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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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?
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!!
I was just checking the Learning2.012 website for the registration information for this year’s conference at the Western Academy of Beijing (Thursday 11 October – Saturday 13 October) – and discovered that it’s full! Fantastic news! There is, however, a waiting list – click here if you would like to go on the waiting list.
The Learning 2.0 conference is a transformative, challenging experience for all participants; it is the conference that leads the change in education. As a participant, at Learning 2.012, you will attend a variety of sessions including extended workshops from recognized leaders in the region and worldwide, workshops, unconference sessions, and meetings with your cohort group. We want to ensure that the learning continues beyond the conference by facilitating network-building opportunities through conversations which are then extended, sustained and supported online.
The breakdown of sessions looks like this for each participant:
* Two Extended Sessions led by our Learning 2 Leaders (3 – 3.5 hours)
* One Learning 2 Leaders presentation: the big idea in a nutshell
* Two additional workshops or presentations
* Two ‘unconference’ sessions
* Three ‘cohort’ sessions in curriculum/common interest groupings
* Three sets of Learning 2 Talk sessions
I’m very excited about this conference! I love the new format and I haven’t been able to attend Learning2.0 for the past two years. This year I’m one of the Learning 2 Leaders for the strand 1:1 in the Elementary Classroom. Being in the classroom really is my passion and after two years as the Technology & Learning Coach at ISB, I’m pleased to say I’m returning to the classroom to teach Grade 3. I’ve missed being in the classroom very much and can’t wait to get right back into it!
Of course, I’m thrilled to be leading learning alongside old friends and technology greats such as Keri-Lee Beasley, Clint Hamada, Julie Lindsay, Jess McCulloch, Jabiz Raisdana, Dana Watts and Jeff Utecht. It will be fantastic to see them all face to face again – it’s been a while – and I’m looking forward to learning, growing, sharing and laughing with them all again. Whilst Kim Cofino, Simon May and Madeline Brooks aren’t leading any sessions this year – they have been furiously working behind the scenes with organisation – making this conference the best yet! I can’t wait to catch up with them too!
I’m especially excited about FINALLY meeting Chris Betcher face to face – we’ve been like ships passing in the night for several years now, enjoying a PLN friendship for a few years but never actually meeting face to face. Can’t wait!! I’m looking forward to meeting and learning from Dean Shareski and Lucy Gray too – both have featured in my PLN for several years now too.
If you’re registered and going to Learning2.012 in October – see you there! Please come up and say hi – I’d love to talk to you! If you’re interested, get yourself on that waiting list – you just never know!