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Integration and Websites
It was a great beginning to my course at CCSU teaching “Integrating Technology into the Elementary Music Classroom” as we explored the concept of integration and websites that could easily be utilized in the elementary general music classroom. We explored the “how” of integrating technology through Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s “Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition – SAMR” model (http://www.hippasus.com/). I always add “E” to SAMR to make it E-SAMR, where the “E” stands for experimentation because if an educator is given an Interactive Whiteboard and told to use it, but was not given any training or time to experiment with it, then the whiteboard becomes a glorified screen. Technology can be another tool or it can change the way you teach. However, in order to make the decision on what it will be for you in your classroom, you have to be able to go through the process of E-SAMR so that when you utilize it, your students experience and feel musical successes.
We then explored numerous websites and thought of ways to integrate them into the classroom. Some of these sites could be used by music educators as resources or by students as a part of an assessment or as a way of augmenting the teaching of certain musical concepts. It was a great day.
Tomorrow, we will be exploring digital audio apps and iPads.
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