Dot Day 2016: Link Up with the 4.6 Million Mark Makers

The following article first appeared on Dot Day Founder Terry Shay's blog, TJ on Journey

International Dot Day started in a few classrooms in 2009 and has grown into a celebration celebrated around the world. I am constantly sharing links on Twitter and Facebook to encourage more classes to participate. Adults may feel free to connect with me.

 

Official Page and Signup

The Dot Club is where to send people first. There is a yearly signup as well as a lot of resources and ideas to make your day, week, month or school year successful. Please encourage people to check out the site and sign up!!


Celebrities Celebrate Dot Day

The Celebri-dot site was inspired by Sharon Creech who sent me a dot on Dot Day 2011. I was so inspired by her graciousness that I decided to start asking other celebrities to make their mark. So many awesome dots are now on the site by the best people out there. If you know an author/illustrator/actor/sports personality, please invite them to participate. The determining factor on 'celebrity' status is if kids would recognize his/her name or work. There are now 220 dots up!


Dot Day Pins on Pinterest 

I have curated a group of Dot Day celebrations through Pinterest. I also encourage you to search Pinterest for International Dot Day as I may have missed some. Beautiful stuff there! I also have a newer board for Dot Day Ideas.  


Collaborate Through Google Doc

Shannon M. Miller, Matthew Winner, and Andy Plemmons have created a great Google Doc to help you all connect with other schools on Dot Day. Be sure to connect to Shannon, Matthew, and Andy on Twitter because they are awesome!

Shannon M. Miller: @shannonmmiller

Matthew Winner: @matthewwinner

Andy Plemmons: @plemmonsa


Middle & High Schoolers

This year people have wondered if grade 7-12 students can participate in Dot Day. The answer is yes! In 2013, every kid in grades 7-12 (and their awesome teachers) created a dot on his/her tablet and we took a large picture in the gym. We created a Flickr to display a gallery of all the dots online.  

In addition, check out this blogpost from last year where I asked my former high school kids what they liked about the day.


Tune into Twitter 

I also encourage you to use and search the #DotDay hashtag on Twitter. The very best and most creative educators on the planet will be found there!


Visit FableVision Learning

Another way to connect with the best people is to check and follow people from this great post: Superheroes of Dot Day post on the FableVision Learning Blog. 

 

Happy Dot Day 2016!!