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Student Showcase at Dell
Posted by Heather Chirtea at 04:33:12 PM Thu 05/21/2015

Event on May 27th, 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM

Mt. Pleasant Elementary School was awarded a technology grant by Digital Wish and Dell.  The 5th grade students will display their projects and demonstrate the technology skills that they have acquired as a result of the weekly program. 

We've invited: New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, NH Senator Jeanne Shaheen and NH Senator Kelly Ayotte, Press and Media, Nashua School District officials and administrators, Digital Wish personnel, national and local Dell executives and employees, and the Mt. Pleasant 5th grade students and teachers.

Here is some great data on the program!

Dell and Digital Wish Work Together to Bring Measured Improvements in Technology Skills to Students in Nashua's Underserved Communities
Digital Wish’s continued partnership with Dell is helping another Nashua school make great strides in critical IT skills and integrate engaging 21st century learning skills into daily lessons.  Using computers donated by Dell, students learn to harness cloud-based technologies that will serve them throughout their educational journey and into their careers.  Students learn a new skill and work with Dell volunteers to explore career paths.
Eric Bird, Digital Wish’s Project Director for Nashua, has been visiting the 4th and 5th grade classrooms at Mt. Pleasant on a weekly basis to teach and integrate current technologies into their existing curriculum.  Students and educators have been learning essential ICT skills such as digital citizenship, cyber safety, reliable research, media creation and presentation, and communication and collaboration skills.  Through the use of this technology, the students have greatly improved their critical thinking and problem solving skills. 
In April, the 5th grade students visited the Nashua Dell facility to interview team members on technology and careers.  The students will visit Dell again on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 to showcase their technology projects for Dell team members, show off their programming skills, and demonstrate how they have been applying technology in the classroom learning environment. 
Measured Improvements
As a result of this program: 
Increased Usage - After the program, students used a computer every day in the classroom 30 times more than before.  Students who reported participating in 10 or more technology projects that required them to solve a problem, gather information, or draw a conclusion rose from 12% to 86%.
Increased Safe Usage - After the program, students rated themselves an average of 9 (on a scale of 1-10) or higher when they rated how well they could protect their personal information on the internet, treat other people with respect on the internet, and safely use the internet.  After the program, students rated themselves 8.5 or higher when asked how much they knew about what they legally can and cannot do on the internet, their rights on the internet, and their responsibilities on the internet.
Increasing IT Skills - Students rated themselves higher in every single technology skill after the program, and more than doubled their self-rating on how well they can use spreadsheets or Excel.  The percentage of students who said they were beginners on computers decreased from 11% to 4%, a near 300% drop.  The number of students who can figure out almost anything on their own while using a computer rose from 29% to 35.4%.
Increased Collaboration – Students collaborating with adults at least once a week while using technology rose from 46% to 94%.  The number of students who collaborated with other students at least once a week while using technology more than tripled. 
 “Digital Wish’s program is designed to equip students with technology skills that make them more employable in their future careers,” said Heather Chirtea, Digital Wish’s Executive Director.  “We’ve put Dell initiatives into schools across New Hampshire and Vermont, and the kids are universally more engaged in learning.  That’s important because an engaged student will stay in school.  In addition, visiting Dell has given students exposure to real IT careers.”
Anecdotal Improvements:
In addition to the measurable improvements above, teachers and students provided anecdotes on their experiences:
“My favorite thing was that I could teach my parents to be safe on the internet.”
“School is absolutely nothing without the internet and technology.  It makes school work easier so you don't fail.  You can learn something new with the computer.”
“I learned a new skill and that is researching faster than I did before and to do it correctly.”
“Technology is great in school because it will prepare us for the future and we can now do special tests on the computer which means that we do not need to use papers and pencil as much and that means the environment is getting help.”
Research Reports
Learn more about Digital Wish's research and download Nashua's reports here:
About Digital Wish
Digital Wish is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation on a mission to solve technology shortfalls in K-12 classrooms.
At www.digitalwish.org, teachers make technology wishes, and donors make those wishes come true with contributions, bringing technology to needy classrooms in all 50 states.  Since August 2009, Digital Wish has granted over 31,000 classroom technology wishes through its online network of 65,000 teachers, and delivered over $14 million in technology products to American classrooms directly impacting over 500,000 students.  In research, Digital Wish secured over $1.5M in stimulus funding and grants to put 1:1 computing into 30 schools, achieving measured gains in student engagement and 21st century skills.
The Digital Wish website provides simple online fundraising tools so that parents, community members, and PTAs can make cost-free contributions to classrooms.  This puts classroom technology directly into the hands of teachers so that education will become more relevant and valuable to students growing up in an increasingly digital society.  Digital Wish has set up hundreds of grants together with vendors and connected thousands of donors with local schools.  Find out more at www.digitalwish.org.

Spring Grant Winners are in!
Posted by Amanda Stevens at 02:59:27 PM Wed 05/06/2015

Congratulations to our Spring grant recipients!  Thank you all for your wonderful lesson plan submissions.  Please click on the links below to view more about these grants. 

Judy King-Edmeade One-to-One Computing, $4,500 Support Grant – April 04/29/2015
Brittney King One-to-One Computing, $4,500 Support Grant – April 04/29/2015
Amy Freese Trio Tablet for Students 03/31/2015
Sarah Greif Let's Get Podcasting 03/31/2015
Cayla Cerchie Spring into STEM Skills! K-3 03/31/2015


Winter Grant Winners! Thank you for your lesson plan submissions
Posted by Amanda Stevens at 03:36:35 PM Wed 04/08/2015

Congratulations to our Winter Grant Winners!  We're a little late getting the news out, but please be sure to congratulate these teachers for their lesson plan contributions. 

Jennifer Morrison Classroom Tablet Solutions! 02/28/2015
Alexis Parker Matific - Math Apps: Immersive bite-sized apps for tablets and personal computers 02/28/2015
David Lockett Elementary Science Fair 01/31/2015
Tonya Williams Mobile Devices in the Classroom - December 01/01/2015
Mike D'Egidio Vocabulary and Humor for High School Students - December 01/01/2015
Katie Chirhart Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety - November 12/01/2014
Paula Cooper Digital Media in the Classroom - November 12/01/2014
Carolyn Kay Let's Get Podcasting with Video! Grant BONUS! B10 Camcorder & Podcasting Software 12/01/2014
Johanna Currier Trio Stealth G4 Tablet Bundle w/ JBuddies Headphones 12/01/2014


November Grant Winners are in!
Posted by Amanda Stevens at 06:54:42 PM Wed 12/17/2014

Digital Wish Grant Winners

Winner Grant Date
Katie Chirhart Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety - November 11/30/2014
Paula Cooper Digital Media in the Classroom - November 11/30/2014
Carolyn Kay Let's Get Podcasting with Video! Grant BONUS! B10 Camcorder & Podcasting Software 11/30/2014
Johanna Currier Trio Stealth G4 Tablet Bundle w/ JBuddies Headphones 11/30/2014


October Grant Recipients Announced
Posted by Amanda Stevens at 05:56:16 PM Thu 11/20/2014

Congratulations to our October grant recipients!

Charles Julian Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety - October 10/31/2014
Karen Watt Digital Media in the Classroom - October 10/31/2014
Kelsey Stottsberry Vocabulary and Humor for High School Students - October 10/31/2014
Megen Krohn Let's Get Podcasting! Grant 10/30/2014


Holiday Shopping Online? Sign up for Amazon Smile :)
Posted by Amanda Stevens at 02:57:01 PM Fri 10/24/2014

Digital Wish has joined up with Amazon Smile!

Amazon Smile assists non-profit organizations by donating .5% of each purchase made through Amazon Smile - Your purchases can directly benefit Digital Wish Programs. 

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Digital Wish every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Digital Wish.

For more information about the program and to sign up and support Digital Wish please visit  Amazon Smile - It takes just a few moments to select Digital Wish as your beneficiary.



Back to School Grant Winners!
Posted by Amanda Stevens at 02:05:56 PM Fri 10/10/2014

Congratulations to our latest grant winners!  Thank you all for your wonderful lesson plan contributions!

If you are interested in winning a grant through Digital Wish please submit an original lesson plan to our website.  The content of your lesson plan should be relevant to the grant award you are seeking - Elementary Science, Mobile Devices in the Classroom, Digital Technology and Cyber Safety and more.  Please see our grant opportunities here

Lindsay Foster Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety - September 09/30/2014
Maryann Kelly Digital Media in the Classroom - September 09/30/2014
Tina Burton-Crunk Digital Media in the Classroom - September 09/30/2014
Rosa Rodriguez Early Reading with Phonics 09/30/2014
Lynn Toumi Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety - August 08/31/2014


Hottest Digital Wish Programs!
Posted by Heather Chirtea at 06:07:29 PM Fri 10/03/2014

Here's a list of the most popular deals and programs running through Digital Wish right now. Feel free to circulate these around your school districts!

Trending Products:

  • New! Tablet Stage Stands for iPads and tablets - Turn your tablet into an interactive classroom! Use your tablet to deliver interactive presentations to your classroom. Adjustable tabs hold your tablet securely above the staging area, while a rotating arm allows you to position the tablet vertically or horizontally. Portable style also available starting at $89.
  • New HoverCam Solo 8 Document Camera $50 grants - At $349, the Solo 8 is the world's first SuperSpeed USB 3.0 document camera with 8MP resolution $50 Grants per camera are available.
  • Mobile Beacon 4G wireless device donations and low $10/month service. Get unlimited, high-speed 4G mobile broadband service and a choice of user-friendly devices that can support and expand your school's broadband access.
  • Blackmagic Cinema Camera comes with Donated SD Card - The Pocket Cinema Camera is one of the hottest-selling Super 16 digital cameras for professional level filmmaking. Now until November 15th, Digital Wish will donate a high speed SanDisk 32 GB memory card ($79 value) for each Cinema Camera you order.
  • HP color printer BOGO - Buy one, get one for $100! Choose from these three models, with two having Print from Anywhere wireless capability. These super fast printers are 50% more economical than laser printers.
  • Beginner's Yearbook and Photography Digital Camera Lab for $1,379. Save money and outfit your clubs with Tool Factory's Yearbook and Photography Digital Camera Lab. Get 6 Power Pro GE x400 bridge digital cameras for use in a wide range of photography settings.

Trending Programs:

  • Free Technology Adviser - We can often find discounts that schools can't get directly. If you are trying to find the best way to spend your budget to maximize your equipment, then let our nonprofit adviser help you. Give us a call at (866) 344-7758 or email [email protected]
  • Fundraisers for Classroom Technology - Starting a fundraiser on Digital Wish. Our fundraising tool helps you to organize a grassroots campaign locally and brings your needs to a wider audience. Even if you don't reach your goal, you'll still keep funds to put toward the items you need.
  • Lesson Plan Library - One of our most popular destinations on Digital Wish! Educators are always looking for great new lesson plan ideas and submitting their own to win grants. Over 4,000 teacher created plans.
  • Schools get 3X Equipment Up-Front with Leasing - Digital Wish now has leasing options available on classroom technology. Give us a call at (866) 344-7758 or email [email protected] to see a leasing option can help you secure your technology needs.
  • 24 no cost business and entrepreneurship courses from the HP LIFE Foundation. Course topics include finance, operations, marketing, communications, IT skills and social networking in seven languages. Earn certificates of completion, explore business issues. Students sign up here.
  • Finding Grants - Submit a lesson plan to qualify for 8 technology products next month and search for other grants that may fit your needs. Get more information here. See the list of current grant winners.
  • Recycle Forward - Get funds by recycling used ink cartridges and small tech equipment through the Recycle Forward and Cartridges for Kids program. Sign up and start collecting here.

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