Tech Resources for Art Teachers
These are links for the teacher!
Follow this link to get to Google Classroom. You can also get to this link from you waffle icon in the top right side of your screen. This tutorial has been created by Devin Schoening. It has all the steps for setting up your google classroom and beginning to leave announcements and assign work to students. This website can be used to assign/collect and organize artist statements. you can also assign/collect and organize summative assessments for a unit.
Artsonia allows you to publish student artwork into teacher created galleries. Each school you work at will need an account. The student artwork can then be viewed by anyone who searches for the students using either their school or login name. This allows for families that live near and far to see what their child has created. Artsonia is also a wonderful advocacy tool because it engages parents, families, and administrators with the artwork created at school. In addition to viewing student work, families have the option to purchase items with the students artwork printed on the side. This is a nice perk to help raise funds for your art room. This program can be used from a computer or the downloaded application on a phone or tablet. Teachers also have the option to allow students to upload their own artworks onto Artsonia as well as add an artist statement to accompany the artwork.
This site has great resources for k-12 visual arts teachers. You will find a lesson plan bank on the site divided into age appropriate ranges. Stories/videos are included within the lessons as well as handouts and video clips to enhance instruction. All lessons included cross curricular connections to encourage arts integration, as well as link to the National Coalition for Core Arts standards.
This site allows you to create big posters from your own images by taking a .jpg file you provide and cutting it into 8 ½ x 11-inch blocks. You will then print out these blocks as individual pages and assemble them like a puzzle on your classroom wall, bulletin board, door or in your hallway. After uploading your image, you can easily customize how many pages wide and long you would like your finished product to be, and whether you would like a border. It is recommended that you use the thickest, best-quality paper you have available as it is less likely to curl up and therefore easier to post. You can then piece your poster together on a flat surface, face down, using masking tape to attach pages together. (This way you have a full poster that you can move around, reposition, or roll up and store.)
You can create QR codes using various sites. I prefer to use Kawya a free online QR code Generator. You can link a doc, text, image, video, or web address to a QR code. Phones and tablets can add a free app called a QR code reader to scan the codes you have posted. I have used QR codes to create video artist statements of student work and then posted these with the students art displays in the halls at my school and at art shows. These can also be used to have students engage with images you have posted throughout your classroom. You can post a QR code next to an artwork that takes the student to a site with more information about a specific artist, culture, art movement, the ideas are endless. The QR code attached here is a link to the Longfellow art gallery on Artsonia.
This site is an extension available in the google play store. Using pic monkey you are able to edit photographs. This tutorial will get you started on using pic monkey to edit photographs. This link will take you to the tutorials provided on pic monkey to learn specific editing skills on the site.
This site is an extension available in the google play store. You can use pear deck to create interactive slide show presentations. It works with Google docs, sheets, presentations, classroom as well as collecting data in your drive and connecting with your email. Using pear deck for presentation increases inquiry based learning by asking questions that challenge students instead of just delivering facts. It also increase social learning in the classroom allowing students to collaborate and share. This short video clip shows how pear deck works, and these tutorials will help you to get started using pear deck in your art classroom.
This site is really great for grabbing a YouTube Video and giving it a specific start and end time for the portion that you wish to show to your students. After you chop the video it will allow you to save/send yourself the link.