It’s not every day you get a personal tour around the Artsonia website from the co-founder and CEO, Jim Meyers. Last week, Jim gave me the insider’s view of four outstanding features on www.artsonia.com that you might not know about: Newsletters, Animoto Connectivity, Teacher Feedback, and Progress Reports.
The Newsletter tool is a great way to communicate with families. You can create a generic format, but then select specific grade levels or classes to receive information pertinent only to those students and families. It’s a quick way to tailor information and avoid communication overload. You can generate a link and paste it right to your classroom website. Can you say, environmentally friendly?
Artsonia has partnered with Animoto to provide art teachers with slick, professional slide shows that come together in a snap! Just like the newsletter, you can create slideshows that include only the work of certain students, classes, or grades depending on your needs. With so many personalization options, and the addition of cool tunes, using Animoto for your art shows is a no-brainer!
Artsonia is a fabulous way to share your students’ art with family and friends, but the geniuses there have listened to us art teachers. When you have everyone’s art uploaded it becomes a simple assessment tool. Previously, all comments on student artwork had to be approved by parents. The Teacher Feedback tool allows us to bypass this requirement and make comments. We all know that authentic teacher feedback has a much greater impact on student motivation than letter grades. Being able to use Artsonia’s feedback tool also means that work goes home sooner. No more holding onto stacks of work awaiting your educational eye!
In the same vein, Progress Reports are a great way to collect a body of evidence for your students without holding on to 500 bulky portfolios all year long. With this unique feature, you can select which pieces of art to show in the progress report for each student and give overall comments. In addition, the progress reports are printable, or can be sent to parents as an email.
By implementing these four teacher-friendly features in Artsonia you can save yourself considerable time and effort. Artsonia can be a student gallery, art show multimedia display, parent communication vehicle, and assessment tool all wrapped into one. That is killing four birds with one stone! What art teacher can’t appreciate that!?
The awesome people at Artsonia would like all AOE readers to have the opportunity to explore their wonderful site. If you would like to see some of the basic (and newer) features of Artsonia, follow the simple steps below.
1. Head on over to Artsonia.
2. Click “log in”
3. Choose “Teacher”
4. Enter “artofed” for both the username and the password
Which Artsonia feature sounds the most useful to you?
If you’re an avid user already, which features do you like best? Why?