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  • Writer's pictureStacy Crouse

How and Why to Assign Boom Cards to Students in Speech Therapy

As a teletherapist, Boom Cards™ task resources are hands down my most used therapy activity. These digital cards allow me to target any speech therapy goal with any age, simply by opening the deck in my library and screen sharing my internet browser window.

But Boom Cards are even more than that, because you can assign them to students to practice on their own time, outside of therapy sessions. Students can play Boom Cards on their personal or school computer, tablet, or smartphone.

There are several different ways to share a deck of Boom Cards that you have made or purchased. Let's check out each way, so you can determine which will work best for you and your students.

There are three ways to assign, or "send", a deck to students:

  1. FastPins and FastPlay links

  2. HyperPlay links

  3. Assigning from within the Boom Learning platform

1. FastPlay

This method allows students to play a deck without signing in. You, as the teacher or therapist, can provide the link (called a "FastPlay link") by sending an e-mail, or posting in Google Drive or another classroom management system.

A FastPlay link is good for 14 days, or 5 days if you have a free membership account. After that, the link will no longer work. Because students are not signing in, the platform does not know who is playing, so it does not track a student's progress. The deck is not added to the student's library.

This method also does not allow you to customize the play settings, such as hiding cards. However, it is a quick, easy way to give students something to practice outside of speech sessions!

To create a FastPlay link:

  1. Go to your "Library" tab (at the top of the browser window).

  2. Scroll to the desired deck and click the blue down arrow button that says "Action".

  3. Select "Fast Pin".

  4. A window pops up. Click "Generate Pin".

  5. Highlight and copy the link at the bottom of the pop up window. You could also highlight and copy the 4-character PIN (the FastPin) and direct students to enter it here:

How to Assign Boom Cards using the Fastplay Link

Click here to read more about FastPlay in the Boom Learning Help Center.

2. HyperPlay

Similar to FastPlay, HyperPlay allows you to send a link to a student to access a specific deck. However, HyperPlay differs in that it does require students to sign in, and it does track student performance. HyperPlay links do not expire.

In order to view student reports, you will need to have the student listed in one of your "Classrooms" in the platform. More on how to do that in the next section.

How to create a HyperPlay link:

  1. Go to your "Library" tab (at the top of the browser window).

  2. Scroll to the desired deck and click the blue down arrow button that says "Action".

  3. Select "Hyperplay Link".

  4. A window pops up with a customized link. Highlight and copy the bolded link, which can then be pasted into an email, Google Classroom, or any other learning management system.

How to Assign Boom Cards using the HyperPlay Link

3. Assigning Decks Within Boom Learning

Within the Boom Learning platform, you can set up "classrooms", which are essentially groups of students. Once you have set up your classroom(s), you'll be able to assign one or more decks to each one, without sending any links as you would with FastPlay and HyperPlay.

To create a classroom:

  1. Go to your "Classes" tab (at the top of the browser window).

  2. Click "New Classroom" on the left side of the screen and type in a name for the class.

  3. You can then add students individually (one-by-one), or by adding a list of names.

How to Create a Classroom in Boom Learning

Notes about creating classrooms:

  • To avoid students on your caseload being able to see each others' names, click the blue "Private" button under the name of the class. See this article for more information.

  • As SLPs, we don't typically divide our caseloads into "classrooms" in the way that teachers do. Since your classrooms will serve as an easy way to assign decks to groups of students, you may want to form your classes based on similar goals and ages. In other words, students in the same "class" would be students likely to benefit from the same Boom Card practice activities.

  • The number of students and classrooms that you can add/create varies based on which Boom Learning membership you have.

There are two ways to assign a deck to a classroom:

1. Assign from your LIBRARY:

  1. From your "Library" tab, scroll to the desired deck.

  2. Click the blue down arrow button that says "Action".

  3. Select "Assign".

  4. Check the box next to the classroom that you'd like to assign the deck to.

How to assign a Boom Card deck to an entire classroom

2. Assign from your CLASSES:

  1. Go to your "Classes" tab.

  2. Click on the classroom name on the left side of the screen.

  3. Click "Assignments".

  4. Click "Assign More Decks" and scroll to the deck you'd like to assign.

  5. Check the blue box next to the deck name and cover image.

How to assign a Boom Card deck to an entire classroom

To assign a deck to only one student (and not an entire classroom):

  1. Within the student's specific classroom, click the blue down arrow next to the student's name.

  2. Click "Assign".

  3. Scroll to the desired deck and check the blue box next to it.

How to assign a Boom Cards deck to one student in a classroom

Other Helpful Information:

Now that we know how to share decks with your students, here are some reasons why this capability is valuable to you as an SLP:

  • You can provide opportunities for students to work on their goals on the days they don't see you, which leads to more progress on goals.

  • You're able to help parents and caregivers understand what their child is working on in speech.

  • When you have a day off, you're giving substitute therapists an easy activity to do with your students.

  • If working with students in-person, but wanting each student to work on their own device (for social distancing reasons, for example), you can quickly assign the deck for the student to complete in the session.

  • You're able to collect more data to track student progress.

  • You can probe other goal areas without using valuable therapy time.

Just when you thought Boom Cards couldn't make your life any easier (or your sessions more engaging), now you've been opened up to a whole new world of possibilities! Using Boom Cards for homework stretches your decks further than ever before. Now you know a few different ways that you can quickly share decks with your students to access anytime!

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Boom Learning and Boom Cards are the trademarks of Boom Learning (a dba of Omega Labs Inc.) Used with permission.

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