This Week’s Theme – Make Your Mark (Celebrate Dot Day)
This is a very special edition of the ICATS Photo Challenge. This week classrooms across the world are celebrating International Dot Day, a day inspired by Peter H. Reynolds’ classic book, The Dot. In Reynolds’ own words, “The Dot is about getting started — getting ‘un-stuck.’ It is also about creative teaching, about exploring an idea in many ways, and sharing our gifts with others.” Our challenge this week, then, is to share through photos the various ways that we can honor the spirit of The Dot.
What you share this week could take many forms. If you are celebrating Dot Day this week, we would love to see pictures of how you and your students made your marks. Show us your Dot Day process and projects. Show us the signed work of your genius students. And show us your own “dots” as well. And remember to sign your works as well. If you are looking for Dot Day classroom ideas and resources, look below. We’ve collected some great resources to get you started.
Even if you aren’t actively celebrating Dot Day this week, we invite you to make your mark creatively and proudly, and share with us the results. Show us how courage, creativity, and your unique perspective combine to make a difference in teaching and learning in your classrooms and schools. Show us how you inspire others to explore and share their talents. This is a powerful part of our #EVSCstory!
NOTE: You absolutely DO NOT have to match the theme to share a picture with us. Feel free to share any photo that helps us tell the #EVSCstory at ANY time.
This image was created using several mobile apps, web tools, and programs. The dot was created using the Zen Artist App. The dot image was then imported into various effects in PhotoFunia. The resulting photos were cropped in Canva, and one was enhanced using Pixlr. Then all were imported into BeFunky and made into the collage you see here. If you would like to know more about these tools or digital photo editing, contact the ICATS.
About International Dot Day
International Dot Day is a celebration inspired by the classic children’s book, The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds that takes place this year on September 15th. If you are unfamiliar with The Dot, the video below can get you up to speed:
If you are interested in ways that you can celebrate Dot Day in your classroom, check out these links:
- Official Dot Day Site
- Dot Day: Making a Mark
- Dot Day: Resources
- Dot Day: Community
- Dot Day Gallery
- Fablevision Website
- Candlewick Class Guide
- Dot Day Facebook Page
- Dot Day Pinterest Board
How to Share Your Photos
There are four ways that you can share the photos that you take with us:
- You can share via Instagram- Simply post your Instagram photos using the hashtag #EVSCstory. Feel free to add other hashtags as well to indicate the theme (e.g. #DotDay, #MakeYourMark), or add more information to the caption to help tell the story.
- You can share via Twitter- Post your photos to Twitter using the hashtag #EVSCstory. Again, we invite you to add other hashtags, including some of our EVSC hashtags like #evscchat. You can also include our Twitter handle (@evscicats) to ensure we see your pictures as soon as you post.
- You can share via Facebook- Visit our ICATS Facebook page, click the Message button in the upper-right corner, and in the text of the message give us your name, school, and the theme for the week. Be sure to attach the photo by clicking the Add Files button. While you are there, we’d love it if you liked our page :)
- You can share via email- If social media isn’t your thing, feel free to share your photos directly with us through email. Just attach your photos to an email and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Check Out the Photos
After each week’s challenge, we will post a link to the archive of the week’s photos here. Follow the link, and enjoy the story that unfolds!
As always, thank you to those of you who have been sharing your #EVSCstory with us. Each photo is a great reminder of the important work that educators and learners do everyday. We have collected more than 250 photos since the beginning of this year’s Photo Challenge. Please continue to share your story and continue to encourage others to share theirs!