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Dot Day: Ask your students to make a mark!

My dear, very smart, and seriously good friend Angela Maiers asked me to help spread the news about Dot Day.  I am happy to oblige and I hope that you will join in spreading the word as well about a project that asks students to make their mark.

Angela shares:

Every year on September 15, innovative educators around the world celebrate International Dot Day by making time to encourage their students’ creativity and genius potential.

Inspired by Peter H. Reynolds treasured story, The Dot, students are encouraged to make their mark by starting simply with a dot and then seeing where that dot takes you.

I am especially looking forward to this year’s event. I have partnered with Peter and the amazing team at FableVision in an effort to connect like-minded educators willing to share their passions and talent with one another across the larger world community.

Over 350,000 educators and students have registered so far for International Dot Day and have signed up to share their stories with one another using the Skype in The Classroom Network. It is awe-inspiring to see children, teachers, leaders and entire communities representing all 50 states and spanning 6 continents join together to let one another know how much they matter to the world.

And, this is a perfect time to issue a challenge to all the worldchangers and leaders in your community to Make Their Mark and Make it Matter.

There is still time to participate so please join us:

  • Visit to learn more about International Dot Day, activity suggestions, resources, a global map showing participants and a peek at the dots being created by celebrities.

Make sure that you get registered on the Skype In The Classroom Network. We will be using the SITC platform as a way to enable  teachers participating from around the world a way to find and connect with one another. (if you already have a Skype account you can login with the same details. If you don’t have a Skype account already, you can create one here.)

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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