Remote or distance learning makes meeting specific IEP goals challenging. Our students often require hands on activities and practice and need immediate feedback and error correction. Boom Learning to the rescue! Read on to see how you can create activities tailored to your students.
I highly recommend using Boom Learning as one method for practicing IEP goals with students. There are many pros to the site:
- You can create your own activities
- The site allows you to see data points for student’s progress
- Students get immediate feedback and error correction
- Activities are easily adapted to fit the needs of the student.
pick the iep goal & activity design
Once you pick the IEP goal to create an activity for, decide on how to structure the activity. Use these guiding questions to help you design the activity.
- How many choices can my student handle? Does it need to be errorless, in a field of 2, 3, etc.?
- Will the student need audio in order to be successful?
- Is the student able to drag and drop on devices or should it be click the right answer.
- Does the student need real photos or clip art?
- Will the student easily memorize the answers? Should the questions be made random?
Creating the activity on Boom Learning
Follow the steps in this video to create a new deck on Boom Learning. If you run into problems, the site has great instructions.
add audio to the activities
First, open the voice recorder on your computer. I used the one that came loaded on my laptop.
Record and trim
When you are ready to record, click the microphone. You want the recording to start as soon as the slide is presented to the student, so trim the recording as much as possible. The bottom photo on the left is what it looks like when you trim the recording. To trim, you slide the black circles. Once the recording is trimmed as much as possible, save the recording.
prepare audio recording for boom learning
In order to use the audio recording on Boom Learning, you need to convert the recording to a MP3 file. I use a free audio converter. All you need to do is upload the recording and push the convert button. It’s very quick and easy to use. You are now ready to upload and add the audio recording to your Boom deck.
publish the activity to start working on the iep goal
Once you have created the deck, click private publish. It will automatically be saved to your library. Then you will be able to assign the activity to students with the same IEP goals.
great iep goals to target with boom decks
- Sight word goals
- Math facts- addition, subtraction, multiplication, etc.
- Following verbal directions- one step and multiple step directions
- Sorting by categories, concepts, etc.
- Matching letters, pictures, etc.
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