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Was that Artwork Submitted?

Do you ever find yourself clicking a bunch of links, trying to figure out if a student’s artwork has been submitted to Artsonia or not? And did they add a statement? Did you remember to provide feedback? If that sounds familiar, take a moment to read about a feature that will save you time!

Login to your teacher section and click on your art projects. Click on the title of any project and look for the word monitor.

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A page similar to the one below will show up (toggle the grade levels along the left side to match the project, if necessary).

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Here you can see which students have completed artwork, titles and artist statements. You can also see if you’ve provided feedback to them or not.

Classroom Mode Users: Have this page up when students walk into the classroom to quickly identify which ones need to go back and resubmit artwork and statements!

No more check-lists and weeding through piles of artwork! Just visit your monitor activity page on Artsonia and use your precious time for something else!

 

 

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Change Your Perspective!

Do you ever see photographs of artwork that look like this?

It’s not cropped because nobody wanted to chop off the corner of the piece. But, it doesn’t look very nice with all that background showing up either. Not to worry, the new perspective editing tool is here to save the artwork!

The new editing tool on our mobile versions will automatically find the corners of the artwork, as soon as the image is captured. When you proceed with the editing process, the tool will automatically square the piece! See for yourself!

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If you want to see the process from start to finish, take a look at this short tutorial video found in our helpful resources for teachers!

Helpful Tip: Guided Access

Do any of your students take advantage of having an iPad or iPhone at their disposal in the artroom? Do they quickly try to access a different app, or (common with younger students) hit the home key and exit out of what they were supposed to be doing? If so, we wanted to share a quick tip on how you might be able to curb any “wandering fingertips” issues. Read on to learn about using Guided Access on an iOS device (Guided access is not an Artsonia feature, but a feature built into iPads and iPhones that can be convenient to use with Classroom Mode and other apps).

“Guided Access” helps your students stay focused on submitting artwork and statements while in the Artsonia Classroom Mode! Guided access limits their device to only using one single app and lets you (the teacher) control which app features are available.

Use Guided Access to:

  • Temporarily restrict your iOS device to a particular app
  • Disable areas of the screen that aren’t relevant to a task, or areas where an accidental gesture might cause a distraction
  • Disable the hardware buttons

Note: Since Artsonia classroom is web-based, students could still incidentally type in a different URL and that would still work, however, they would not be able to hit the home key and/or actually exit the Internet browsing session.

Tap Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access to set up Guided Access.

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From there you can:

(1) Turn Guided Access On/Off

(2) Set a passcode to control Guided Access and prevent students from leaving an active session

(3) Set whether the device can go to sleep during a session

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Start a Guided Access session

If you’ve gone into the above settings, it doesn’t do any harm in simply leaving the Guided Access “on” at all times. The actual feature will not be enabled unless you actually start/enable an active session.  Here are two thoughts on how to do that:

1) Prior to handing the device(s) to students, browse to your artsonia.com/class link (or open the app of choice) then triple-click the Home button to activate the Guided Access session. If anyone attempts to hit the “home” key a pop-up will appear, requiring them to input the password to exit.

2)If you are in a 1:1 classroom, you could instruct students to browse to the artsonia.com/class link (or open desired app), then triple-click the Home button on their devices. Again, this will automatically “lock” the app (or browsing session) so that no students can accidentally (or intentionally) hit the home button and exit to a different app.

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Note: As shown just above, you can disable app controls and areas of the app screen, but in the case of the Artsonia Classroom feature, this would not be necessary. However, it might come in handy if you used Guided Access with other apps of your choice!

To End a Guided Access session, simply triple-click the Home button and enter the Guided Access Passcode.

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Artsonia: More Than an Art Museum, A Comprehensive Classroom Tool for Art Education

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Create a Community around your Art Program
An Artsonia school gallery is much more than just a place to show off your student’s artwork; it’s an opportunity to create an entire community that revolves around your art program. The gallery is a launching pad for art-focused student interactions, family involvement and integrating technology into your art room.  Each fall, Artsonia honors teachers who have done an outstanding job of creating a community around their art programs with Leadership Awards.  Learn more about one teacher’s award and art program in a recent article by the The Record (Wanaque,New Jersey).

Teach Digital Citizenship
As a web-based educational platform, Artsonia provides many ways for students to learn and practice responsible digital citizenship. Online classroom tools give students the means to responsibly submit their own artwork and statements. Leaving comments on another student’s work is another online activity. Often times, these activities are done on school owned computers or iPads. Students will learn appropriate ways to use devices while practicing respectful and responsible digital citizenship in the safe, controlled online environment that is Artsonia.com.  Illinois Art Teacher, Tricia Fuglestad uses Artsonia to teach digital citizenship in her art room and shared the details on her Fugleblog last spring.

Promote Literacy and Address the Common Core
Students are encouraged to submit artist statements along with their artwork. Asking students to first thoughtfully analyze and interpret the work and then write a statement, drives literacy skills. This is especially true when proper use of sentences, punctuation and organization is required by the teacher (photo credit, Art Teacher Janine Campbell).

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Artist statements, much like the Common Core requirements, reinforce the importance of learning to reflect, critique and evaluate work. The Art of Ed recently interviewed middle school teacher, Diane Davis to find out more about using Artsonia to promote literacy.

Organize and Manage Your Art Program
Within the Artsonia teacher section, you will find numerous ways to organize not only your art gallery, but your entire art program. Quickly see who has completed artwork, post feedback to your students…Monitor_Exhibits

Send Art Room Newsletters to parents (Thanks to IL art teacher, Laura Allan for sharing hers)! Monitor student-progress, print reports and request money earned through fundraising efforts. Nearly all the Artsonia features are the direct result of teacher feedback, in an effort to create an all-in-one classroom tool, designed specifically for art teachers.

Earn Funds, Enrich Your Art Program
Artsonia gives teachers a way to earn additional funds for their school via an online gift shop. At their convenience, families and friends of the artists can purchase customized keepsakes featuring the student’s artwork. Artsonia gives 20% of each purchase back to the school to help support the art program. Fundraising_Twitter

At any time, art teachers can redeem earned funds in the form of a check, gift cards (Artsonia/Blick Art Materials/Amazon), technology products (Apple TV/iPad/iPad mini) or as payment for their annual NAEA Membership. With additional funds coming into your program, Artsonia hopes that both you and your students will be provided with enriched experiences and opportunities in the world of art education.

What are YOUR favorite Artsonia features? What do students love about Artsonia? What do your families say about Artsonia? We’d love to hear from you. Leave your comments below!

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