Using Boom Cards and Technology in Distance Learning for Special Ed

I'm so excited to be adding Boom Cards™ to my existing interactive PDF activities! This gives you more options for your students to practice skills and for you to assess them!

In these interactive digital activity downloads you will now receive all of the following:

  • Interactive PDF (self checking, can be downloaded and used offline)
  • Boom Cards (self checking, must be used online, can collect data)
  • Google Quiz (must be used online, editable, and collects data)
Let's take a closer look at each one and why and how you can use them with your students.

Interactive PDFs:

These are great because students can click through and get immediate feedback on their answers. Teachers can assign in online platforms or send via email, and once the parent downloads the activity it can be used offline!

Boom Cards:

Boom cards are also self checking cards like the interactive PDF but are hosted on the Boom Learning site. They also have sound added to the correct answer. 

Check out a preview of my color cards on boom HERE!

Where can I use Boom Cards?

To use Boom Cards, you must be connected to the Internet. 
Boom Cards play on modern browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge). 
And apps are available for Android, iPads, iPhones, and Kindle Fires. 

Boom Cards are compatible with Google Classroom™, SeeSaw, and other similar online platforms that permit you to assign by URL. You can even import your google classroom to make it easier!

Do I need an account to use Boom cards?

Yes, you can create a free account HERE.

With a FREE Boom learning account, you can assign any boom cards that you purchase from TpT through a fast play link. What is a fast play link? A fast play link is a link that is valid for 14 days and directs students to play a "deck" of task cards without signing in. After 14 days, you can create a new link and continue to use. Since student don't sign in, there is no data collected.

If you would like to collect data and assign decks to specific students, you can sign up for a premium account. There are  affordable ($15-$35/year) and you will have the option to add students, assign decks to specific students (easy differentiation), and even see data on how your students are doing.

Special Offer now: If you sign up for a Boom learning account now during COVID-19 school closures, you will have assess to the paid version for free through July!

How do I set up my Classroom?

This tutorial HERE from Boom Learning is super helpful on going through the steps of setting up a classroom, even includes instructions on connecting your Google Classroom!

How do I assign Boom Cards in Google Classroom, Schoology, SeeSaw, Canvas, Moodle, Powerschool, Class Dojo, Microsoft Teams, etc?

You will go to the deck in your library, then go to assign. Now you have two options:

1. Select Fast Pin and copy and paste the URL. Fast Pins do expire after 14 days and will not collect progress, but are a great way to practice without needing to sign in! (Works with free accounts)

2. For premium accounts, you can assign the deck to your classroom and select "Hyperplay Link". You can paste this link in your online classroom, students will click on it and be prompted to sign in and they can can play (and you will be able to monitor progress)

What kind of data do I get from the Boom Cards?

Here's a sample of the data you can see from students, you will first select the decks that you want to check progress on and you will see how many cards the students have completed (progress - default only shows students 20 at a time, so decks with more cards will take multiple times to go through). It shows you the amount of time a student spend on a card and the percent they get correct!

What other Boom Cards questions do you have? 

I will continue to update this post so let me know what you are looking for!

Quiz on Google Forms:

The quiz included is on Google Forms. You will be prompted to make a copy and then you can make any necessary edits for your class and send the link to your students! Your students will need to sign into a google account to take the quiz.

When they are done answering the 10 questions they can look and see how they did. Then you can see all of the data, collected for you in a spreadsheet!

Digital Activities on Breezy Special Ed TpT

Distance Learning Digital PDFs ⋅ BUNDLE ⋅ Interactive Activities for Special Ed
You can grab all 20+ activities in the bundle HERE, with each topic including ALL three of these types of digital activities. 
*Boom cards currently being added to the download and will be completed by Monday April 6!

Distance / Home Learning Packets and Strategies for Special Education

So it appears that COVID-19 is here for a while and many schools are canceling and they are asking for students to participate in eLearning or distance learning activities. 

This definitely presents a unique challenge for all teachers (and families), and especially special education teachers who are wondering how in the world am I going to do that? Here's a few ideas, including some FREE (and some paid) resources.

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