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!
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!!