Evaluating Resources

These two blogs met all of my criteria. They are reputable sites recommended by other art educators, updated regularly and are connected through participation forums.

This blog was created several years ago by a middle school art teacher from Northern Italy. She has complied both formal lesson plans and ideas for middle school art teachers from around the world. She has created a forum where other art teachers share ideas and discuss techniques. Her blog is recommended and followed by several other art teachers and is updated and shared regularly. She won art blog of the year in 2015 and is one of the “Top 25 Art Teacher blogs on the web.” Her resources are categorized in a user friendly way.

This blog was created by an art teacher who practices at a private school in Texas. She has both free and paid lesson plans an ideas that range from pre-k to high school. Her website is user friendly and offers lesson by both grade level and medium. Each lesson has a materials list and a “how to” video connected to the content. Her blog is connected to the Art Ed Blogger’s Network.

These websites met all of my criteria for resources in two different ways. One site allows art educators to connect and stay apprised of current trends, while the other offers a host of tutorials and demonstrations for use in the classroom.

This website is the host of the “Art Ed Blogger’s Network.” The offer a way for educators to connect via shared blogs and podcasts. Every Tuesday art teachers from all over the world blog about the same topic and share their thoughts through the network. The “Art Class Curator” hosts the blogs and sends a weekly newsletter via email. They also offers a paid subscription to a “resource library”  which includes access to webinars and private Facebook site.

This website  was created by a high school art teacher in 2006. She decided to make an online resource for herself, but made all of her tests and lesson plans available to everyone for free. She has a plethora of tutorials, lessons and demonstrations of techniques.

These websites didn’t meet my criteria.

This website doesn’t meet all of my criteria, but is still a useful source. The reason it doesn’t meet my criteria is because it lacks focus and connection. The resource sounds good, but the categories are too broad and host narrow pieces of content. The other reason is because it doesn’t offer multiple voices from educators around the globe. It is still useful because of the list of apps that support art. Once I look into her suggestions, I will drop this resource because everything else is very basic and ordinary.

This website also didn’t meet all of my criteria because it lacks the forum to connect to other educators and have timely conversations. Instead, this is a paper publication aimed at school arts and professional support. As a publication, this resource has merit. The website houses current and past issues full of classroom suggestions and ideas to support various grade levels throughout the year.

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