As teachers and parents all over the world adapt to distance learning (many schools in the US are closed for the school year and things continue to evolve here and elsewhere), we can all use some new distance learning tools and one of my favorites is Boom Cards.
Boom Cards — my new favorite distance learning tools
Boom Cards are digital task cards that your students can complete online. They do require an Internet connection, but if students can get online with an Android device, iPad, iPhone, or Kindle Fire, Boom Cards are great!
Boom Cards are great because kids can do them on their own (with an account set up by a parent) or you can use them in online sessions as an interactive tool (more on that later). Boom Cards for all kinds of subjects are available.
In this free pack, you get 12 different cards, each with 3 words to match. And what I love about them is
- Each card is self-checking and provides immediate feedback
- The cards are randomized, which means each time your students play, they will see the cards in a different order!
Want more distance learning phonics practice for your students?
- 6 different CVC words packs each covering different sounds (or buy the bundle and save)
- Long A sounds
- Long E sounds
- Long I sounds
- Long O sounds
Distance learning support using boom cards
You can set up classes in Boom and put students in those classes. Then you can assign Boom Cards to your whole class or to different students from your library for practice at home. Setting things up is pretty simple, but if you have questions about setting things up, this video can help.
Many teachers are using Zoom for live teaching or class meetups. If you’re already doing this, you can combine Zoom and Boom Cards! Start by sharing your desktop and opening Boom Cards and the cards you want to work with. Then using the menu at the top, you can give control of your screen to the student (this works better on laptops than on iPads). A big benefit of Boom Cards is that they are very interactive, which is sometimes harder to manage with distance learning.
The best way to get my boom cards
As I mentioned, you can find my phonics Boom Cards in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store or on Boom. I’ll be sharing some math Boom Cards soon too. These are reasonably priced per set, but there’s an even better way to get them.
As a member of the Top Notch Teaching Members Club, you get instant access to done for you resources including:
- Lesson plans
- Experiments and report units
- Printable task cards and digital Boom Cards
- Assessment or organization tools
These resources are heavy on phonics/literacy and math, but I’ve also got you covered for science, physical education, classroom management — even teacher self-care.
As a member, for a low monthly membership fee, you get access to many of the popular materials for classroom or distance learning that you’ll find in my shop—like the phonics Boom Cards listed above. You also get access to new resources exclusively for members.
Sign up for the Top Notch Teaching Members Club here and start accessing Boom Cards or anything else right away.
Teaching and distance learning just got easier.