My 8th graders have been working on a lot of digital art projects lately. When finished, I like for them to be able to output a full color print. Depending on the lab, toner-availability, and printer concerns, this is not always possible. Instead, I limit their color printing to the projects that are most “hallway worthy.”
Grading digital work that is not printed however, can be a bit tricky. I’ve been turning more and more to Edmodo.com as a resource for handing in digital work. Edmodo is a facebook-like website for educators that allows us to create groups (classes/projects/assignments etc.) wherein the students can communicate and upload information. The students love it because the interface is similar to facebook and very in-line with their digital means of communication. I like it because the groups we create are entirely private and can only been seen by those who have the group code (which is given to you when you create a new group) which in my case is the students and me. I can also share the code with parents so they can view the page. . .AND, I have total control and ability to see every tiny little change each and every student makes. It is awesome.
Furthermore, Edmodo has several teacher groups available for collaboration. . .I’ve already learned SO much from these groups. Do you Edmodo? If you do, look for me in the Computer Technology and Creative Arts Communities as Ms. Johnson!
This week, the 8th graders have been working on a digital David Hockney photomontage project. They uploaded their completed work to Edmodo. . . And, then I selected a few for printing. Enjoy!