Amy M. Burns

Elementary Music Technology and Integration

Amy M. Burns has taught PreK-grade 4 general music for over 20 years at Far Hills Country Day School. She has authored three books on how to integrate tech into the elementary music classroom. She has presented many sessions on the topic, including four keynote addresses in TX, IN, St. Maarten, and AU. She is the recipient of the 2005 TI:ME Teacher of the Year, 2016 NJ Master Music Teacher, 2016 Governor’s Leader in Arts Education, and the 2017 NJ Nonpublic School Teacher of the Year Awards.

Assessment: Using Explain Everything to Assess Rhythm Patterns

When I teach the song H E A R T to the tune of Bingo, I use the app Explain Everything to assess the rhythm used in the song. The song is as follows:

To show you like your special friend, just give them each a heart.

H E A R T

H E A R T

H E A R T

Each heart says “I Love You!”

Have the students sing and clap the rhythms in the song. Place five hearts on the Explain Everything screen and have the students use the draw tool to write the rhythms. Press the record button in Explain Everything to see their process and record the song.

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