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International Dot Day 2016

On-Demand Event

Join Fablevision Author Peter Reynolds, Dot Day Creator Terry Shay and Discovery Education to #CelebrateWithDE for International Dot Day. Streaming from Traer, Iowa where Dot Day began, this event will discuss the origin of Dot Day, showcase how students are celebrating, and hear from author Peter Reynolds about his book, The Dot.

Discuss How Students Can Make Their Mark On The World

Event Information

Our suggested audience for this 40 minute event is grades 1 - 6 although all classrooms are welcome to watch.

How to Watch

The archive of this event is available below. All you will need to view the event is a laptop or computer with an Internet connection and a means of projecting your screen to the classroom.


Join the Discussion

Join the discussion or share pictures of your classroom with us on Twitter @DiscoveryEd with hashtag #CelebrateWithDE.








About Dot Day

Celebrate Creativity, Courage & Collaboration


International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009.

The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.

And each year on International Dot Day – with the help of people just like you –the inspiration continues. What started as a story in the pages of a book is transforming teaching and learning around the world as people of all ages re-discover the power and potential of creativity in all they do.

Objectives and Classroom Activities

Classroom Activities

Make the most of the event with these activities and resources.

Classroom Collaborative Project

Our classroom collaborative projects use a unique, web-based educational platform, GlobalLab, to enable students, teachers, and learners of all ages to pose questions and together find answers. Enhance your experience of the Dot Day celebration by participating in our collaborative project and connect with classrooms around the world.

Make Your Mark
Individuals make their mark every day through the actions they take to help make the lives of others better and transform the world around them. In honor of International Dot Day, students design and create their own dot to demonstrate how they will make their mark on a local, national, or global level.

In this collaborative project, students select an area of service and identify a project they can lead to impact their community. They will also identify positive role models they look to and see who students around the world admire. You can find the collaborative projects under Events and Experiences in our Professional Learning Center accessible from the top navigation once you are logged in.



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