Your Guide to Hands-on Learning at 2017 Christa MacAuliffe Technology Conference 

STEAM-powered maker tools, projects, and inspiration for activated storytelling will transform the Webster Room at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference (Nov. 28-Nov. 30) into a safe, low-stress, high-fun creativity playground.

Join the FableVision Learning and Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning & Creativity teams as they share their tools and tips from the classroom, library, and beyond.

There will be five different sessions to get hands on with the Creativity Maker Suite of products, learn about grant opportunities, and become inspired to create bravely in and out of school! 

Create an Easy, Affordable Makerspace with Fab@School
What: From kindergarten to high school, discover how schools, libraries, and programs around the country have used Fab@School Maker Studio to create practical, affordable makerspaces using paper, cardstock, and inexpensive digital fabricators. Get hands-on with the digital prototyping program and learn more about grant opportunities to fund YOUR makerspace
When: Tuesday 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday 12 p.m. ; Thursday 10 a.m.

Create Bravely: Creative Self-Design for a Purposeful Life
What: Join FableVision/Reynolds Center co-founder, Paul Reynolds, for a session designed for educators of all levels. Paul Reynolds shares approaches to using storytelling to foster both growth mindset and the courage needed to foster self-directed, creative, and purposeful life journeys.

Attendees have a chance to win signed, personalized copies of his 4Cs/STEAM storybooks Going Places and Sydney & Simon, as well as a Create Bravely T-shirt designed by Peter H. Reynolds (The DotIshSky Color). All participants receive a free Create Bravely poster.
When: Tuesday 12 p.m.; Wednesday 10:30 a.m.

Making Makerspaces Meaningful
What: Join Leo Brehm, Reynolds Center board member, as he shares strategies to realize the full potential of your makerspace.  As a career school CIO for public schools in Massachusetts for over 21 years, Leo has supported education in a variety of roles including a technology support specialist, instructional technology specialist, network administrator, director of technology, and adjunct professor in four districts and higher education. Currently he serves as the Learning Evolution Officer for Central Mass Collaborative providing innovative solutions to forty plus districts and 80-100k students.  As the Director of Digital Learning for the Massachusetts Virtual Academy, he is focused on reinventing the virtual program into a personalized experience. Leo shares his experiences on how to shape your makerspace to nurture meaningful learning.
When: Tuesday 1:30 p.m.

Activated Storytelling for Transformational Learning
What: Story remains one of the most powerful technologies for causing learning.  Creative educators are especially adept at leveraging stories for enduring and transformational learning.  Come learn how one teacher in Iowa used The Dot book by Peter H. Reynolds to encourage over 10 million teachers, librarians, and students in 170 countries to “make their mark” on the world using their creativity & bravery.  Attendees explore a host of constructionist edtech tools and learn about inspiring teachers using Peter H. Reynolds’ message books for purpose-based learning, growth mindset, and positive social change.  Along with practical free resources to bring back to one’s school or library, attendees have a chance to win signed, personalized copies of Reynolds books and prints!  
When: Tuesday 3:15; Wednesday 1:30

Paper Prototyping Bootcamp for STEAM-Powered Learning
What: Want to introduce students to digital fabrication and STEAM to your classroom or library? This workshop provides hands-on opportunities for getting comfortable with easy, paper-based digital design and fabrication software tools. Participants experience the benefits of rapid paper prototyping, which allows for quick cycles of testing and iterative design enhancements - especially helpful within limited class periods. Explore research-based best practices, appropriate to get all students (PreK-12) designing and creating.
When: Wednesday 3:15, Thursday 11:30

Peter H. Reynolds to Be Honored with the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

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The Boy Scouts of America and National Eagle Scout Association have announced that FableVision founder and renowned children’s book author/Illustrator, Peter H. Reynolds, is being honored with the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (DESA)

The award ushers Reynolds into an elite cadre of fellow Distinguished Eagle Scouts, which includes political, business and creative luminaries such as President Gerald R. Ford, Neil Armstrong, Steve Fosset, Gov. Dukakis, James Lovell, Sam Walton, James Brady, William Hanna, J. W. Marriott Jr., and Steven Spielberg.  

Reynolds earned the award for his “extraordinary national eminence in his field, as well as his strong record of voluntary community service.”

In addition to writing and illustrating nearly 50 influential children’s books (his most famous book The Dot has been published in over 30 languages, and is celebrated each year in a global event called International Dot Day, which has reached over 10 million students and teachers in 170 Countries), Peter H. Reynolds also founded FableVision Studios to help fosters creativity and self-expression and move the world to a better place through “stories that matter, stories that move.”

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“As a quirky, creative kid, scouting gave me a safe, supportive environment where I could develop my skills, talents, strengths and leadership,” Peter shared. “I really can credit the Scouting program for giving me the confidence to pursue my dreams, which is why I’m so happy to see so many supporting these critical programs for boy – and now girls. Every child deserves this kind of solid foundation to help them navigate their future success.”

FableVision will proudly cheer our creative champion as The Boy Scout of America Spirit of Adventure Council present the award to Peter at the 41st annual “Salute to Scouting” gala at The Westin Copley Place.

WCVB TV Anchor Randy Price, himself an Eagle Scout, will serve as master of ceremonies.  This signature Boston event attracts hundreds of scouting supporters, including business and civic leaders who aim to expand Boy Scout youth development programs throughout the Greater Boston area.

41st Annual Salute to Scouting

When: Thursday, November 30th at 6 p.m.

Where: The Westin Copley Place

Register to attend!

Paul Reynolds to Participate in Universal Children’s Day at Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater State University's College of Education & Allied Studies, in collaboration with the Childhood Studies Minor Program and other academic and administrative departments on campus, is conducting a daylong celebration of the United Nations’ Universal Children’s Day on Friday, Nov. 3. This year’s theme of "Empowering students to improve the world" utilizes the problem/project-based learning of Design Thinking.

Close to 250 regional children will visit campus for an inspirational reading by award-winning picture book author Paul A. Reynolds (Going Places).

Meet the Reynolds Center Team at MassCue

The Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning, & Creativity team is thrilled to be exhibiting in the nonprofit area at the 2017 MassCUE and M.A.S.S. Annual Technology Conference.

Join us Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. ; and Thursday, Oct. 26, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Gillette Stadium, 1 Patriot Pl, Foxborough, MA 02035

The Reynolds Center will be showcasing highlights from its MaSTEM initiative launched early 2017. Thanks to generous funding from the Cisco Foundation, the MaSTEM initiative includes 34 sites, from Boston to the Berkshires, bringing meaningful STEM education to low-income, high needs districts.

Schools participating in MaSTEM, received software, hardware, and professional development on Fab@School Maker Studio.  Fab@School Maker Studio provides robust tools for teaching digital fabrication and desktop manufacturing. Through the online-program, elementary and middle school students can make, test, and revise 2D designs, pop-ups, 3D objects, and working machines as they learn STEM concepts in a meaningful context. Learn more about the program, here

Stop by the booth to get hands-on experience with Fab@School, and learn about our other grant programs.


"Connecting the Dots" Across Massachusetts to Support K-8 STEM Teaching & Learning

When: Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 1:30-2:25 p.m.
Where: Red79
More Info Here.

Meet Paul Reynolds and learn how several high-performing nonprofits “connected the dots” through a Mass.-based education innovation cluster to accelerate more engaging STEM learning with younger students (K-8), and are building grant-funded opportunities to bring the Fab@School Maker Studio digital design and fabrication STEM program into districts across the state.  

 Boston-based Reynolds Center, and its K-12 educational software partner FableVision Learning, will share how it has built a growing national network around the Fab@School Maker Studio digital design and fabrication STEM learning program for K-8 teachers and students.  With funding from Cisco Foundation and by partnering with United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and BoSTEM program partners, Fab@School is now being deployed here across the commonwealth as the Fab@School MaSTEM program.

Not only is Fab@School fully aligned to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, it specifically supports the 2016 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Curriculum Framework.  The Reynolds Center will also share information about a national partnership which offers match grant funds to Massachusetts schools.  The Fab@School Match Grant is offered by mindSpark Learning and supported through the Morgridge Family Foundation.  Attendees will be provided information on how to apply for the grant. 


Book Signing with Peter H. Reynolds

When: Thursday, Oct. 26, at 11:15 a.m.
Where: Reynolds Center booth (NP-8)

New York Times best-selling author illustrator will be at the Reynolds Center booth (NP-8) on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 11:15 a.m. to sign books. During that time, 30% of all book sales will benefit the Reynolds Center STEAM initiatives.  

Classroom Spotlight: Dammam, Saudi Arabia Makes its Mark on Dot Day

On Sept. 16, Nouf Arar Aldossary a 7th and 8th grade math teacher in Dammam, Saudi Arabia celebrated International Dot Day. For Nouf, it was a special celebration.

“Dot Day 2017 is a special day for me for two reasons” Nouf said. “First: It is the first Dot Day I celebrated. Second: It is the last days for me in The Sixteenth Intermediate School in Dammam. I will be moving to teach in a small village for primary school - a new community, a new school level, a new life!”

The school joined over 10 million dot makers in 170 countries for International Dot Day, a truly global celebration of creativity and courage. To learn more about Dot Day, celebrated every Sept. 15-ish, click here.  

We were excited to connect the dots with Nouf to learn more about the school’s first Dot Day celebration. Read on!

How did you bring the Dot Day experience to the classroom?

I gave 7th graders worksheets with a circle divided to 4 sectors, and told them to make their mark - just begin with dot and see where will take you.

For 8th graders, I gave them a large amount of colorful magnetic circles (400 pieces), and asked them to design a creative artwork on the whiteboard.

Then, students asked me to continue to celebrate Dot Day on the next Sunday Sept. 24; to celebrate the national day of  Saudi Arabia (it was on Friday 23 September 2017). They put a black magnetic circle on the whiteboard, then put the green magnetic circles surrounded by white circles, and put colorful magnetic circles around it. They mean that Mecca (black circle) is the heart of Saudi Arabia (white and green circles), and Saudi Arabia is the heart of the Arab and Islamic worlds (colorful circles), the investment powerhouse, and the hub connecting three continents, which align with 2030 vision. We spent another 3 hours to complete the creative art work. The students and I are so proud of our work!

How did you use Dot Day themes in your mathematics teaching? 

When I introduced  Dot Day to students, I first asked the students: “In mathematics, what does a dot mean? Is it an important concept?”

They said that a dot is so important in mathematics because everything consists of a dot. A straight line can be drawn between any two dots ( Euclid's elements).

Then I asked them: “what about life? is the dot an important symbol in our life?” they said that the dot refers to the beginning of everything, the beginning of success, the beginning of creativity, the beginning of our journey into life.

Who or what inspires you to make your mark every day?

Because a dot of blood saves a human, a dot of water quenches thirst, and a dot on the letter gives meaning to the word; so the dot deserves to be celebrated. It inspired me and inspired my students to make our mark in our community. In future, I will do another Dot Day with students in grade 1 and grade 3 in the new school to inspire me to a new happy life.

How did you Make Your Mark on Dot Day?

We love seeing all the Dot activity on social media! Continue to share your #DotDay celebration with by using the #DotDay and #MakeYourMark

If you would like to be featured on our blog, send us a message: info@fablevisionlearning.com

2017 Dot Day Newsmakers

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On September 15-ish, over 10 million people in 170 different countries celebrated International Dot Day. A celebration of creativity, courage, and compassion, Dot Day encourages everyone to #MakeYourMark - so it comes as no surprise that many Dot Day celebrations ended up making their mark in the news! Here’s a peek at the newsworthy Dot Day celebrations around the world.

Akron Public Schools on Akron.com

In Ohio, students in Akron public schools made their mark by raising money to benefit victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in partnership with local chapters of the American Red Cross as part of International Dot Day. Students earned money through their own efforts, taking responsibility for running lemonade stands, walking dogs, weeding gardens, and more!

Make Your Mark on Cozad Award on Lexch.com

The Wilson Public Library in Cozad, Nebraska, awarded their annual Make Your Mark on Cozad Award to Ila Davenport and her late husband Gerald Davenport. The Make Your Mark on Cozad Award, presented as a part of the Wilson Public Library’s Dot Day celebration, recognizes Cozad community members who are active supporters of Cozad, its library, and the arts. Congratulations to the Davenports - talk about making your mark!

NIFT-TEA College of Knitwear Fashion in The Hindu

Students at the NIFT-TEA College of Knitwear Fashion in the Kongu Nadu region of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu designed colorful clothing, wall hangings, and decorated bottles based on a Dot Day theme of dots! Up to 202 students worked on their designs over the course of four days until they were finally displayed by students on the college campus in a dot formation. More beautiful photos of the NIFT-TEA students' Dot Day masterpieces can be found here.

Szczecin's Elementary School no. 7 on Głos Szczeciński 24

Students in Szczecin, Poland’s Elementary School no. 7 decorated little trees together for Dot Day, using a variety of materials from paper dots to yarn! This is the school’s third year in a row celebrating Dot Day and these little trees can now be seen brightening up the school’s hallway.

Porter Elementary School in The Daily Times

The Porter Elementary School in Tennessee celebrated Dot Day school-wide - from the classroom to the cafeteria! Students learned Braille, dot balloons floated around the school, and even the cafeteria had a round-food themed menu.

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Westfield Area YMCA on Tap Into Westfield

In New Jersey, children from the Westfield Area YMCA Early Learning programs read The Dot and engaged in fun activities such as creating their own paint and paper dots, playing Twister, and participating in a scavenger hunt for dots!

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Ready to join in on the International Dot Day media frenzy? Register at The Dot Club if you're still celebrating Dot Day this year or to prepare for next year, and share your mark across social media with #MakeYourMark and #DotDay. You can also stay connected on Twitter @DotClubConnect and Facebook

A Special Dot Day Message from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has a special message to the students and teachers at Russell Elementary School in Dorchester, MA, as well as to the other nearly 10 million celebrating #DotDay in 169 countries!

How are you making your mark this #DotDay? Sign up for a FREE Dot Day guide & resources

Dot Day 2017 in Pictures 

Paul and Peter H. Reynolds joined the students at the Russell Elementary School for an amazing Dot Day Celebration. Here are a few of the highlights: 

Join the Fab@School Maker Studio Fall Summit at Central Mass Collaborative

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join the teams from the Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning and Creativity, FableVision Learning, and the Central Mass Collaborative for a Fall FabMaker Summit on Oct. 11, from 11 to 2 p.m.

The free hands-on session, from 10:30-2 p.m. will be held at the Central Mass Collaborative and is limited to 50 participants.

Attendees will enjoy an engaging agenda packed with inspiration, storytelling, and hands-on learning of the Fab@School online software tools and grant opportunities.

Fab@School Maker Studio is an easy-to-use, web-based design and fabrication tool that invites students in grades PreK-8 to experience STEM and STEAM learning in a more engaging, personally meaningful way. This program is a part of the national Fab@School research initiative and is committed to championing equity and access to quality maker education.

With low-cost materials like paper, cardstock or cardboard and a wide range of tools from scissors to inexpensive 2D cutters, 3D printers and laser cutters, students can use Fab@School Maker Studio to design, invent, and build their own geometric constructions and working machines. 

Registration is required, please register here

Peter H. Reynolds and The Dot Rolls Into Dorchester on Sept. 15

On Friday, Sept. 15, millions of people in 169 countries will celebrate International Dot Day, and among them will be students and faculty members at William E. Russell Elementary School in Dorchester, Massachusetts — a historic neighborhood of Boston known locally as “Dot.”

Inspired by Peter H. Reynolds’s acclaimed picture book The Dot, in 2009 Iowa educator Terry Shay and his students decided to celebrate creativity and courage on Sept. 15. The Dot is the heartwarming story of a perceptive and caring teacher and a reluctant student who thinks she can’t draw. Vashti’s teacher encourages her to trust in her own abilities and be brave enough to “just make a mark and see where it takes you.”

Exploring the themes of creativity, bravery, and self-expression, The Dot has been translated into many languages, including Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, French, Spanish, and even braille. Since International Dot Day’s founding, over 9.5 million educators, schoolchildren, celebrities, and everyday readers have spread Reynolds’s message by creating their own dots and sharing them via PinterestTwitter, and classroom walls, among other outlets.

This year, Reynolds himself will celebrate Dot Day at Russell Elementary School with 375 students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

“Picture books can change lives, and The Dot is doing it around the world with children and adults who are being encouraged to make their mark. We’re proud to be able to take care of these awesome students right here in our own backyard,” said Karen Lotz, president of Candlewick Press, the publisher of The Dot.

Reynolds is expected to be joined by Boston Public Schools Superintendent of Schools, Tommy Chang. The guests will tour the school and enjoy presentations of the students’ work.

"We are very grateful for the gift of literacy, which Peter is providing to our students," said Russell Elementary Principal Tamara Blake-Canty. "We are incredibly proud of the rigorous academic scholarship we pursue at the Russell, and celebrating International Dot Day here not only gives us another occasion to highlight our students’ pursuits, it also fuels our teachers’ and students’ ingenuity to reach further heights."

Reynolds says he is especially pleased to be sharing his message in Dorchester, Boston’s largest neighborhood, often locally referred to as “Dot.”

“I like to choose a significant physical location to celebrate Dot Day each year,” Reynolds explains. “Besides, its an awesome nickname. Dorchester is just minutes from my educational media studio based in Boston’s Innovation District, where I hope Russell Elementary School students will one day be using their creativity to make their mark as innovators in tomorrow’s workforce.”

The Dot Day Celebration Continues

Where: at the Blue Bunny Bookstore in Dedham, Massachusetts
When: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Children and adults can stop by to create their own DOTS! (Paper and art supplies provided)

  • Enter to win a Dot Day basket, drawing at 6 p.m. – you do not have to be present to win!
  • The first 50 people who purchase The Dot book get an art supply goody bag.
  • Dot cookies by Ginger Betty and Dot Chocolate will be available for sale.
  • Peter H. Reynolds joins the festivities in the afternoon.

Make Your Mark

#DotDay is right around the diameter (because dots don’t have corners). Sept. 15th is the day to celebrate. If you haven’t done so yet, register, and join the growing community and share your mark using #MakeYourMark and #DotDay!

Travel around the World on Dot Day

This blog post was written by Adrienne Poon, FableVision Learning Marketing Intern.

One of the best things about International Dot Day is just how international it truly is! Over 9 million people across 169 different countries have already registered their Dot Day participation, making it a truly global celebration of creativity, courage, and collaboration. In the spirit of this global International Dot Day community, here’s a sampling of ideas from around the world for how to #MakeYourMark.


Nepal

To kick off this International Dot Day tour, here’s a video of a small group of Nepalese students wishing you a happy Dot Day on the International Dot Day Facebook page!

United Kingdom

Dot Day love is palpable. Our friends in England at the Lammas Independent School know how to celebrate.

Poland

Now take a look at one of the most dot-happy countries in the world! Poland absolutely loves International Dot Day - there is an entire Polish blog dedicated to Dot Day, which includes a very populated map of Polish schools participating in Dot Day this year. These photos are from a school in Studzionka, which celebrated with painted dots, Quiver dots, and even dotty photoshoots! Poland even has their own Dot Day song, with an impressive accordion cover by Michał Sawicki.

Denmark

Students in Denmark also celebrated Dot Day, creating vibrant dots in all colors, sizes, and mediums with their art teacher Tatjana Knudsen.

Lithuania

In nearby Lithuania, Kedainiai special school students celebrated Dot Day last year by creating dots with markers, collage, and more!

Canada

Not be outdone on the other side of the Atlantic, the Summerside Rotary Library of Prince Edward Island is preparing a special 2017 Dot Day Family Storytime and is inviting every visitor to make their mark through stories, drawings, and a community painting!

Puerto Rico

Further south, students at the Academia San Jorge in Puerto Rico celebrated Dot Day in their computers class. This video not only shows off the students’ drawn dots, but it also includes photographs they took related to dots!

Dominican Republic

In Santo Domingo, Pekepolis EduPark hosted a Dot Day bonanza with artists, a storytime, and a medley of dot-making materials available for everyone to make their mark!

Italy

Back in Europe at Atelierstorytime’s school in Milan, students celebrated Dot Day with fun activities that also reinforced their English language skills through learning numbers, sizes, colors, and action verbs! This year, they will be celebrating Dot Day again with a storytime and workshop.

Spain

Teacher and pedagogical advisor Jenny Silvente painted dots in Spain - but not with paintbrushes. Instead, she used spin painting and elbow grease!

Invited by Jenny Silvente to participate in Dot Day and also located in Spain, promoter of play Yessica used many tiny bead dots to make a single big dot in yet another creative example of how to make your mark!

Malaysia

Across an entire continent over in Malaysia, Tadika Impian Kita had a wonderful Dot Day celebration full of classroom activities - and they uploaded video to share with all of you! 

Indonesia

Last but not least, from the jungles of Borneo, here's a video of a large group of creative students wishing everyone a happy International Dot Day!

Ready to join in on the international fun? If you haven’t already, register at The Dot Club and share your mark across social media with #MakeYourMark and #DotDay. Stay connected on twitter @DotClubConnect and Facebook