At the start of each year I simply email Artsonia a list of my incoming 5th graders in an excel spreadsheet. They put all the information into my account for me. They also roll my old 5th graders up to 6th grade. I then go through and group my students by homeroom teacher (that is how I see them) in 5th grade and day of the week in 6th. This makes assigning names to the projects a lot quicker as I only have 25-75 student names to search through vs. 300. The whole prep time takes less than an hour for 600 students.
Artsonia offers a really easy to use and simple to navigate "start page" for me as the teacher to use. This helps me manage my students, exhibits, artwork, send home newsletters, track fundraising $, search for lesson plans and so much more.
**pssst: They also create QR codes for every exhibit so you can print that off and your students could use an iPad (iPhone) to photograph and upload their own work.
When navigating the museum, Norfolk Middle School has a home site,
each exhibit has a home page,
and each student has their own page.
I know there are a lot of fundraisers and websites out there but I will continue to be a huge fan of Artsonia. They are an easy to use website that allows me to fundraise while allowing students to write about their art, curate their own web presence*, share their artwork with family members (fan club) and save their images.
* Artsonia does a great job of protecting students. First name/number combos are used to identify students. They check artwork to make sure they don't show portraits (I know because I had an exhibit removed for using direct portrait photographs of the students). They also require parents to moderate any comments left for their child about his/her artwork.