Tuesday, July 26, 2016

International Dot Day Links to Share - 2016

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: http://www.thedotclub.org is where to send people first. There is a yearly signup and lots of resources and ideas to make your day (week, month, school year) successful. Please encourage people to check out the site and sign up!!

The amazing Celebridot Site: http://www.celebridots.com The 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!

I have curated a group of Dot Day celebrations through Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/tjshay/international-dot-day/ 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 here: http://www.pinterest.com/tjshay/international-dot-day-ideas/

Shannon M. Miller, Matthew Winner, and Andy Plemmons have created a great Google Doc for help connecting with other schools on Dot Day. You can find the 2016 document here. Be sure to connect to Shannon, Matthew, and Andy because they are awesome! 
Andy Plemmons @plemmonsa
Matthew Winner @matthewwinner
Shannon McClintock Miller @shannonmmiller

This year people have wondered if 7-12 students can participate in Dot Day! I am very proud to share this site from my school: https://www.flickr.com/photos/106506195@N07/sets/72157636908020134/ In 2013, every kid in grades 7-12 (and the awesome teachers) created a dot on his/her tablet and we took a large picture in the gym and also created a Flickr online gallery of all the dots.

I also would 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!

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

Do high school kids want to make dots?? Check out this blogpost from last year where I asked my former high school kids what they liked about the day.

Happy Dot Day!!