Exhibit and Critique : Web 2.0 and the artsContacting me:
Sarah Sutter sutterview (at) gmail (dot) com
twitter : edueyeview
website : http://sarahsutter.com
AFTER the workshop on 6/18 please provide feedback via this Google Form. Thanks!

Nuts and Bolts: The Process
1. School AUP, Parental Approval, and one option for a Blogging / Other online work permission form

2. Digital Citizenship and Appropriate Behavior Online
Blog howto for kids 2.doc Basic guidelines and suggestions introducing students to the concepts behind blogging and commenting
Names : naming scheme such as first name, number; made-up names (simple!!!) with your initial; etc.
Avatars : Not your face - preferably a piece of your artwork or a pet, or something - and consistent so it's recognizable over the course of the class.
Posting : Remembering to keep location and personal information to a minimum- it's all about the artwork.
Commenting : Having already done critiques in class, go over what is appropriate for a comment on someone's artwork.
The rules change a bit if students are posting performances where they are in the work
Additional Resources for blogging with students: website links, pedagogy information and rationale, more examples

3. Creating Accounts :
What to do if students don't have emails to create accounts
How to set up student accounts with Gmail
account@gmail.com account+studentname@gmail.com
Options for classroom blogs or other tools where the kids create and submit, but teacher's post
Keeping track of usernames and passwords
Keeping track of urls if students are creating their own sites

4. File types :
Image files : jpg or png files at a maximum width of 300 to 500 pixels for reasonable size. Thumbnail size is frequently 100 pixels max dimension
Audio files : MP3 files are usually preferred. Sometimes a WMA (windows media audio) file will work too. Check the restrictions on the tools you are using.
Video Files : mov (quicktime), avi, wmv, m4v, mp4 files are the most frequent. Others may be possible, read the file type options for the particular tool. In video, the smaller the file the better, as it takes quite a bit of time to upload. Frequently the video hosting site will change the file type, and then you can embed the video in another tool (wiki, website, blog).


Youth Voices youthvoices.net Drupal environment hosted and managed by the New York Writing Project (part of the National Writing Project) as a space for students to share their writing, artwork, video, and to discuss various topics. (no download necessary)

Voicethread or ED Voicethread
A unique tool that allows posting of still images or video, with the capacity for anyone who registers to leave text, audio or video comments on each slide or video. Embeds well in websites or wikis, includes a pen tool, can be accessed via phone for leaving comments. Ed version appropriate for younger grades; both ed and regular voicethread allow multiple "identities" on one account for teachers to work with their class even if they don't have email addresses to sign up on their own. (no download necessary)
Ceramics voicethread example Photography Voicethread Example Elements & Principles example

Edublogs or Wordpress for blogging Both blog sites use wordpress technology to create individual (or class!) blogs. (no download necessary, does require email for registration & login)
Teacher Blog/Class Blog example Individual Student Blog example1,example 2 Elementary Art teacher Blog example Kindergarten class blog example Will Richardson's huge list of educaitonal bloggers

Wikispaces PB Works
Wikis are great spaces for a wide range of activities. Students can collaborate on content if a wiki is open to members, and also there is a discussion tab for students to have discussions, leave comments, or respond to teacher or peer prompts . Many things can be embedded in a wiki, such as images, videos, slideshows, or other types of widgets. It's an easy and free way to set up a class website or to provide links to kids.
WHS Art Wiki Example

Google Sites : Through Google Apps for Education
Google provides the opportunity to create a Google Apps environment for your school where students have Google Docs (word processing, presentation tool, spreadsheets), sites, calendar, and if your school so chooses, email that is archived - all for free. You can also choose to create a general Google or Gmail account and have Google Sites available that way. Students can create web pages in Sites to display their work, add self-reflections, and create a comprehensive e-portfolio of their artwork. If students are using Voicethread or other tools, they can sometimes be embedded (Google works best with Google tools such as Google Video, YouTube, Picasa, etc).
This is my Photo Google Site (under construction)
Google DOCS within Google Apps or via a Google Account : excellent means of giving feedback on written work.

Photo storage and sharing site. Free accounts with limited uploads - depends on your needs re: number of kids and image file sizes. Great way to then create an embeddable slideshow of the artwork. Excellent offsite backup plan for photos. The free site has limitations as to uploads per month, or you can have a "pro" account for $25 per year with unlimited storage. (no download necessary, does require a Yahoo account) WHS Flickr Stream Example of flickr images embedded in a Google Site

Picasa Does require a download, but the program will find and make accessible ALL the image files on your computer. A google product, so it requires a Google or Gmail account login. Great backup plan for your photos.
(Not a school example, but here's a Picasa slideshow in a Google Site)

SlideShare Excellent way to upload powerpoints to make them accessible online. Can then embed into a wiki or website easily. Can also record audio to make it a recorded presentation and not just the slides. Ability to leave comments by those who create an account (which requires email). (check out the Digital Photography Workshop link on the left to see embedded slideshares in a wiki) (does reqauire an email for registration)

Glogster or Glogster EDU
Glogster is a site that allows you to create dynamic interactive "pages" that can be either linked to or embedded in another site or wiki. The pages can have still images or video or audio files uploaded, and they have a wide range of textures, colors, text options and shape features to embellish the page. In order to conduct a critique on art featured in a Glogster page, I would suggest using a wiki and the discussion area based on a Glogster page embedded on the main part of the page. A student could use glogster to create pages for an e-portfolio with self reflections written right in the page as well.

Vimeo is one of my favorite video hosting sites. It's fast, rarely blocked, and allows plenty of space for what I do with video (which, admittedly, isn't much). You get 500MB per week for free - which if you are uploading Quicktime movies in a medium or small size, lets you do quite a bit. (does require email for registration) Will let you upload the following formats : MP4, 3g2, 3gp, 3gp2, 3gpp, asf, asx, avi, divx, m2t, m2ts, m2v, m4v, mkv, mov, mp4, mpe, mpeg, mpg, ogg, wmv.

Teacher Tube and School Tube
are other video hosting sites that are aimed specifically at teachers. They have various levels of moderation on what can be posted and are well patrolled for anything that might be inappropriate. The good news is that School Tube is working with other tools so you can embed their video easily. Here's one on our school website. Glogster is also partnered with School Tube so you can easily embed their videos in a Glogster Edu page.

Ning : Online community

A Ning site is a wonderful tool that allows online communities to be constructed with members, all behind logins and private or open to the public, depending on the needs and rules of the district and grade level.
Yarmouth High School Art Dept Ning

Self Hosted Tools:
Requires assistance and support from the technology folks in your district

Moodle : an open source course management system. This can be self hosted OR if you just want a class or two you can get in touch with Tim Hart at UMaine and he can set up a class for you on the UMaine servers. Everything in the Moodle can be behind a login, so it is private. This is a great tool for middle school to work in an online community environment but without the risk of outside connections.

Wordpress Multi User : While you can have your wordpress blog hosted online for free, if your district needs your online work with students to be hosted in house, talk to your tech folks about setting up a wordpress multi user blog server.

Other neat and cool tools that are relevant
Cool Iris
Firefox Pluginis fabulous for viewing large numbers of photographs by scanning. This does require a download and installation of the plugin on your Firefox browser.
Cool Iris Wall for embedding pictures in a dynamic interactive "wall" on websites (from flickr feed) (Example on our school website)

Other School Examples
Yarmouth High School Art Page - links to class wikis, ning, websites, etc.