WEEK # 10 BLOG
This weeks blog is on a web site called Artsonia. I chose this because I`m an art teacher and I plan on using this site this up coming year. My school has asked the staff to have a larger digital footprint next year. Artsonia is the perfect solution for their request.
Artsonia is listed as “the worlds largest kid`s art museum” and its most used function is a digital Art gallery. These art galleries are uploaded and maintained by teachers. Each school can have multiple galleries divided by class,grade, or teacher.The reason that I want to use this website is that to much of the student work I give back never finds it`s way back to the home or to parents. With artsonia parents can send links to grandparents or other relatives to allow them to view student work. They even have a feature where anyone with the link can buy a print of the art work. The proceeds are then split, 50% going to artsonia 50% going back the school to help supplement their art budget.This last feature is great who wouldn`t want more funds in their budget.
Here is the teacher login in page listing some of these features.
After logging in to the teacher page there is a feature that I plan on using this up coming year.
Specifically the sections on the left side,lesson plans,newsletters and helpful Resources.Checking out lesson plans is a great way to improve your teaching. You can find stuff that you’re not doing or find ideas to modify your existing lesson plans.
I signed up for the lesson plans of the week and so far there has been many wonderful lessons.
Artsonia has a parents tab….
As I previously stated on the parents page,parents can start a fan club and send links to relatives and friends. They can also buy gear with their child`s art printed right on whatever it is. I think this is a cool feature that makes Artsonia standout. What grandma wouldn`t want a mug with little johnnies attempt at starry night on it. The giftshop section shows what available.
The last reason that I am going to use Artsonia is because my school wants a larger digital footprint. They want all teachers to have a visible presence on the internet. They are also requiring that all of our classes have a way of delivering content to students in case of an emergency. Artsonia will allow me to display hundreds of student made art work and allow me to have a digital record of all works. Check out Artsonia.