It goes without saying, we’re all in this new boat together. It takes a trip out to sea and then back to shore. Back out again, then closer to the shore. You know what I mean. Our next school year is up in the air. (Did you read day 3 of #31daysofkindergarten?) One thing I do know is that the use of digital activities is going to be necessary, whether you are fully distance learning or a hybrid model. I learned really quickly during our 1st distance learning period that there are tons of digital online platforms available. But of the ones I tried, none of them checked off all of my teacher boxes. That was until I found Boom Cards. After reading about it and watching a few videos, I was convinced to try it out with my class. And I LOVED it. And my students LOVED it!! My love for Boom Cards is growing and I can’t wait to share all that I have learned and how your students are going to love and learn from them!

Everything You Need To Know About BOOM CARDS for early education.

What Are Boom Cards?

Simply put, Boom Cards are self-checking, digital learning games for kids. These can be used in the classroom or with distance learning. They can be assigned as practice work, homework, remediation or extension.

Boom Cards are learning exercises put into game form for students, but track the data that teachers need. (One of my favorite parts!!)

Some keywords that you may need to know:
Deck: This is the specific game. When you purchase and share a Boom Card set, it is called a deck.

Card: Each Boom Card deck is made up of cards. Each card is basically a different ‘problem’ to solve, or needs a response.

Self Checking: Boom Learning will notify students when they get an answer wrong. You will also be given the data that you need for each child’s progress. (You can view your entire class as a whole and/or each student individually. You can see what decks have been played, how many questions they answered, how many they got right or wrong, and if they completed and mastered the deck. This helped me to quickly see who was working and who was not. It also helped me to see what skills students were struggling with.)

My favorite benefits of using Boom Cards with my students:

Setting Up Boom Cards:

This is super simple!
Start by going to the Boom Learning website.
Create a ‘TEACHER’ account.
Next, you will set up your classroom. Assigning each student a username and password. This log in information can be shared with students so they can start as soon as you are ready for them!

Using Boom Cards

As I mentioned above there are multiple platforms that work well with Boom Learning. Once you have the link from the Boom Learning Deck, you can share it almost anywhere. We have listed some of them below.

Using Boom Cards with other Learning Management Systems

There are two ways that you can use Boom Cards in other Learning Management Systems such as Google Classroom and SeeSaw.

1. Fast Pin Link: This route does not generate student reports or other benefits of the having a membership, but students would not need a log-in. The links would expire after 5-14 days.

2. Hyperplay Link: With a student log in, this version will provide a link and includes all the benefits I addressed above.

When using the Hyperplay version, you will assign the classroom, or a student, a specific deck. Once it is assigned, a link will be provided. Copy this link into your LMN (Google Classroom, SeeSaw, etc), where you would normally assign work. It is THAT easy!

As you can see, Boom Cards are a game changer. Both in the classroom and distance learning. Not only do they make our lives as teachers easier and less stressful, but kids LOVE to ‘play’ them!

If you have any more questions about Boom Cards, leave it in the comments and I will try and answer them!

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That is a wrap for day 5 of #31daysofkindergarten here on my blog! In case you missed the previous posts in this series…

  1. Kindergarten Daily Academic Schedule
  2. Best Assessments for Kindergarten
  3. Preparing for the 2020 School Year
  4. Super Ideas for Teaching Rules & Procedures in a Kindergarten Classroom

Abigail is a Kindergarten Teacher, Curriculum Writer, National Speaker and author of the website, Kindergarten Chaos, LLC. She lives in Las Vegas, NV with her husband and 3 kids. She provides professional development to schools and districts all over the country. If your school or district is in need of professional development for everything Kindergarten, please email her at kindergartenchaos2@gmail.com

8 Responses

  1. I am just discovering my love for these but our district has mandated us to use Canvas this year. I know I can hyperlink into Canvas but I’m wondering if Boom Learning will integrate with Canvas so that students can get the full experience without leaving their LMS.

    1. Hello and thank you for your message! You will only be able to hyperlink Boom Cards, since they only ‘play’ on the Boom Learning system.

    2. what about canvas please?
      I’d like to post it in cavas in a way that allows me to see the report, but I am also happy with boom the way it is

  2. Can students do the boom cards over and over again? Or is there just a set limit on how many times they can do it?

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