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Making Elementary Cross-Curricular Connections Intuitively With Book Creator

Pennsylvania Convention Center

Participate and share : Poster


Music Educator
Far Hills Country Day School
ISTE Certified Educator
Amy M. Burns has taught PreK-grade 4 general music for over 20 years at Far Hills Country Day School. She has authored four books on how to integrate tech into the elementary music classroom. She has presented many sessions on the topic, including four keynote addresses in TX, IN, St. Maarten, and AU. She is the recipient of the TI:ME Teacher of the Year, the NJ Master Music Teacher, the Governor’s Leader in Arts Ed, and the NJ Nonpublic School Teacher of the Year Awards. Her most recent publication, Using Technology with Elementary Music Approaches (2020) is published by OUP.

Session description

Elementary special subject areas like music, STEAM and more have numerous cross-curricular connections. However, showcasing those connections to administrators and parents can be challenging. Book Creator gives educators ways to achieve cross-curricular connections and allows your students to usee multiple modalities to showcase their work.
Grade level: PK-5
Skill level: Beginner

Purpose & objective

Elementary teachers of various subjects can collaborate using Book Creator to help their students learn each subject area better. For example, the subjects of music, art, reading, and writing can be taught together using the program. Students can learn a rhyming song like Down By The Bay. They then use Book Creator to write two rhyming words. They illustrate it and then use the audio tools to record themselves singing. Finally, they publish the ebook and place the link on the student’s LMS to share with their caregivers and more.

The participants will come away with ideas and examples of elementary cross-curricular activities taught and learned using Book Creator.

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What is Book Creator?
- Brief explanation of the program and platforms
- Showcase the features
- Pricing of free+

How can it be used in an elementary specialist classroom?
- Examples will be shown from music, art, reading, writing, and STEAM
- A description of each example and an explanation of how the students created them

Collaboration with Teachers
- Showing the process of working with teachers across the curriculum to achieve learning of various subject areas

Collaboration and Publication using Book Creator
- Demonstrate how students and educators can collaborate using Book Creator
- Showcase how their work can be shared and published

Since it is a poster session, the timing will fluctuate depending on the participants.

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Supporting research

Cross-cuticular connections greatly assist students with their overall learning. You can see some of my students’ cross-curricular projects on my website,

Other sites that show what cross-curricular connections are and their importance:,learn%20skills%20in%20different%20contexts.

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Session specifications

Creativity & curation tools
Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Book Creator found at
Subject area:
Music, Performing/visual arts
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
  • Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.

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