International Dot Day

International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009.

The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.  What started as a story in the pages of a book is transforming teaching and learning around the world as people of all ages re-discover the power and potential of creativity in all they do.

Ms. Czarnecki utilized technology with her kindergarten and 1st grade classes to animate dot drawings. First graders decorated their dot on their Dot Day sheet from the ColAR website.  ColAR Mix is an augmented reality app that transforms 2D coloring pages into 3D animations. It’s absolutely amazing, Students love seeing their own artwork transformed this way!

Students in grades 2-5 created digital drawings in the software application, Pixie.  Each dot created shows something unique about the students’ artistic style. 

“Just make a mark and see where it takes you.”