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International Dot Day

September 15th was International Dot Day. The ISTE Global Collaboration PLN, of which I am also a member. It was decided that the #ISTEGlobalPLN would create a project for this day to engage our members and other educators. Sean Forde, one of our lPLN leadership team set up a Dot Day wakelet for participants to add their dots. It is still not too late to add yours. Peter Reynolds, the author of the Dot, created a beautiful Dot to start us off.

Here is what it looked like in my classes

  • We do not have the book, so we watched the story on youtube.
  • As it is during my ICT classes, computers had to be used to draw the dots
  • Most students chose to use MS Paint with some having access to Paint 3D
  • They were encouraged to share a little of Australian culture in their dots as it was a global project
  • All dots were collated into a Powerpoint presentation and then uploaded to slideshare.
  • The link to the slideshares were added to Wakelet and this created an efficient and effective way of sharing more than 40 dots. (Rather than have them just listed under one another).

Did you get involved in International Dot Day? What did you do?


International Dot Day 2013!

Students in a number of ICT classes were given the opportunity to create dots for International Dot Day September 15th, 2013. The is a wonderful global project that is simple but very effective in encouraging creativity, courage and collaboration in students.

Here is how it looked:-

  1. Students were read the book “The Dot” or watched the author Peter Reynolds read it to them.
  2. They chose which technology or medium to use. Most chose to create their dots in Paint.net on desktops or netbooks. Others chose to use the library class set of iPads and the app Doodle Buddy
  3. Students were encouraged to share a little of the Australian culture with their dots. Some did so. We had an Australian flag in a dot, our love of the outdoors and beach in a dot, cricket and a kangaroo in a dot etc
  4. They then saved their dot as a jpg both in their personal folder and a commonly shared folder for me to be able to retrieve them and work with them further for sharing globally.
  5. The dots created by Year 8 students will be uploaded into the relevant  Scratch page and shared on the World Museum site (see our dots in action)  thanks to the work of Yoshiro Myata and Lorraine Leo.

See some other interesting global approaches Dot Day (Malaysia), Ed Tech Blog from Spain

International Dot Day

A Dot by Levi (year 11)

Several weeks ago, Lorraine Leo mentioned the existence of International Dot Day on September 15th and that she would be involved in a Scratch World Dot Project a World Museum project organised by Yoshiro Miyata. It was promptly forgotten, until I noticed active tweets alerting us to the upcoming event. Read further to see our involvement, what we did and how we did it:-

  1. I researched the meaning of the day and signed up for Dot Day through Fable Vision.
  2. Grade Prep/One and Year 4/5 created dots with Doodle Buddy on the iPad for Dots Around the World (Chrissy Hellier’s project)
  3. Year 7 and some 4/5s created the dots for the Scratch project.
  4. The classes watched the Dot on youtube
  5. Chrissy Hellier from Bangkok and her class skyped us. Chrissy showed us the book and read sections to us. See Skype Linkup with Bangkok
  6. Students created their dots using Doodle Buddy on the iPad.
  7. Lorraine Leo from Boston USA helped year 7 students, on an individual basis, create their dots using Scratch,using skype on the iPad. Going Dotty with a Mobile Teacher
  8. Year 11 students wanted to be part of it too.
  9. The images were shared in a drop box folder and on flickr. See our flickr images

Year 4/5 Dots can be seen in the following presentation.

Where can you see the final outcomes?

  1. Student work is now proudly displayed at the World Dot Project (allow this site to load as it will take time).
  2. Work from Year Prep/One, Four/Five and Year 11 can be seen from the video on Dots Around the World

Reflecting on this project:-

  1. I love the notion of encouraging creativity
  2. A Dot is such a simple concept but students came up with so many different ideas and applications
  3. Many times, I bit my tongue, as I was about to say that is not right, why dont you do this etc. I just let the student creativity flow.
  4. The younger students just use any colour combination, they have not been taught to keep with certain colours etc and don’t you just love them?
  5. Not all students could read or write well but they could draw a dot. It catered for every ability.
  6. It plummeted us into the world of technology where we could learn, share and teach others around the world.
  7. It forced me to use technology (skype on my iPad) which I may not have done otherwise. Now I want to try and use this more.
  8. Communication and collaboration tools used included: twitter, skype, blogs, email, gchat, google+, youtube, slideshare, facebook. dropbox, scratch, flickr

Thanks Peter Reynolds for writing the Dot, fablevision for promoting the idea and to all those who created the projects and encouraged us to add our dots to them.

Happy Dot Day and long live creativity!

Skype linkup with Bangkok

Tomorrow is International Dot Day a day to encourage individual creativity. It is based on the book The Dot. As we do not have that book in our library, we had a skype linkup with Chrissy Hellier and her class in Bangkok. My year 4/5 are taking part in Dots Around the World – a global project organised by Chrissy.

It was great for the two classes to meet each other ‘webcam to webcam’ and then  share their work online together. Hawkesdale students shared some objects eg their workbooks, their lunch, their art work and uniforms. Then Chrissy explained her project, read sections of the book to us and showed the pages of the book. The Bangkok students shared what countries they were from (as this is an International School) and there was a short time for questions to be asked of each other. The temperature was discussed in each country and then an iPhone produced on both sides with current temperarture, forecast etc displayed to the webcam. Chrissy’s students said goodbye in Thai. Hawkesdale students were surprised to learn there was female goodbye and another for the male goodbye.

This was a great introduction to the project and gave students a feel for the global nature of the International Dot Day.

Sharing our School Uniform

As a reflective activity, students were asked to  write a post sharing three things that they learnt and one thing that they are still wondering about. Here are some of the posts

Bringing the Real World into a textbook

My senior VCE ITA students are studying file security. As part of this topic, they look at cloud computing. Their textbook devotes several pages to the topic.

It is rather opportune that at this very time, many of my younger classes were taking part in a global project for International Dot Day. Chrissy Hellier of Bangkok organised a Dots Around the World project and invited interested teachers and classes to collaborate. Thirty three classes across the world enlisted. As Chrissy will produce a video collating all the dots, we had to be able to share them in an efficient manner. There were several choices given to us for sharing our class dots and they illustrated beautifully the notion of cloud computing:-

  1. Dropbox – cloud storage for collaborative sharing
  2. Flickr – online photo storage
  3. email

For my students to fully understand the nature of the project, we first watched the youtube clip of the Dot

Then I showed the students how dropbox and flickr worked and how we were using them in this collaborative project. The class then discussed the pros and cons of each method of cloud computing.

To my surprise, as the year 12 students set to work, my year 11 students (who are so often disengaged and difficult to motivate), asked whether they could create a dot. Of course, I said “yes”! I wasn’t going to miss a learning opportunity that the students requested. They borrowed iPads from the library and set to work on the Doodle Buddy app. Levi and Nathan then created a simple collage using Pic Collage.  It took 25 mins of concentrated effort to create the dots shown on this post.

Going ‘dotty’ with a mobile teacher!

Hands were up all over the classroom from students new to Scratch trying to complete their sprite. Patiently the teacher moved around the room, answering those questions.  But………….. the teacher ……..

  1. was not in the physical classroom, but moved around the room, on the screen of an iPad using skype
  2. lived 1000’s of kilometres away in Boston USA (my class is in south eastern Australia)

Taking it back an hour…..Sometimes, I think nothing more amazing can happen with technology in the classroom, but it continues on! I had just been chatting on skype to Lorraine Leo who had encouraged me to get students involved in the World Museum Dot Project for International Dot Day. However, I am not at all confident or competent with Scratch. Then, the bell went and it was time to teach year 7 ICT.

Thinking this was a great and simple way to introduce students in Year 7 to Scratch, the students as usual push the software tool to the boundaries to create what they want their desired outcomes. And so, the students had lots of questions. Most chose to use the editing pad in Scratch but a few created a dot in MS Paint, some sprites had to be cropped, some had mutliple sprites using them to combine into one etc! Unfortunately, I could not answer the questions and my first reaction was to skype Lorraine and see if she was still online. This is a class of 26 students and I had to lend one of the students my laptop as he did not have access to a desktop or netbook. 

Yikes! that meant I could not use my laptop to skype, as I usually do! I suddenly remembered my iPad and quickly logged onto skype on it. The front camera was used to introduce the student to Lorraine and then the back camera was used by the student to show Lorraine their screen whilst talking through their questions and problems. As Lorraine finished speaking to one student, she was passed onto the next. Sometimes a second student had to hold the iPad still, so that the requesting student could use the keyboard and computer screen to do what Lorraine was telling them.

Three heads, four hands collaborate to solve the problem!

At one stage, two girls took Lorraine out into the corridor so they could quite clearly hear her instructions. The 50 minute lesson soon finished and most students completed their sprite ready for me to upload to the World Museum site.

Highlights of the first time use of skype on an iPad in the classroom.

  • The intriguing part was that they students did not bat an eyelid or even look  amazed! They just treated Lorraine like their teacher in the physical classroom and not the virtual one that she was, one who lived worlds away, in another day and another time zone.
  • the mobility of the iPad meant that the students could remain in their seats and share their work
  • the problems were solved NOW. Time was not wasted trying to find answers etc.
  • the two camera options on the iPad were fabulous to work with in this environment.
  • individualized learning at its best.

Thanks Lorraine for being a great team teacher for us and giving up your precious night time. We are successfully ‘dotty’ now! Have you used a mobile teacher? If you have an iPad how do you use the functionality of the two cameras? How can we take such an experience further?

International Dot Day

Mannith’s Dot (grade one)

International Dot Day, Sept 15th, is an initiative of FableVision Learning. The idea of celebrating a day where creativity is encouraged and for students to realise that they can make a difference to the world, is based on a book by Peter Reynolds called  “The Dot”.  It traces the story of Vashti who refused to believe that she could draw. She drew a blot of dot to make her point, but the next day found that her teacher had placed this dot in a gold frame above her desk. Knowing she could do better than that, Vashti drew many art forms of her dot and encouraged other students to be creative. See a youtube clip of The Dot

Teachers, students and classes all over the world are encouraged to take part in International Dot Day with their own creative projects. Classes at our school will take part in two different projects:-

  1. World Museum Dot Project – students will create a sprite dot using the Paint editor and then sign it. It will be saved and uploaded to the World Dot Gallery together with other dots from around the world.
  2. Dots Around the World Collaborative  by Chrissy Hellier  Students in this project will us an iPad to create their dot. A number of apps have been suggested but my classes will use Doodle Buddy which is free and readily available on their class set of iPads.

See the flickr slideshow of the dots created so far by Grade Prep/Ones (Year 9 students will also be participating.)

How we did it:-

  1. Watched the youtube video on the Dot (as we do not have the book)
  2. Discussed ways of creating dots on Doodle Buddy and the possible need for a plain background. Learnt how to get a plain background
  3. For the scratch dots, we watched the movie, visited the world museum site to see how it will look. Download the image and saved in the school network drive. Students then created their own dots and signed them.


  • simple projects that can be completed in one 50 min lesson
  • The prep/one class were thoroughly engaged creating their dots. The dots can be saved to the camera roll and then emailed to the teacher account for sharing further.
  • Each student has created a completely different dot(s)
  • The dots were shared in a dropbox folder and also uploaded to flickr.
  • Chrissy Hellier was generous with time and has commented on each student dot.
  • Even the older students were highly motivated and took up the challenge
  • Meeting and linking up with others who were involved
  • Skype videoconference linkup with Chrissy’s class in Bangkok

Are you taking part in International Dot Day? What suggestions would you have to celebrate this day?

Many people ask where they get started in connecting with others. Projects like these are very simple but give a great introduction to the power of technology.