This year's Dot Day at Northside was filled with students bringing creatively designed dots to life using the 3-D augmented reality app Quiver, creating thumb print dot characters they later built stories around and adding their distinctive mark on our library Makerspace tables. In the past we have had fun getting creative using the 3D app, but this year we brought in a new element. Students experimented using their faces as dots and bringing them into 3D view. Students also looked for other objects around the library to frame in their dot and bring it to life. It was a hit with students and a great way to see how they approached the use of this digital tool. As we made thumbprint dot characters, we modeled our creations after the thumbprint art of Ed Emberly. We explored various examples and visited his website to learn more.
Ms. Ronetta's PreK Students explore 3D Dots
Zarielle's Dot Exploration
What I love about Dot Day is it gives students a chance to explore their creativity and share it with those around them. In an educational arena filled with standards, mandates, and deadlines, it's nice to take one day to simply explore, create, discover and share with others. Our library is now littered with the remnants of this special day as dots line the walls and hang from our windows. A colorful and daily reminder that we can all make a mark on this world even if it starts with one small dot.