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 3 books on how to integrate tech into the elementary music classroom. She has presented many sessions on the topic, including 3 keynote addresses in TX, IN, and AU. She is the recipient of the TI:ME Teacher of the Year, NJ Master Music Teacher, Governor’s Leader in Arts Education, and the NJ Nonpublic School Teacher of the Year Awards.

 

Webinars

In 2013, I joined the NJMEA Board as the Elementary Music Chair. One of the items that I am passionate about (besides teaching early childhood and elementary) is providing professional development (PD) to elementary music educators. As much as we would like to attend most conferences and workshops, time, funding, and scheduling prevent this. Therefore, many presenters and I created webinars that elementary music educators could earn PD in their PJs. You simply click on the webinar, listen to the video, write a summary, answer a question, and send the summary, answer, and NJMEA membership # to me and I will send you the PD certificate.

For webinars that I teach, I have added them here. If I have permission to add other webinars from other elementary music educators, then I will add them here as well. 

If you are not an NJMEA member, please feel free to watch the webinar. The ones hosted here were intended to assist elementary music educators with technology integration and more.

If you have a suggestion for a future webinar, please contact me.

 
 
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Seesaw in the elementary Music Classroom

08/2017

In this thorough webinar, you will learn how to utilize the free Seesaw student learning journal in your elementary music classroom. I demonstrate all of the ins and outs of the free and paid versions. 

If you are not viewing this for PD, I would suggest to view it in spurts as it is a lot of info for 90 minutes. 

If you are viewing this for PD, please write a summary and answer the question posed at the end of the webinar.

My apologies for some blurry moments and for some cropped videos. I did not want to show students' faces or names.

Four Seesaw Activities in the Elementary Music Classroom

10/20/17

This webinar features the new Seesaw Activities feature. It shows four activities that you can create using this new feature.

If you are viewing this for PD, please write a summary and answer the question posed at the end of the webinar.

To read a more thorough description, please click here.

 
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Assessment in the elementary Music Classroom

08/2017

There are many times when you are asked to show progression in your elementary music classrooms. In this webinar, Amy shows you a variety of ways to assess PreK-grade 6 (or higher) using technological tools. This webinar addresses access to limited technology (one device in the classroom), to 1:1 technology (one device per student). 

If you are viewing this for PD, please write a summary and answer the question posed at the end of the webinar.

My apologies for some blurry moments and for some cropped videos. I did not want to show students' faces or names.

Using Technology as an Ice Breaker in Your Elementary Music Classroom

8/2017

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In this webinar, I utilize two technological tools to create ice breakers for my younger and older elementary music students. I will also be using music chants, performing on instruments, creating music, and playing a music game as well to create successful ice breakers for the first few days of music classes. However, I choose to use technology because technology is a way to relate to young students. Our students are ones who are growing up in a world where they have access to a lot of technology. They have no idea what it meant to "dial up" to access the internet. They experience technology being used daily in numerous ways.

Book Creator

Book Creator started out as an iOS app, but has recently added a web-based app as well. Students can use this to create ebooks about composers, music compositions, recorder tips, and so much more. In this webinar, I use Book Creator to create an All About Me Book much like the ones that the PreK and kindergarten create for their first day of school. I will show the PreK and kindergartners my ebook so that they can learn more about me as their music teacher.

Google Forms

Google Forms allows me to create a questionnaire that will help me learn more about my students' musical interests. In this webinar, I show how to create and share a google form called "What is Your Favorite...". Though 1:1 devices will work well with this, it is not required. If you have multiple devices, you can work with a portion of the class while the other portion answers the form. You could also place this at a station with a few devices. Or, you could project this onto a screen and have the students answer the questions with paper and pencil. 

This form is for my older elementary music students. When using this with email addresses, you will know who answered the questions by their addresses. When you cannot use email addresses, add a question where the students type in their names. Google forms will collect the data and I will be able to understand my students' musical preferences. This, in turn, will assist me in teaching musical concepts in a way that relates more to their interests.

If you are viewing this for PD, please write a summary and answer the question posed at the end of the webinar.

My apologies for some blurry moments and for some cropped videos. I did not want to show students' faces or names.

 

flipping the elementary music classroom with explain everything (classic version is used in this webinar)

9/2017

I first tried flipping my elementary music classroom from watching my good friend, Cherie Herring (http://www.cphmusic.net/), do this with her elementary music classroom. I was inspired watching her flip her recorder curriculum which resulted in her students practicing more at home and sending her numerous recorder videos so that they progressed further during music class. 

In this webinar, I show how to create flipped videos using the Explain Everything App. This app has a classic version for iOS that is $9.99. You can use it as simply as an interactive whiteboard to more complex uses like creating tutorial videos to place on your students' Seesaw pages, Google Classrooms, or other alternatives. The classic app works well for a one-time price being used by a teacher as a teaching tool. However, there is also the subscription-based app that can do so much more for the teacher and the students, which its biggest feature is collaboration, which works for iOS, Chrome, Windows, and Android. The subscription-based versions have a 30-day free trial which gives you the opportunity to check out all of its features. As with anything, if you use this with the purpose to create products for sale on teacher sites, please make sure that you have permission to use any audio files or images.

If you are earning PD for this webinar, please follow the directions at the end of the webinar.

 

 

 
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