Why You Should Be Using Boom Cards In Your Virtual Classroom
Over the course of the past few months, the landscape of education has drastically changed.
We have quickly moved away from traditional classroom settings to Zoom meetings, Google Classroom, and other technology-based learning environments.
While we wait for a sense of normalcy to resume, we do what teachers do best, we adapt!
I’ve very recently discovered Boom Cards, and let me say, if you aren’t using these in your classroom (virtual OR traditional), you should be!
Boom Cards are digital, self-checking, interactive task cards that you can use in your classroom any time. I think they are perfect for centers or assessments.
Reasons I’m A Boom Card Convert
The Variety of Boom Cards
Boom Cards are really diverse in how you can use them, making them a great tool for your classroom. You can create questions that consist of:
- Multiple Choice
- Click The Answer
- Click And Drag The Answer
Having a variety of ways to answer in a Boom Deck makes them even more appealing to students and teachers.
Once you have decks (sets) of Boom Cards that work for your classroom, you can assign different cards to different students. If you have a student that is still struggling with a concept, assign them a deck that helps support their learning the concept. If you have a student who has mastered a concept the rest of the class is working on, assign them a deck with something different. This keeps everyone working on what they need to do. Since Boom Cards are self-checking, you don’t have to worry about walking around and checking each answer!
Boom Cards Grade Themselves
Speaking of self-checking, Boom Cards grade themselves! You know what that means? Less for you to grade! This is why Boom Cards are a great way to assess your students.
Incorporates Technology in the Classroom
With all that has happened in the past few months, I anticipate a much higher use of technology in the traditional classroom in the near future. With this in mind, Boom Cards are a simple way to incorporate more technology into your classroom.
Boom Cards Are Engaging
Complete with sound effects, Boom Cards are engaging for students. Your students will want to review concepts with these Cards that will keep them guessing what will happen next.
Get the Most Boom for Your Buck
Teachers can make their own decks or purchase them. They can even share them with other Boom users – perfect for teams.
Once you purchase a Boom deck, you have forever access to them. Like I mentioned before, you can assign different decks to different students, which means you can use these decks over and over again. Being digital, you also save money and time since you don’t have to print and cut them out.
Teacher Can Track Students or Free Play
Boom accounts are free, and this can be used for fast play, where students play decks without the teacher gathering any progress data.
With a free account, teachers can add a handful of students and assign decks. If teachers want to use Boom with an entire class and get data, the yearly subscriptions are very responsibly priced.
Ready to Try Boom Cards?
If you want to try Boom Cards for yourself and your students, you can click here for information on a free trial before you purchase (the extremely affordable) subscription.