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Digital Wish Now Offers Adobe and Microsoft Products
Posted by Polly Davis at 02:58:11 PM Tue 06/09/2009
Do you have any budding artists in your class who are longing to experiment with Adobe Photoshop®? Are you currently struggling with a prehistoric version of Microsoft Office®? We’ve heard your requests, and we’re happy to announce that Digital Wish now carries a host of Adobe and Microsoft products on our site. So go ahead – make a Digital Wish!

To add Adobe or Microsoft products to your wish list, simply go to the Shopping area of the site, search for the product you want, and click “Add to wish list.” Then send your wish list out to friends, family, and community members (tip: you can email your wish list from your profile page). You’d be surprised how excited people are to help, but they’ll never know how unless you tell them!

Click here to find products to add to your wish list: http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/products

Announcing the Winners of the Inspired Kids Contest…
Posted by Polly Davis at 03:32:09 PM Tue 06/02/2009
Congratulations to the Winners of the Inspired Kids Contest!

It’s that time of year again. With summer break just around the corner, even your most attentive students are staring dreamily out the window. We know that keeping them on task can take all of your energy, which is why we’re even more impressed by all the great submissions we received for our Inspired Kids contest. Congratulations to our grand-prize winner, Barbara Lorson from Hope Elementary School. Her economy-focused lesson plan, “Let’s Make Some Money!” is not only innovative and educational, but also extremely fun. Further congratulations to our runners up, Patrice Clynes, Doedee Trostel-Patton, and Denise Webster, who submitted all-star visual learning ideas. You can check out the grand-prize winning lesson plan here: http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/view_lesson_plans?id=3327

The grand prize winner received a 10-computer license of Kidspiration®, school-wide editions of corresponding lesson plan books, and a 10 megapixel digital camera. Runners up received a single-user license of Kidspiration and lesson plan books. Special thanks to Inspiration Software, Inc. for making this contest possible!

Not a winner? You can still check out Inspiration’s great products, or download a free 30-day trial of Kidspiration, at www.inspiration.com

Inspired Kids Contest Deadline Extended to May 22nd – Enter Today!
Posted by Polly Davis at 02:13:51 PM Tue 05/05/2009
You now have until May 22nd to win big in our Inspired Kids Contest!

Interested in winning a digital camera AND award-winning Kidspiration® software? We thought so. That’s why we’ve decided to extend our Inspired Kids Contest deadline until May 22, 2009, giving you some extra time to get those creative juices flowing. Tell us your fun, inspiring ideas, and win over $1700 in prizes, including a 10-computer license to Kidspiration and an Olympus digital camera! Keep in mind that you’re submitting a plan, so you don’t have to complete the lesson with your kids before you submit. Feel free to contact [email protected] with any questions.

Go to http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/inspiration_contest to enter today!

Good luck!
The Digital Wish Team

Kidspiration + Digital Camera = Digital Wish’s Most Exciting Contest Ever!
Posted by Polly Davis at 04:22:15 PM Fri 04/17/2009
Our Most Exciting Contest Ever…Win Amazing Kidspiration® Software AND a Digital Camera!

There’s nothing like a little spring sunshine to lift the spirits…except perhaps a great new Digital Wish contest! This time we’ve teamed up with Inspiration Software®, Inc., the leader in visual thinking and learning, to give away over $1,700 in prizes. The Inspired Kids Contest asks educators to use Kidspiration software to reflect upon the year’s events as a class. The educator who submits the most inspiring lesson plan will win a 10-computer license of Kidspiration with accompanying school-wide lesson plan books. Three additional winners will each receive a single copy of Kidspiration with lesson plan books. Think it can’t get any better? Think again. Digital Wish is donating a 10 megapixel digital camera to the grand prize pack to enhance your visual learning experience.

What better way to impress your school administrators and wow your students than winning over $1,700 in inspiring classroom resources? Go to http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/inspiration_contest for details. Feel free to contact [email protected] with any questions.

Happy Spring!

The Digital Wish Team

New Grant Deadlines Announced
Posted by Kendra Ericson at 07:22:31 PM Mon 03/30/2009
New Grants for Podcasting and Photography
Save the date: May 15th! Tool Factory announced the new deadline for their Podcasting Lesson Plan and Student Photo contests today. Submit an original and creative podcasting lesson plan, and you'll be entered to win a Tool Factory Podcasting Site License, 2 Olympus Digital Voice Recorders, 2 Noise Reducing Microphones, and a host of other resources to get your students podcasting! Three educators will win. Summer is right around the corner! Encourage your students to enter their best photos or photographic art projects into Tool Factory's Student Photography Contest to win digital cameras.

Enter Now
Visit http://www.toolfactory.com/olympus to enter, or to see the previous winning entries. Entries into the May contests must be received by May 15, 2009.

Podcasting Winners Announced
Congratulations to the January winners. We applaud them for finding innovative ways to inspire their students:
Jennifer LaGarde, Myrtle Grove Middle School, Wilmington, NC
Rebekah Smith, Astec Charter Middle School, Oklahoma City, OK
Donna Jones, Bonne Ecole Elementary, Slidell, LA

Student Photographers Win Big
Congratulations to the January 2009 winners, Kirsten, Age 16, from Delmar, MD and Rockie, Age 18, from Lubbock, TX. Each won an 8.0 megapixel digital SLR camera with accessories, a Tool Factory program of their choice, and a Digital Camera Basics Book.

Double Your Dollars with Digital Wish’s February Fundraising Contest
Posted by Kendra Ericson at 08:10:39 PM Thu 01/22/2009
If you’re wishing for classroom technology, now is your chance to fundraise your way to success. From now through February 28th, the teacher who raises the most funds for his or her classroom will receive up to $100 in matching funds from Digital Wish and a copy of Tool Factory Workshop V3 (valued at $199.95). Five additional top-fundraising teachers will receive a copy of Tool Factory Workshop V3 (valued at $199.95).

So, where do you begin?

1) Beef up your profile. Use your wish list to tell donors why your classroom needs technology, and how you plan to use it.

2) Spread the word. Print your wish list along with a letter to parents, friends, or the PTA that states how to donate to your class at www.digitalwish.org. Or, simply email your wish list to parents or local community members. Make sure that your community knows that even the smallest donations add up.

3) To get your community involved, have students write letters to local businesses, stating why they need technology to succeed. These letters should also direct potential donors to your profile.

The rules? They’re simple. The teacher who raises the most for his or her classroom on www.digitalwish.org by midnight EST on 02/28/09 wins!

To get a list of other fundraising ideas, check out our fundraising page here:
http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/fundraising?id=8
Just be sure that all donations are made through Digital Wish’s site to ensure that they qualify.

If you have any questions or need any suggestions, please feel free to contact Kendra Ericson at 802-375-6721 or [email protected]

Happy fundraising!

Digital Wish “Friends Contest” Winners Announced
Posted by Kendra Ericson at 05:05:28 PM Fri 01/16/2009
The competition was fierce, but 26 teachers emerged victorious. Congratulations to the following teachers who, as of today, have a combined total of 5,746 friends on Digital Wish!

Amy London
Trasima Richard
Michelle Moore
Melissa Seilhan
Ronda Thiessen
Carey Babcock
Dona Helmer
Laural Heard
Janet Toto
Karen Etherington
Rhonda Gunnell
Michele Thomas
Misty Savario
Shawn Daley
Andrea Croom
Lori Dupuis
Orlisa Johnson
Lisa Richard
Sally Tatro
Melissa Dalton
Linda Arline
Judith A. Miller
Sheri Edwards
Brenda Hall
Penny Buckalew
Jessica Alred

Grand prize winners received Olympus FE360 digital cameras and runners-up received their choice of Clip Art Station or Elementary Zone Site Licenses.

Not a winner? Don’t worry; Digital Wish will be sponsoring another great contest in February. Check back next week for details.

Win a Digital Camera by Making Friends on Digital Wish
Posted by Kendra Ericson at 08:44:42 PM Wed 12/10/2008
Getting a digital camera for your classroom this holiday season is as easy as making friends. Simply login to your Digital Wish account at www.digitalwish.org and invite other teachers to join, adding them as friends when they do. The 26 teachers with the most friends on January 1, 2009 will win.

- One grand prize winner will receive an 8 mega pixel Olympus FE360 digital camera with battery and recharger.
- 25 additional teachers will receive either a site license to Elementary Zone or Clip Art Station

Simply login, find other teachers, and select “Add Me as a Friend!” from their profile.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kendra Ericson at [email protected] or 802-375-6721.

Best of luck and Happy Holidays.

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