As noted in a previous post, I've become a pretty active 'pinner' on Pinterest recently. Somehow I know that statement is going to come back and haunt me some day, like admitting that I was a Trekkie, or an 'edupunk', or something. However, while it doesn't have the organizational excellence of a bookmarking tool like diigo, Pinterest has been simply a great way of organizing images and ideas visually. What would really be ideal (someone who knows how, steal this idea) would be something that works organizationally like diigo or Pearltrees, but operates more visually like Pinterest.
Anyway, I mention a few of the benefits of Pinterest along with Theresa McGee from The Teaching Palette in an article that we were interview for in Education World. I don't know if I agree that it is 'taking over education', but its a good article about the inclusion of the website in the art classroom.
Now, just because I'm on the topic of articles about art education, and feel like indulging in a mini rant, here's an article from Edutopia that I have a few misgivings about. While I appreciate any effort to stress the importance of art education in the school curriculum, I can't help but become sad and frustrated when its explained in terms of its importance of bolstering other subjects. I've never heard the argument that students should take social studies because it bolsters the critical thinking skills necessary for art making, or math because it helps with compositional skills.
Paul Gaugin said that art was either plagiarism or revolution. Art class, to me, is where we teach students to reach for that transformational energy in their own lives.
If it also helps their math scores, great - but they have awesome math teachers who can do a much better job with that than I ever could. I didn't become an art teacher to help my students with their geometry homework.