I LOVE using Boom Cards for instant feedback with students, but if you’re new to the platform, it can be a bit tricky. Today I thought I’d round up some frequently asked questions regarding Boom Cards to help you get started!
Do I have to pay to use Boom Cards?
No. You can set up your free teacher account and assign them to your students using a fast pin.
How do I create a fast pin?
1. Sign up or sign into your Boom Account
2. Add a deck to your library (if you don’t have any yet) or just..
3. Go to your library to find the deck you want to use.
4. Click Action
5. Choose Fast Play
6. Share the link with your students on whatever platform you use!
A fast pin link works for 2 weeks with the generated code. At the end of a fast pin play, there’s a little screen to tell them how they did. This is what some of my friends have their students submit to them. You can also just share the link as practice!
It says there are X number of cards in the deck, but my students are only seeing 20 when they play. Why?
Some decks have 50-80 cards! The default play is 20 and it draws from the “bank” of cards automatically. If you want to, you can increase or decrease the number of cards played.
This might be nice if you don’t want students to play through 20, or if you wanted to do a quick exit ticket of 5-10 questions.
You could also give students a larger assignment than the default of 20, but something to keep in mind is that they may grow fatigued if the assignment is too long! Click here for a detailed tutorial.
Is there a way to choose which cards students practice with in a large deck?
Yes! You can customize decks like this:
- Sign into your Boom Learning account
- Go to your Library
- Find the deck you want to customize
- Click Action
- Select Hide Cards from the menu that appears
- Navigate through the deck, clicking “Hide card” on any cards you would like to hide from student play.
- To undo, follow the same steps, but select “Unhide Card”
The fill in the blank cards are marking everything wrong and showing a long list of answers when they click “Give up”. What is going on ?
This is because it is a computer grading. The computer cannot “read” the student answer and know, “Oh, they were close, I’ll give them the point!”. There are multiple correct answers shown because I’ve added variations to try to account for students adding or forgetting the punctuation.
Any of the answers shown will be accepted, but they do not have to submit a long list of answers. Students do not have to type in all possible answers.
For example, they might type, “Tengo 10 años.” or “Yo tengo 10 años.” Both of those would be marked as correct, but the student does not have to type in “Tengo 10 años. Yo tengo 10 años.” in order to get that card scored correctly.
Please let me know if you have any further questions about the fill in the blank cards!
Can I print Boom Cards?
It’s very simple to print a set of Boom Cards. Go to your Library on Boom Learning, click Action and select Print. Then just choose your formatting, click print and follow the instructions on your device! Watch a full tutorial here.