How I Use It
Artsonia is our whole school online digital art portfolio tool. We've used it for 14 years and have amassed over 50,000 pieces of student art showcasing my students' learning. Each year they add new features and upgrades like an app that gives students better access to curating their own portfolio & add artist statements about their learning and growth. This year they plan on supporting video which will make the portfolios more complete. They have done a great job with privacy & safety allowing for work to be viewed online or hidden based on parent permissions.
As an art teacher, I use Artsonia for a number of reasons
-an advocacy tool: parents and fan club members sign up and receive an email for each published piece of art
-a digital portfolio: my kindergarteners get registered and collect art up until 5th grade then I pass their portfolio on to their middle school teacher where it continues to grow. Artsonia doesn't remove the art. It could remain indefinitely.
-a communication tool: I use the newsletter feature to communicate with my parent community, I am able to write project descriptions and link to my blog post, they have a slideshow feature in partnership with animoto to make movies of student art, students can write about their work via artist statements, and fan club members are encouraged to write comments to the artists. I have used artsonia to teach about digital citizenship by having students write compliments to classmates. Each comment is reviewed by a parent before it is posted.
-a fundraiser: Parents, grandparents, and other family members love to buy keepsakes featuring their favorite artist's artwork from the Artsonia gift shop. I love to buy things there too. My classroom smocks and an art history tile wall in my building were made & purchased via Artsonia. They give back 20% of each purchase to my art program.