Artsonia and ePortfolios

Artsonia

Artsonia is the world’s largest kids’ art museum – a special online art gallery, reflecting their masterpieces created at Maxey Elementary School.  My goal with this website is to use it as a tool to communicate to families but also as a tool to start conversations.  Check out the Maxey Artsonia gallery: http://www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=63336.

What can my child and I do on Artsonia?  Students will have a photo of their artwork uploaded to their account.  The photos of their art will go to the child’s own Artsonia gallery!!  You can start a fan club and invite family and friends to view the grand opening of the gallery and join your child’s official Artsonia Fan Club.  Friends and family can leave positive comments about your child’s artwork in their guestbook.  View this Artsonia video to learn more: http://www.artsonia.com/video.asp

A permission slip was sent home in your child’s Wednesday folder in October.  If the permission slip got lost or didn’t make it home, please let Mrs. Hergott know and we can help you out.  If interested in joining Artsonia, follow the directions on this permission slip to sign up your child for their own Artsonia gallery.  With questions – please call Mrs. Hergott at 436-1153 or email at bhergott@lps.org.

 

ePortfolios

In addition, 2nd – 5th grade students will be learning how to use ePortfolios.  Think of these as student owned websites that they learn to create with their teachers on their Chromebooks.  It is a place for students to document their learning.  ePortfolios is student driven with the idea that the student learns to take charge of presenting their own work.  A student would need to initiate showing their ePortfolio to you at home (by logging into their LPS Google account) or during PT Conferences.  The public (parents included) do not have viewing access of the ePortfolio.  Again, it would be the student that would need to log in and initiate presenting their portfolio.  Artsonia is PTO/teacher/parent driven where parents have access and control with the PTO and art teacher.  ePortfolio is student driven with the student in charge.  As stated from the LPS Visual Art Education website:

 

LPS ePortfolios provide students with a way to catalogue and present evidence of learning across grade levels and curriculum areas.

 

Why ePortfolios?

 

  • They provide a window into student learning over time, allowing students to think critically and reflect upon their work
  • They make classroom learning more accessible to students, parents, teachers and administrators
  • They increase student engagement, promote a continuing conversation about learning between teachers, parents, and students, and extend academic lessons beyond school walls
  • Digital portfolios also offer opportunity for students to showcase skills and kinds of intelligence that often are not measured on standardized tests.