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Next week, I will be heading to Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) to teach two separate courses titled, SMART Board in the Elementary Music Room Levels 1 and 2. I am excited to be returning to CCSU. CCSU is where I earned my Masters of Science in Music Education. I chose this program due to its excellent coursework and professors. I could also complete all of the coursework in six summers. Though at times I felt like it was extremely difficult to handle work and studies and that I had no break during the summer, I was so happy that I stuck with it, especially because CCSU has such a great program to offer. Their Summer Music Institute has amazing professors, offers the hot topics in music education and technology, offers a variety of courses for every educator from band, to orchestra, to general music, to vocal, to conducting, and offers courses in traditional philosophies. It was there that I began earning my Orff Certification and studied Bruce Pearson’s band methodology with Bruce Pearson.
The SMART Board courses will be covering numerous items from the basics to the intricate details of the notebook software, to the assessment software, to downloadable resources, to iPads. The main difference between the two classes is that the Level 1 class will have more hands-on time with the board because this class is intended for those who who do not have much experience with the SMART board. The educators in Level 2 will be working closely with the notebook software and becoming more aware of how to integrate this technology into their curriculum.
We will be working with a class wikispace for the week which already has wonderful resources. Though I only add those who take the class to the wikispace, please feel free to check it out here.
Amy M. Burns is an elementary music educator, clinician, author, and musician. She currently works at Far Hills Country Day School in Far Hills, NJ teaching PreK through Grade 3 general music, grade 5 instrumental music, and grades 4-8 instrumental band. She is the author of Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom, Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with a SMART Board, and Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with One or more iPads! She is also an author for Online Learning Exchange™ Interactive Music powered by Silver Burdett. She has given numerous presentations on integrating technology into the elementary music classroom as well as being a keynote speaker for music technology conferences in Texas, Indiana, St. Maarten, and Australia. She is the recipient of the 2005 TI:ME Teacher of the Year Award, the 2016 NJ Master Music Teacher Award, the 2016 NJ Governor’s Leader in Arts Education Award, and the 2017 Non-Public School Teacher of the Year Award. You can find out more about Amy at her website: amymburns.com