many great free decks by other authors too!

How can I set up a class and manage it?
If you already have a membership and you want to learn how to set-up your virtual classroom, watch the video below. I tried to be as informative as possible. In the video, I will also show you how you can get student reports and how to differentiate learning. It’s extremely easy. IT’S AMAZING :)

How can I use these in my classroom?
There are several ways you can use digital task cards. I’ll list everything that I can think of below, and if you’d like to share more ideas, please feel free to comment! 😊

  1. Centers: You can play them in centers for individual or pair work.
  2. Early Finishers: You can have your early finishers work on assigned decks.
  3. Whole Class Lesson: You can use an interactive whiteboard to play the decks as a whole group.
  4. Small Group Instruction: If you group your students into levels, you can use these cards during your small group meetings.
  5. Assessments: When you assign students, you can easily get reports on the decks that your students complete.
  6. Differentiate Learning: You have the option to assign the same deck to everyone or individualize learning by assigning different decks to different students.
  7. Homework: You can have you students sign in on a computer at home to complete assigned decks if the technology is available at home. Vacation homework is also a good idea.

Tip: If you have computer/tablet stations, you can log into your classroom, so that all your students have to do is click their name and type their password in to access their Boom cards.

So, what do you think? I hope you give it try! Here are some of the Boom Cards that are available in my store.

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