I'm a K-12 art teacher and my name is Barbara Santora. I have struggled to find a way to allow students who are not in the classroom for periods of time, to stay connected and engaged. I think that web tools may be at least, a partial solution.

Favorite Web 2.0 Tools

Here is a list of some of my favorite web 2.0 tools.
  • Blogger: this is a controlled environment where student contributions can be reviewed before being published.
  • Wikispaces for Teachers: this is more fluid than a blog.
  • VoiceThread: Initially I would use this as a way of recording classroom lessons for viewing by absent students.

Web 2.0 Integration Project

I will set up a Class Blog in which I present a compare and contrast, and research opportunity for students to respond to. Questions will be based on historical art images.


The purpose is twofold. It will require students to hone their skills of observation so they can make an informed judgment. It will also provide a project that students can continue to participate in when they are out of the classroom, for whatever reason.


The primary audience is junior or senior high school art students. it could be expanded to involve parents in a gaming situation.

Essential Questions

Describe what you see, not what you feel about what you are seeing. After looking carefully at an image, find out more about it. Based on what you have seen and learned about an image, describe how your relate to it, and how it relates to your own life.


Alaska Technology Standards:
A. A student should be able to operate technology-based tools.
1) use a computer to enter and retrieve information
2) use technological tools for learning, communications, and productivity
3) use local and worldwide networks
B. A student should be able to use technology to locate, select, and manage information.
1) identify and locate information sources using technology
2) choose sources of information from a variety of media
3) select relevant information by appliying accepted research methods
D. A student should be able to use technology to express ideas and exchange information.
2) use communications technology to exchange ideas and information
Alaska Art Standards:
B. A student should be able to understand the historical and contemporary role of the arts in Alaska, the nation, and the world. 1) recognize Alaska Native cultures and their arts
2) recognize United States and world cultures and their arts
3) recognize the role of tradition and ritual in the arts
4) investigate the relationships among the arts and the individual, the society, and the environment
5) recognize universal themes in the arts such as love, war, childhood, and community
6) recognize specific works of art created by artists from diverse backgrounds
7) explore similarities and differences in the arts of world cultures
8) respect differences in personal and cultural perspectives.
C. A student should be able to critique the student's art and the art of others.
1) know the criteria used to evaluate the arts; these may include craftsmanship, function, organization, originality, technique, and theme
2) examine historical and contemporary works of art, the works of peers, and the student's own works as follows:
a. identify the piece b. describe the use of basic elements c. analyze the use of basic principles d. interpret meaning and artist's intent e. express and defend an informed opinion
4) recognize and consider an individual's aristic expression
D. A student should be able o recognize beauty and meaning through the arts in the student's life.
1) make statements about the significance of the arts and beauty in the student's life
2) discuss what makes an object or performance a work of art
3) recognize that people tend to devalue what they do not understand
4) listen to another individual"s beliefs about a work o art and consider the individual's reason for holding those beliefs
5) consider other cultures' beliefs about works of art
6) recognize that people connect many aspects of life through the arts

Thinking Skills

Students will be asked to analyze, compare and evaluate the imagery presented to them.


Students will learn to observe closely, and gather information about a subject, before making a judgment. They will learn to express an informed opinion. They will demonstrate the ability to show tolerance for divergent opinions.


Permission to publish forms and internet use permissions will be completed before beginning this project. Students will be given the website for the blog page and will be expected to complete this assignment on their own time. It can be done during class, only if class assignments are completed.


Following is a sample assessment for this particular blog activity.
For a total of 10 points, you will be graded as follows:
2 points = clearly state and identify one similarity and one difference not mentioned in an earlier blog entry.
2 points = after doing some research, share one piece of information for each of the two art works that was not contributed in an earlier blog.
2 points = use at least three of the art elements or principals to explain why you prefer one of the images over the other.
2 points = explain how one of the images relates to some aspect of your life
2 points = write in complete sentences using conventional standards of written English.

Links to Project Resources

Barb's Art Class Blog