For Teachers and Parents
What is Dodoland in Cyberspace?
Each activity area is reinforcing the themes
of being "creative and imaginative" which is
the main focus of "Journey to Dodoland" and "to love
and protect the earth" which is the theme of "Magical
Earth Secret" and teachings for "happiness & health" which is the theme of "Miracle Galaxy" in the Castle.
Dodoland in Cyberspace is an interactive play and learning
centre for children on the internet.
Six Activity Pods.
||to meet authors,artists, and environmentalists
||is a creative centre where kids be inspired and learn imaginative activities
as well as featuring art, it has travel,and festivals.
|| is an eco-centre - be inspired, learn & share in environmental
activities- cross curriculum.
||is a story centre, coloring area, and shows signing for the hearing impaired.
||is a values centre with Angel rooms to share values, wishes, solutions, and feel happiness and health.
||is place to learn about Dodoland, the
creators, history and music.
Rationale for the site
Dodo Land in Cyberspace is to show, the power
of art and writing, (can be extended to music, movement,
drama or I.T. ) in developing children's self esteem, creativity
and ability to confront environmental problems. When we
have new knowlege about the environment- pollution problems
and solutions - new choices are made. When we look at
nature and recognize the beauty and the cycles, we want
to take care of it. When artistic activities in art, writing,
drama music and creative I.T. projects are done, it can convey a message that
can influence people to make changes to their own individual
development and to help the earth be healthy. Both may
be accomplished together. Creativity, care for the earth, and values
for health and happiness are emphasized.
1. To help develop a creative and
diverse approach in expressing feelings.
2. To gain self esteem and confidence.
3. To realize personal importance
in helping the environment.
4. To gain knowlege about environmental
issues and the world.
5. And to achieve satisfaction in
sharing in interactivity and participation.
6. To learn values for health and happiness.
1) It is people based-every person has
a unique response. This helps develop self confidence.
Children who feel confident are more likely to work
cooperatively with others. Reaching out to children
in other places helps build confidence.The stories are global and are multi-cultural and can be multi-ligua.l
2) It is perceptual, emphasizing the
children's ability to be sensitive and respond with
feelings about themselves, others and the environment.
Increased perceptual awareness brings about a greater understanding and a
desire to care for the environment.
3) It is interdisciplinary. We have
designed the site to have various curriculum area crossovers.
Art often leads to writing, and then to music drama and I.T. Many projects start with scientific
knowledge or research. As curriculm areas overlap, and
in the process of coordinated expression, understanding
Dodoland in Cyberspace has been mainly
conceptualized and designed by Della Burford and Dale
Bertrand. It is based around four books, "Journey
to Dodo Land", published 1977
- second edition 2007 and 9"Dodoland Adventures",
"Magical Earth Secrets", published 1990 and
Activity Guide", published in 1992, and
"Miracle Galaxy"published in 2009- these books are collaborations by Della and Dale.
The first issue was launched with the
help of many people at the Swiftsure project which was
a Canadian and British Columbian funded project. Dave
Godfrey and Ivan Sinclair's knowledge was
invaluable in the development. Marilyn Bowering's initial interest was appreciated.
Glen Burford's continued technical support
is greatly appreciated. Each new page requires designing,
writing, researching, photographing, scanning, and computer
work. Most of this has been done by Della and Dale.
Josh Ardnt helped with ideas in development
at one stage. In 1997 some angel friends gave assistance. Thanks again.
The Creators of Dodoland in Cyberspace
Della Burford is a visionary artist
and author and her paintings have been in her 7 books.She also paints watercolors and acylics paintings. She has her Bachelor of Education so often thinks of educational applications of her works. . Journey to Dodo
Land was performed for over seven years By Imaginations Unlimited to 100,000 children
in many places including New York, Gautemala, California
and Italy. Della toured to 30 schools a year for 20 years leading
creative writing and art workshopsas an Inner City Angel artist. She is availabe for storytelling and workshops.
Dale Bertrand is an author, illustrator,
photographer, teacher and computer web author. He has
photographed in Wales, Cornwall, Ireland, Japan, India, Hawaii, Gautemala,
Peru, Mexico and Thailand. He keeps busy trying to keep abreast
with various new internet languages with the aim of
incorporating many of the newest products so we may
be able to produce a truly multimedia, interactive,
creative site for children. Della and Dale and all other that helped have maintained the site as an act of love for the project and children of the world.
Chris Martin has been doing the
coding and designing of the new Dodoland web-site. His
creativity is greatly appreciated. His coding skills were essential
in the development to a new site. Thanks so much.
Thank you to everyone that has helped out!