Digital Wish is on a Mission to Solve Technology Shortfalls in Classrooms!
Digital Wish believes that every child deserves a technology-rich education that will provide them with the skills necessary to excel in the global economy. Every day, Digital Wish develops new online tools and promotions that empower teachers and their supporters to get new technology for their classrooms and enhance learning for our children. With your help, we can provide the resources our schools need to thrive.We invite you to invest in our children's future!Our Story
In 2006, Digital Wish founder Heather Chirtea's 7-year-old twins were enrolled in a small, rural elementary school on the brink of closure. In order to keep the school open and preserve its small class sizes, 62 kids embarked on a letter writing campaign to the local community describing the value of the school and explaining to community members exactly how they could help. In just 3 months, those 62 kids helped raise over $20,000 in donations, in-kind help, and volunteer hours that saved the school. Members of the community reported, "I wanted to help the school, I just didn't know how until the students' letters arrived." It was a powerful lesson. The community was ready to help, but they needed an organized mechanism to do so.
From this experience came the idea for a website to empower teachers to solve their own technology shortfalls by connecting classrooms with their communities using the Internet. A year later, www.digitalwish.org launched with a simple wish list feature and a few technology products. The need for classroom technology was so great that 1,000 teachers posted wishes in the first month. With such high demand, we began the process of turning Digital Wish into an official nonprofit organization.
In September of 2008, Digital Wish officially became a nonprofit and one week later Digital Wish received its first grant to scale operations and rebuild its website to serve the ever-increasing demand from teachers.
Since August 2009, Digital Wish has granted over 24,000 classroom technology wishes and delivered over $10 million in technology products to American classrooms. However, we've still only scratched the surface of the need.Our Research
Behind the scenes, our dedicated staff works in local schools to implement one-computer-per-child initiatives and study the complex process of technology integration in schools. Digital Wish is working to streamline every step in the process of classroom technology integration and craft step-by-step models, useful automation tools, videos, downloadable resources, and instruction so that schools nationwide can replicate the same processes that have been successful in our schools. Students across the 27 local schools we serve are already reporting higher engagement levels in learning. Our Vision
We are striving to make www.digitalwish.org
the most comprehensive technology integration resource for teachers on the internet.Join us and grant a classroom technology wish!
TeachersHow Can Teachers Get New Technology for Their Classrooms?Make a Wish
- Tell your community what you need!
Make a "Wish List" of technology items your classroom needs, then reach out to potential supporters who can buy wish list items or make cash contributions towards the new technology.Get Grants
- Locate new funding sources.
Just by registering on Digital Wish, you are automatically eligible for matching grants like $100 off ELMO document cameras. You can also search for grants from a library of third-party sources or write a lesson plan to apply for a Digital Wish grant.Fundraise
- Start a fundraiser
for classroom technology in just a few minutes.
Build a giving page and recruit supporters for your classroom in a few mouse clicks! Start a recycling drive and earn money towards new technology for your classroom. Get creative ideas for raising money from our fundraising library, or start a letter writing campaign to tell your local community how they can support your classroom.Teaching Resources
- Learn new ways to integrate technology.
Visit the Lesson Plan Library and for a host of creative ideas for integrating technology into your curriculum - all written by teachers, for teachers.Get the Word Out
- Connect with your supporters.Share
Print flyers and tell your community about your wish list needs. You can also email your wish list to friends and family, create and share an online fundraising page, or invite friends to join your cause.Digital Wish provides educators everything they need to solve technology shortfalls in their own classrooms.
SupportersHow Can You Put Technology in Your Favorite Classrooms?
Digital Wish believes that every child deserves a technology-rich education that will provide them with the skills necessary to excel in the global economy.Grant A Wish
Use our simple class locator to browse for your favorite classrooms nationwide and purchase items directly from teachers' wish lists. All purchases ship directly to the schools. We even call the school to verify the educator's status, confirm the shipping address, and ensure that your donation reaches the intended classroom.Donate to a Classroom
Donate funds to your favorite classroom online with the assurance that 100% of your funding will directly benefit the technology program. Educators can spend donated funds on new technology items for their classrooms at checkout. Digital Wish negotiates a constant stream of manufacturers' discounts and matching grants for schools so that your donated dollars go further!Start a Fundraiser
Raise money for your favorite classroom! With just a few mouse clicks, you can create a fundraising page with online credit card processing that allows all of your friends and family to donate money directly to your favorite classroom account. Your Digital Wish fundraising web page can be quickly shared through Facebook, Twitter, and email, and posters can be printed directly from the site. Digital Wish has made recruiting potential supporters and raising money for technology as easy as clicking a button.Spread the Word
Tell your friends, family, and coworkers about Digital Wish and help make a deeper impact in American classrooms.Digital Wish empowers YOU to make classroom technology wishes come true!
PTA / PTOHow Can Your PTA / PTO Support Technology Programs?
Digital Wish makes online fundraising with credit card processing easy!Start an Online Fundraiser for Any Event
Your organization can create an online giving page for any event in less than five minutes, then spread the word through Facebook, Twitter, and email. Any member of your PTA / PTO can set up an online fundraising page in just a few mouse clicks, complete with online credit card processing.Grant More Wishes
Digital Wish works directly with manufacturers to offer special discounts and matching programs that are ONLY available to schools. Double the impact of your fundraising dollars by taking advantage of Digital Wish's special offers, such as a 2-for-1 matching grants on Flip video cameras and Vizit Digital Photo Frames. Simply browse for your favorite classroom and purchase items directly from the teacher's wish list. All manufacturers' discounts and matching programs will be automatically applied at checkout.Recycle Forward
Digital Wish makes it simple for PTA or PTO members to recycle used electronics to raise money for new classroom technology - entirely cost free. Just set up a drop box, print flyers, and let parents know where to drop off their old cell phones, ink cartridges, and other used technology. Shipping labels are free, and the funds are deposited directly into the PTA / PTO Digital Wish account so that you can make more classroom technology wishes come true.Digital Wish empowers PTAs / PTOs to fundraise for classroom technology!