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In February, my free ebook titled Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with a SMART Board, became available on iTunes. This ebook is a resource guide for any elementary music educator who has access to a SMART Board and/or SMART Notebook software.
This ebook was a labor of love and was a long time coming. I had been presenting sessions, workshops, and graduate courses on the topic of SMART Boards in the elementary music classroom for years. I had created numerous handouts and lessons and written a variety of articles on the subject. Many of these handouts, lessons and articles could be found on my website, http://www.amymburns.com, but they were never compiled into one document. They were in pieces placed on various web pages. Therefore, I felt that it would be beneficial to organize it all into one free ebook that any elementary music educator could download to use whenever he/she wanted. I felt that it would also be beneficial to be able to download the lesson files that accompany the lesson plans found in the book. Therefore, I set up a page on my website that has the Notebook files for many of the lessons in the book.
This ebook has many purposes. For the novice SMART Board user, it assists the user in learning about the basics of the SMART Board and how to begin utilizing and integrating it into the current music curriculum. For the intermediate SMART Board user, this book assists with learning more about the ins and outs of the Notebook software. For the advance SMART Board user, this book either challenges you to enhance your current Notebook files or inspires you to create more lessons using the Notebook software. When I chose to write this ebook, I had all of these users in mind so that any music educator would be able to take at least one item or one lesson from this book, download the accompany file from http://www.amymburns.com and immediately use it in his/her classroom. It should be noted that it is best to download the free lessons onto a computer or laptop as opposed to the iPad so that you can utilize it with the full version of the Notebook software. However, if you have the Notebook App (a watered-down version of the Notebook software), you can use many of the free lessons effectively, though you might need to adjust some of the Notebook items in the lesson.
The book is broken down into the following sections:
- Interactive Whiteboards Review
- What Can I Do with the SMART Board? The Basics (includes lessons)
- SMART Board: The Glorified Projector (includes lessons)
- How Can an Elementary Music Educator use the Notebook Software? (includes lessons)
- What Can an Elementary Music Educator do with the SMART Response System?
- SMART Board and the iPad: What You Need to Know
- Where Can I Find Free Elementary Music Lessons for the SMART Board? (and some that cost money but are definitely worth noting)
- More SMART Board Lessons
A free ebook to download today! I hope that you enjoy it and find it helpful and resourceful!
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