One teacher product that has become a hot commodity during COVID is Boom Cards. I heard “Boom Cards” mentioned time and time again in webinars and Zoom meetings and initially didn’t bother to look at them. Then in June, at the end of the school year, I did. Wow! How did I not see these before? No wonder they are popular!
Boom Cards are digital task cards. You can create or purchase them as a “deck” (like a deck of cards). Teachers assign the decks to their students to complete. Use them as practice or review! Boom Cards are trademarked by the Boom Learning Company. The task cards sell mainly through Boom Learning, but you can also find them on Teachers Pay Teachers and a couple other teacher marketplaces. Their prices range from free to 20,000 points (an equivalent of $200 – approximate).
I began creating Boom Cards a couple months ago. I received a temporary membership to Boom Learning when I purchased a deck. Having watched several Youtube videos, I was hooked. I find them quite easy to create. The cost is the clipart and movable pieces. Most clipart and font artists approve of their work on Boom Learning but there are a few who don’t. Boom Learning has an authorized artists list.
How I Plan to Use These in the Classroom
As my school district is going back 5 days a week, my first goal is to use them with math rotations. I usually have one station that is 1:1 iPad use. Our district recently removed apps as they were deemed “not acceptable”. However, now I can put the Boom Cards on and put a link to the website.
Why I Like Boom Cards
These cards are self checking. I don’t have to print worksheets. As a Premium member, I receive reports on student progress. There are so many subjects if you are looking to purchase decks. Currently I am focusing on Primary Math. I have several decks on counting and addition. Sometime in the fall, there will be decks on subtraction.
Do you use Boom Cards? If you would like to know more, drop me a line. I would be happy to create a Youtube tutorial, though there are lots of good ones available. If you are interested in purchasing or previewing a set of mine, there is a link on the home page, or you can find my store by clicking here. If you are interested in reading more about task cards, be sure to check out my post here.
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