You may have already jumped on the digital resources bandwagon and tried Google Classroom? Maybe you’ve also heard of a digital resource called Boom Cards? Yes? Not sure?
Well, Boom Cards are digital task cards in an educational game format. Along with being no prep for teachers and self-checking, they are also FUN for students because they don’t realize they are learning. How is that for boosting student engagement?
It is a fact- when learning is turned into a game format, students learn more because of the fun factor. One of the reason is student engagement. Oddly enough, failure in the classroom is often seen as failure. Right? Still, many experts estimate that gamers spend up to 80% of their time failing…. yet they are only more eager to play the game again!
So it seems when a teaching environment is “gamified”, students are more motivated to practice and master skills. A win-win for the student and teacher. Students often don’t realize they are practicing skills that are frequently described as BORING and teachers experience student engagement that isn’t achieved with ”drill and kill” flashcards. Gamification doesn’t mean everything is all fun and games, instead it provides a layer of fun!
Wondering HOW to use Boom Card Decks?
Here are a few suggestions.
~ with a group on an interactive whiteboard.
~ beginning and end of the year assessment tools
~ allow fast finishers computer time
~ use them as part of your centers
~ assign specific decks to students, so they can master specific content.
~ as homework assignments for students. Students have a login of their own, so they can login to Boom Learning from any computer or device anywhere (as long as they have internet access).
But what if I use Google Classroom?
Great question! You can use Boom Cards with Google Classroom activities… here’s how: How to use Boom Cards in Google Classroom
“How do I get started?” is a frequently asked question. If you are a homeschooling mom, tutor or work with small groups of students(5 or less), all you need to sign-up for is a FREE Starter account. (If you would want to track student progress with data reports from Boom Learning, you will need the Basic account.)
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