Video Release for 10th Anniversary Tribute to “The Dot”

Thank you so much to the teachers and students who participated in the special 10th Anniversary “Dots Around the World” project.  The Dot by Peter Reynolds is such an inspirational story (as are many of his stories!)but The Dot is one of my all time favourites.

I’m only sorry that this video didn’t get published on the official 10th anniversary of the dot. The best laid plans can often go awry in technology and everything that could go wrong, went wrong! Perseverance, patience and faith in some very clever technicians has, at last, paid off.
Thank you all for being so very, very patient with the unforeseen technical difficulties that arose trying to complete this final video. The completed video is finally embedded below.

The Dot – Special 10th Anniversary Collaborative Project Tribute!

Update:  Thank you to the teachers and students who participated in the special 10th Anniversary “Dots Around the World” project.  Please be patient – some unforeseen technical difficulties have arisen – your dots have been received and the video is ready to upload – I just didn’t imagine that I would move and be without enough internet access to upload the video to YouTube. I’m working on it – and hopefully the video will be accessible very, very shortly!

Remember this last year?

Collaborating and creating dots with teachers and students around the world was a blast last year and I want to do it again – but with a twist!

This year is the 10th Anniversary of Peter Reynold’s book “The Dot” and I’d like to incorporate that into this year’s Dots Around the World Collaborative Project! There is an official dot day – September 15th – so I’d like to release the completed video on this date. That means that there has to be a submission deadline: Friday, September 13th.

Important Difference (from last year)
This year’s video will have a theme:  Ten
Please, please make sure that your dots have something to do with 10 – otherwise I can’t include them in this special tribute to Peter Reynold’s 10th Anniversary of “The Dot”
Possible ideas (and any others that you can think of!!) include:

  • Create the number 10 in dots (could be a whole class/group effort or individual)
  • Create a picture only using 10 dots
  • Spell out the word “ten” in dots
  • Select your ten best dots from the class

 

What do you need?
An iPad (or more if you have them) and time (time for your students to create their dot pictures using any ipad app you wish – I’m thinking the more different apps we use the more versatile we can show the iPads art capabilities).  I was also thinking that iTouches or even the teacher’s iPhone would be ok to use as well if you don’t have iPads.

Possible iPad apps to Use (but you are certainly not limited to these ones!)
Doodle Buddy (free)  Inkflow (free)  Drawing Box (free) Draw (free)
Procreate (4.99)  MyBrushes (1.99) Drawing Pad (1.99)

Tech Spectacular Extra – I’d really love more of these this year! (It’s easier than it sounds)
Educreations,(free) ShowMe,(free) ScreenChomp, (free) Explain Everything (2.99). These iPad apps would be cool to use if you are willing to choose ten students to record the actual drawing of their dots – I’d speed it up for the final Video)  Please let me know directly if you would like to do this piece as well. Last year we used DoodleCast Pro (it costs, but it’s brilliant and definitely worth it and I used it all the time for our Grade 3 Student ePortfolios!)
MyBrushes (1.99) also records as you are drawing and saves to your camera roll – then you can email it to me.

Very Important:
Please include student name (first name only) and the app used to create the dot on the image.  See link below for an example : http://www.flickr.com/photos/teachingsagittarian/7920592790/in/pool-2114863@N22

How do we get the Dot drawings to you?
There are several different ways to get your dots to me before the 13 September deadline:

Dropbox / Box net
If you’re a dropbox/box net user – simply let me know in the table below and I will share you in on a special folder for dropping your images in.  This really is the BEST way to get your video/image files to me.

Flickr
I’ve set up a flickr group called 10th Anniversary “The Dot” Collaboration Project 2013.  If you join our project simply upload your photos to this group if you are a flickr member already. (it’s a public group – no need to join, just add your photos).  Short videos can also be posted here as well.

Email
Or you can just email your dots to me (or better still have your kids email their finished dot straight from the iPad if you have it set up)

TimeFrame
Ah, the all important time frame!  All dots to be included in the video need to be in dropbox, box net, flickr or sent via email by Friday 13 September – so that the video can be ready for release on Sunday 15th September.
This deadline will be strictly adhered to!

Can anyone think of anything I’ve forgotten?

Still interested?
Please click this link to the 10th Anniversary: Dots Around the World Spreadsheet to help me keep track of who’s taking part and how you’re going to get your images to me!

Please feel free to invite anyone you think might like to join in!
Can’t wait to see what happens this year.  Get creating!!

Dots Around the World

The response to an idea I had while watching this movie, was amazing. When I pitched the idea to my 3rd Grade students, they were more than willing to help spread the idea and get some other classrooms to collaborate in our Dots Around the World global collaborative project.  You can check out how we did that in our post Dotting Ourselves Around the World.

And it worked! We managed to dot ourselves around the world – literally! 17 countries, over 30 classes ranging from PreK to Year 11. Each and every dot made us smile – I hope it makes you smile too! Happy International Dot Day everyone!

Many, many thanks to the teachers who signed up, took part with their iPads and their students and got their dots in! You can see everyone who was involved in the credits at the end of the final video.

If you are interested in how the whole global project was put together, you can read our Dots Around the World Collaborative Project post.

Dots Around the World! (Updated: Version 3)

sample of Dots Around the World from Room 207

Dots Around the World Collaborative Project

My students and I would like to organise a collaborative project – and use our iPads in class at the same time.  We have 3 iPads in our class right now – all provided by me, not the school.  If you have access to at least one iPad for your class (or an iTouch) and you’d like to take part in a collaborative video – please read on …

Inspiration

The inspiration for this collaborative project came from this video (Mr. Colosi’s First Grade Class) posted by Lucy Gray on Google+ last week. Their inspiration came from Peter Reynold’s book “The Dot”

There is an official dot day – September 15th.  I’d like to extend this video idea to Dots Around the World and release the video on September 15th.

What Do You Need?

An iPad (or more if you have them) and time (time for your students to create their dot pictures using any ipad app you wish – I’m thinking the more different apps we use the more versatile we can show the iPads art capabilities).  I was also thinking that iTouches would be ok to use as well if you don’t have iPads.

Possible Apps to Use

You are certainly not limited to just these ones – but here’s a few suggestions!
Doodle Buddy (free)  Inkflow (free)  Drawing Box (free) Draw (free)
Procreate (4.99)  MyBrushes (1.99) Drawing Pad (1.99)

Optional Extra

These iPad apps shared below are awesome to use if you are willing to choose one or two students to record the actual drawing of their dots (I’ll speed these special recordings up for the final Video). 

EducreationsShowMe, ScreenChomp (sorry, no longer supported), Doodlecast Pro, or Explain Everything  

Please let me know directly (via email) if you would like to do this optional extra part as well.

Very Important

Please include student name and the app used to create the dot on the image.  Click this link to see an example.

How Do We Get The Dot Drawings To You?

There are several different ways to get your dots to me before the 12 September deadline:

Dropbox / Box net
If you’re a dropbox/box net user – simply let me know in the table below and I will share you in on a special folder for dropping your images in

Flickr
I’ve set up a flickr group called Dots Around the World.  If you join our project simply upload your photos to this group if you are a flickr member already. (Request membership & it will be approved).  Short videos can also be posted here as well.

Email
Or you can just email your dots to me (or better still have your kids email their finished dot straight from the iPad if you have it set up)


				

Timeframe

To help meet the release date of September 15th, there is an important timeframe to stick to please!

All dots to be included in the video need to be in dropbox, box net, flickr or sent via email by Wednesday 12 September – so that the video can be ready for release on Saturday 15th September. This date will be strictly adhered to so if your video has not been received by the due date, we won’t be able to include it in the September 15th release!

Can anyone think of anything I’ve forgotten?


				

Still Interested?

Please click this link to the Dots Around the World Spreadsheet to help me keep track of who’s taking part and how you’re going to get your images to me!

Please feel free to invite anyone you think might like to join in!

Update: Link to Finished Project Video


				

2008-2009 KC3 ~ Kids Creating Community Content Contest

Calling New Zealand Middle School Teachers, I received this email in my inbox yesterday.  Unfortunately, as you are aware, I’m no longer teaching Year 7 or teaching in New Zealand, so I told Bev I would pass this onto fellow NZ colleagues.  If you are interested, or know someone who might be interested please follow the link given below.  It sounds like quite a worthwhile project contest.  It made me wish (just for a minute) that I was still in NZ.

I noticed your name on the CILC Collaboration Center and wanted to extend a personal invitation for you to consider participating in the 2008-2009 KC3 ~ Kids Creating Community Content Contest.  KC3 engages middle and high school students in authentic research, presentation skills and use of videoconferencing technology.  The contest is standards based and asks that students look at their community and explore ways to share something unique about their area with other students around the world.  Complete details and project requirements can be found at http://kc3.cilc.org

This might be a great way for students at Taradale Intermediate School to connect with kids from various geographic areas.  Let me know if I can answer any questions you might have.

I encourage you to submit a program as we’d love to have schools from New Zealand participate,
Best regards,
Bev
Bev Mattocks
Consultant / Project Manager
Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC)
Transforming Learning Through Collaborative Technologies

Life ‘Round Here Peer Review

Yesterday afternoon was an afternoon well spent! We projected the Life’RoundHere wiki onto our IWB and watch the 6 movies from our allocated Peer Review School, San Jose Episcopal Day School in Jacksonville, Florida, USA.

First of all, I’d like to say a HUGE thank you to Chris Craft for organizing such an digital-literacy-rich-global project for our students. My students have produced some of their best work during this project and it was a prime opportunity to build on the skills we learnt during our ProjectFeelGood project with Kim Cofino and Mont’Kiara International School in Kuala Lumpur earlier in the year.

Second, Pupils at San Jose Episcopal Day School, your 6 movies were very, very good and it was a pleasure to watch each one.  The decision was an extremely close one and you all deserve a big round of applause for your efforts!

Using the Grading Rubric from Life’RoundHere, we paired up and watched each movie one by one together.  Using the rubric, points were allocated for each area and then added up.  The conversation after each movie was enlightening and most beneficial.  It was encouraging to hear the partners debating the marks to be given and sharing their reasons with each other for the mark they wanted to give.
After all the movies were watched and marks allocated and totaled, we had a quick maths revision on finding averages!  First we added up each pair’s marks for the first movie then divided that by the number of pairs (13) to give us the average mark for that movie.  We then did this for each of the movies.

I’m an advocate of peer review,  and in my opinion it  makes a difference to the quality of work produced by my students.  In a positive and constructive way, students are exposed to what works and what doesn’t and are able to see directly for themselves the impact of certain techniques on digital literacy.

We’ve been involved as peer reviewers for two projects now; The Horizon Project and recently, The Flat Classroom Project headed up by Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay, and whilst it’s been pretty “tough” going for my students – much information to digest in a short space of time – the feedback that they write is very positive about how much they enjoyed learning about media, design and the web.  I’ve certainly seen the influence of being peer reviewers for these two projects in the design and organisation that my class are now involved in for our contribution to Jen Wagner’s Salute to Seuss Project.

Is it worth getting involved in International Global Projects?
Absolutely, without hesitation, take a breath and jump right in!!  It is worth it!

Again Chris, Thanks so much!  This was certainly an imaginative and catchy project, that incorporated skills,  reflection, inspiration, motivation and peer review.  The Peer Review was a very clever way to keep us all involved and to chunk down the judging.  We wait anxiously for the next round results and look forward to the “celebrity judges” decision in the final round!