For the past two years, I have counted down the new year with a top ten list. Each day leading up to the new year, I would write a post with ten technology tools that benefit an elementary general music classroom. These are also tools that I have successfully used in the classroom. In 2018, I wrote the posts titled, “Top Ten Reasons to Enhance Your Elementary Music Classroom with Technology”. In 2017, I wrote the posts titled, “Ten Tech Tools to Assist an Elementary Music Teacher – Webinar!” This year, the posts and webinar will feature 10 websites for the elementary general music classroom. I would not call these websites top 10, as there are so many websites we can use in the classroom. In addition, I wanted to feature websites that can be used solely by the teacher for organization, or websites that can be used in a one device classroom to a 1:1 classroom.
At the end of the countdown, there will be a webinar demonstrating all ten websites. In addition, I am updating my webinars for Seesaw and Flipgrid. These can be accessed by any elementary music educator for free! However, if you are a NAfME NJMEA music educator, you can receive PD credits by writing a summary of the webinar and answering the questions at the end of the webinar.
One Final Thought…
I will begin the countdown tomorrow and it will end on 1/1/20. When using websites in the classroom, there are some items that we should consider:
- Always check the website in your classroom before you present it to your students. It is important to check the website on your school’s network to see if it will run or if the filters will block it.
- Have an alternate plan. Remember that there are 26 letters in the alphabet. If Plan A fails, there are still 25 letters left. One never knows when the tech will fail. This is true for any lesson we plan. We never know if a lesson will go awry due to any reason from students to tech.
- If you change around rooms often, have the sites saved in Symbaloo or on your bookmarks through Google Chrome. Therefore, you can login and access your bookmarks from any device.
Let’s ring in the new decade together!
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