Saturday, December 14, 2013

Art Education 2.0

Art Education 2.0 is an online professional learning community of art educators. to join, all you have to do is sign up for a free account by filling out the profile information,upload a profile picture, and verify your email address. Once your registration has been approved, you can participate in forums, groups, blogging, photo and video sharing.
Just reading over some of the blogs and forums listed on the home page made me realize that this website can be an extremely helpful tool for art educators. Not only do they have blogs written by fellow art educators that share their personal work, art projects and opinions, but they have a list of current projects that teachers along with their students are invited to participate in. Some that I thought were interesting are the Memory Project, Rock Thoughts and Connected Classroom. Memory Project is where students create portraits for children and teens around the world who have been orphaned, abandoned, neglected or otherwise disadvantaged. Rock Thoughts has students paint rocks to resemble monsters and hide them in public spaces for others to find. Connected Classroom connects a teacher on this site with another teacher in a different city, state or country. 
Being connected to art educators around the globe is amazing. I'm curious to see what methods and lessons they are teaching their students. I think this site would be beneficial for any art educator and I personally can't wait to join so I can learn more.


  1. This sounds like a great tool, Karen. When it comes to education, community is key, and for students who are interested in art, but lack the local community (school, family, etc.) to support that interest, this is great way of developing their art skills. What is interesting to me is that this community allows you to both write words and present art. The twofold aspect really helps those who are part of the community develop a deeper understanding of what art is all about. I myself am an art enthusiast, but often find myself getting lost or not understanding criticisms, maybe through this community, however, the visual accompaniment can really help solidify my current understanding of art.

    Nice find.

  2. The online professional learning community seems to be a great tool to use. I think that as Art teachers we like to be resourceful with the use of materials and like to find multiple ways in which we could apply mediums to have an endless world of possibilities.
    It is great to know that there are professionals willing to share their techniques to make a communal place to reciprocate curious discoveries.