There are three ways for your students to play a deck of Boom Cards.
- Using Fast Pins allows you to distribute a simple link, and does not require your students to log in. However, FastPins do not allow student reports or customized play settings such as hiding cards, so they are generally only useful for practice or instructional cards.
- Using HyperPlay allows you to distribute a simple link, but does require your students to log in. You can use custom play settings and you will be able to see deck reports while using HyperPlay, but your students will not be able to see their own reports unless you assign the deck to them. Students will not see reports for HyperPlay link assigned decks unless the deck is also Assigned.
- Assigning the deck to a student or classroom of students will allow your students will see all decks assigned to them when they log in, and play them at their leisure with custom play settings. Both the student and the teacher can see their reports.
If you are using a learning management system to assign decks such as Google Classroom, Schoology, Moodle, Blackboard, PowerSchool, Canvas, or Seesaw, you will want to use Fast Pins or HyperPlay, but those who want to use Boom Cards directly will generally want to assign their decks instead.
To create a Fast Pin link, go to the Library tab, find the Boom Cards deck you want to assign, click the blue Action button, and select Fast Pin.
Click Generate New Pin and you will be presented with a URL. Anyone following this URL will be able to play the deck, however keep in mind that their performance will not be tracked, and custom play settings will not be enabled. Additionally, the link will expire after 14 days, so you will need to make a new Fast Pin link after it does if you want to continue using Fast Pin.
To create a Hyperplay link, go to the Library tab, find the Boom Cards deck you want to assign, click the blue Action button, and select Hyperplay Link.
You will be presented with a URL. Anyone following this URL will be prompted to sign in to Boom Learning, and then will play the deck after they sign in. Custom play settings and performance tracking will be enabled in Hyperplay, but keep in mind that students cannot see their own reports unless the deck is assigned to them. Hyperplay Links do not expire.
You can see examples of how to create both links in this video. Although the video is about Google Classroom, the principles apply to any method of external assignment.
ASSIGNING AND UN-ASSIGNING DECKS TO CLASSROOMS
You can assign Boom Cards from either the Library tab or the Classes tab. Before assigning decks, however, you will need to create or import a classroom with students. If you need help setting up a classroom, see this article: Making a Sign In With Boom classroom and adding students
Using Library to Assign and Un-assign Decks
First, find the deck you want to assign, then click the Action dropdown menu, then click Assign.
You will be presented with a checklist of all your classrooms. Check a classroom to assign the deck to that classroom, and uncheck a classroom to un-assign it.
Using Classes to Assign and Un-assign Decks
After you have a classroom set up, select it from the left side of the Classes page. Then select the "Assignments" sub tab and click the "assign more decks" button to see a full, searchable list of all your decks.
You can assign/un-assign by clicking the checkbox next to each deck displayed.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Students can only see 40 assignments at a time. This is to prevent them from being overloaded by choices. You will need to un-assign old decks if you exceed this limit. Reports and grades for un-assigned decks can no longer be viewed by the student, but are still saved and viewable by the teacher.
ASSIGNING AND UN-ASSIGNING TO INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS
If a student has special needs such as disability treatment, or is simply ahead of or behind the rest of the class, you can choose to assign or un-assign decks to that student individually. This video covers assigning decks for students with unique needs.
Simply go to the Classes tab and find the student, click on the dropdown menu, and click "Assign" to see a searchable checklist of all your decks.
Check a deck to assign it to the student, and uncheck a deck to un-assign it.