How I Use It
I am an art teacher and I use this for students to create an ongoing online portfolio of their artwork for as long as they are attending a school at which I teach. Students can reflect on their artwork and I’m able to create prompts, questions or sentence starters to help them reflect. A few times I had students help upload their own artwork and they were able to see the process for putting something online. It also allows me to keep a record of what they made and the reflections help me see if they truly achieved the objective. The only thing I didn’t like was that students have to be granted permission from parents before they can reflect on their artwork and I can never get 100% of my students’ permission granted.
I think that this is a great tool for teachers as well as students. Many students are interested in digital tools and this gives them hands on experience with materials AND a digital record of it and the process. I was able to update information for students from my phone or laptop, so technology wasn’t working against our process. I wish they wouldn’t have changed the ability for students to write about their artwork and would have just kept their art and statements private. Students love looking through their gallery and seeing their artwork. It also gives me access to their thoughts and artwork 24/7 without saving everything to my phone or taking their actual artwork home with me for grading.