International Dot Day: How Will You Celebrate?


International Dot Day is fast approaching!

On, around, or during the week of September 15ish, amazing dots light up across class and student blogs as classes around the world connect to collaborate and celebrate their creativity.

To make participating in International Dot Day easier, we’ve compiled a list of ideas to get you started.

About International Dot Day

International Dot Day began when Terry Shay introduced his class to Peter H Reynold’s book The Dot on September 15, 2009 and is a day that celebrates creativity, bravery and self expression.

‘The Dot’ is a story about an art teacher who inspires a student who believes they can’t draw on a journey of self discovery, creativity, and eventually inspiring others, starting with a simple dot on a piece of paper.

Dot Day Ideas

International Dot Day is something you can celebrate throughout your entire school, with your class or by connecting with other classes around the world.

Karen Arlington’s school has been celebrating International Dot Day since 2011 and you can check out all the creative ways each grade in her school celebrated Dot Day here.

Her Thinglink School Synopsis of International Dot Day from last year is embedded below.

Last year Belldog Readers Blog’s school used an artist focus for their Dot Day Celebrations.  Each grade learned about a different artist and then students imitated that style of art to create their own awesome dot.  Check out the artists each grade study and their amazing dot artwork here!

The following classes connected with other classes via Skype or Google Hangout to read The Dot together and share their art work:

Or to sing the Dot Day song together!

Mis Schmidt’s class transformed their dot artwork into 3 Dimensional dots using the Quiver app (formerly known as colAR).

Miss Chaffey’s class made stop motion animations using Skittles.

On Dot Day students in Miss Daphne’s class wore dots, polka dots and painted their faces with dots.  You can check out all their Dot Day activities here.

Anything else?

What have we missed?

Have any more ideas, please leave them in the comments below!

5 thoughts on “International Dot Day: How Will You Celebrate?

  1. Another Great post! I will absolutely share this information with my coworkers at school! I think the story of Vashti was great! It really shows the impact of caring and compassion.

  2. I find it unique that Edublogs allow both the students and the teachers to be connected. I do not have Facebook or Twitter like most of my friends. I am not bothered by that fact. I like the idea of posting comments and sharing them with my fellow friends

  3. I like the fact that International Dot Day basically celebrates artists and everyday heroes. I can relate to the student. I once believed that I couldn’t draw as well as my best friend. Through self-teaching and motivation from my best friend, I am now able to draw as good as her.

  4. Wow! What a great post packed with creative ideas! Thank you, Sue for sharing and inspiring others!

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