Do you know the point of the year where your fun and interactive lessons are starting to become a hassle? The kids aren’t as motivated, you’re tired of looking at the same things, and let’s face it, you need a change. I know you know what I’m talking about. For me, this was my spelling station. There were only so many rainbow writing activities my first graders could do before I started seeing less words, and more drawings of Ironman. Thank goodness I discovered Boom Cards! In this fourth post in a series of the Best Classroom Apps you can use, you’ll learn about this program, what the components are, and how you wish you learned about them sooner!
What Are Boom Cards?
Boom cards are a set of digital flashcards (decks) that teachers can assign to students. They are interactive and self-checking! A report is generated showing how many students completed their activity, how many times they redid a deck, and the score they earned. Boom Cards have been around for some time, but their popularity skyrocketed during the Covid-19 pandemic where teachers needed to turn everything they would teach into a digital format.
Boom Cards Are Interactive
This goes beyond just a simple flashcard. Boom cards can incorporate:
- Yes/No questions
- Multiple Choice
- Fill in the Blank
- Drag and Drop
- And more!
You can add your own audio to each card, which would be really helpful for spelling for example. I’ve put an audio file of the word on a card, and the student chooses the correct spelling of the word. It’s that easy.
Do you ever have students ask you what to do after you’ve explained the directions over and over again? Never right? YOU CAN PUT AUDIO DIRECTIONS ON EACH CARD! Mindblown! This makes repeating your instructions obsolete when you teach them that the directions are at the click of a button!
Great For Small Groups And Literacy Stations
We moved into digital classrooms quicker than we anticipated, so Boom Cards are a versatile tool for your classroom. You can assign activities to do at your independent literacy stations, or small math groups. And think about the differentiation possibilities! Assigning different cards to different students is simple, and a report is generated for the score they earned. Imagine the time you’re going to get back by those two things alone!
Plus, you can assign a link right into your Google Classroom, Seesaw, or Classkick accounts, and they can jump right over to Boom Card Fast Play. Your students will need a password, but once they learn it, I’ve found that they can be playing on their decks in a matter of seconds.
Boom Cards Are Self-Grading
I’ve mentioned that Boom Cards generate a report for student usage. This alone was enough for me to say, “I’m sold!”. I won’t have to lug home a bag full of worksheets that my kiddos half-heartedly completed because they were bored or didn’t understand.
All I have to do is check the report and VOILA! A complete report is at my fingertips. I mostly take a glance at their work to spot-check it. Here’s my opportunity to give a formative assessment or an exit ticket. As I mentioned before, the reports tell me a lot about a student. I can see how many times they played through the deck, their score each time, and an average score if they played through more than one.
Boom Card Free Vs. Paid Accounts
The free version has enough if you’re just going to have your students play the cards, and you don’t care to generate the reports. However, if you’d like to upgrade, here is a chart showing you the different plans.
Making And Selling Your Boom Cards
If you would like to make a couple extra bucks each month, you can also sell your Boom Cards! I figure you’re already making them, why not make enough money to get yourself a pedicure while you’re at it!
My friend Sheila has the best tutorial that I’ve found which will talk you through making your very first deck. Watch this video to start. If you make a set, I’d love to see them! If you begin to sell them, let me know! I will promote them on social media! Speaking of Sheila, she has a useful blog with several posts as well as an amazing step-by-step course teaching you how to make and sell your own Boom Cards! I highly recommend taking a look!
Until then, I hope that this overview of Boom Cards was useful!
We’re navigating through some new and difficult waters. At this moment, we don’t know what our upcoming year will look like.
So whether you are a total tech newbie, or a savvy tech savant, this guide to creating a digital classroom is going to help you navigate through some of the new changes in education. With 9 essential tips to get you started, 5 tutorial videos, and 4 workbook pages, this is going to start you on your way to becoming confident with technology.