What are Digital Task Cards?


Task cards, the classroom favorite for many teachers during the last 5-7 years, have gone digital. I have actually been creating and using Digital Task Cards for several years but with the school closures in March, teachers everywhere have been trying them. But  what if you aren't familiar with them and you're asking what are digital task cards?

Should I be using them? Are they user-friendly and will they help me? I have the answers to your questions here!

WHAT ARE DIGITAL TASK CARDS?

DIGITAL LEARNING INTERFACE

Think traditional task cards, but take them off the paper and put them into Google so that they don't have to be printed.

Here's what printable and digital task cards look like compared to each other:

NO PREP OR LESS PREP

With digital task cards, there is no printing, no cutting and laminating, no worry about storage: you just add the file to Google Classroom or Canvas, etc and that's it. Save paper and time!

NO WORRYING ABOUT GERMY PAPERS

That's right - if it is digital, you don't have to be concerned about touching papers that might have germs on them. You don't have to "air out" papers for 72 hours (or six days like my school)! Students use the digital task cards from home or on their 1:1 device and you don't have to touch anything they touched!

NO LOST CARDS

You know when students use paper task cards and come interrupt you to tell you, "We can't find card 6" or they have blank spaces on their answer sheet, so you have to follow up. When you do, kids tell you "We couldn't find those cards". With digital task cards they are all in one file!

USE IN MULTIPLE PLACES

Digital task cards can be used at school on 1:1 devices, during math centers, for hybrid learning, remote learning / distance learning and more! I have even had a student tell me they went on their device in the car and did some! They can be used on iPads, desktops, chrome books... and in Google and even other platforms like Canvas and Edmodo!


FUN AND ENGAGING

Student love digital task cards and often ask me for more! They will work hard and put out good effort because they are interested and engaged!

DEVELOPING TECHNOLOGY SKILLS

My digital task cards are for elementary school students. By using them, they are also working on developing technology skills such as clicking, dragging, keyboarding, manipulating track pads, clicking links, and more (don't forget the magic undo button)!


WHAT ARE BOOM CARDS?

If you have heard of Boom cards, they are also digital task cards and you can read all about them on this blog post here!

A FEW FAVORITES

Here are a few favorites of my digital task cards! You can find tons more on Teachers Pay Teachers at my shop and many others!


So know do you know the answer to what are digital task cards? With all of the options, there really is no reason not to try them! What is your favorite thing about using them?

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