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February Grant Awards
Posted by Amanda Stevens at 05:34:19 PM Tue 03/18/2014


Congratulations February grant winners!  Please be sure to submit your own lesson plans to be eligible for more great Digital Wish grant opportunities.

Natalie Vazquez Vocabulary and Humor for High School Students - February 02/28/2014
Michelle Gilliam Interactive Learning 02/28/2014
Carlos Hernandez Digital Media in the Classroom - February 02/28/2014








 















 





Grant Winners for January
Posted by Amanda Stevens at 05:32:07 PM Tue 03/18/2014


Congratulations to our January grant recipients!!  Please be sure to submit your lesson plans for a chance to win a Digital Wish grant.


Jennifer Nettesheim

Vocabulary and Humor for High School Students - January

01/31/2014

james harrigan

Digital Projects for the Classroom - January

01/31/2014

Robin Thomas

Digital Media in the Classroom - January

01/31/2014

Betsey Beasley

Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety - January

01/31/2014

Jaycie Holland

Foreign Language - Spanish Keyboarding

01/31/2014


 



Earth Day 2014
Posted by Lauren Chaves at 03:14:57 PM Thu 03/13/2014

2_19_14We have an exciting program to help your school earn money for technology through recycling old electronics. All the materials like press releases, flyers, and email templates are available for your teachers here.

Recycle Forward helps educators get new technology for their classrooms by recycling used electronics and ink cartridges for cash. Just set up a drop box and print flyers. Everyone can participate. We raised $850 for our local school in one afternoon by publicizing the technology drop location in the local papers. Click the links for a comprehensive list of accepted recyclables cellphonesMP3′sinkjet cartridges laser cartridges, and laptops.

Download Template
Download Template

We recommend starting your collection with a highly publicized community drive on a specific date and time frame. After your initial push, make this a year-round program by offering your school as a community drop-off location for recyclable items. Also inspire participation with fun activties for the classroom. Use our tree template and trace our recycle tree using a projector and every child who brings in a piece of old technology gets to put a leaf on the tree.

We can help you and your teachers if you need help getting started. Its very beneficial for your users and it gets the community to work together for a common good. Its a very stress free fundraiser because we have already done all the work necessary except the collection process. If you have any questions please feel free to email your questions at [email protected].


Help Mrs. Ginny Moorefield get iPad’s for her Classroom!
Posted by Heather Chirtea at 01:54:08 PM Thu 02/20/2014

East Wake Academy is a small, K-12 charter school of approximately 1,100 students located in Zebulon, NC.  It is a wonderful environment where teachers and students are encouraged to be creative and explore information.   We want to prepare our students for the 21st Century and we need more technology in our classrooms.

I am a Nationally Certified American Sign Language teacher hired to teach American Sign Language (ASL) as a foreign language and/or elective for the students in the high school.  There are only a handful of high schools in North Carolina that offer ASL to their students and East Wake Academy has always been forward thinking in its options for students.

In an ASL Class, we work with videos….A LOT of videos.  Our school Internet capabilities are not fast enough for my students to do video assignments in class and upload them to be graded.  Being a small school, we do not have computers for every student.  I am asking for a classroom set (about 20) of iPad 2s with “student proof” cases.  Currently, students are recording videos on my personal laptop.  The video quality is very poor and has so many lags and skips that the content is unreadable and thus un-gradable.  Students are not able to get the feedback that they need to improve their skills.  Their homework is usually recorded on their Smart Phones or on a home webcam and then uploaded to Google Drive to be graded.  However, we are in a very rural area and high-speed Internet is not an option for some students. On occasion, we have trouble with videos not uploading properly.

Having 20 iPad 2s with durable cases would allow students to complete required tasks in class, research, and create activities and videos.  There are apps available to improve their skills and all with the portability that an iPad 2 allows.  Having this resource available at school would also benefit those students who have trouble with internet or webcam access at home.

To donate to her classroom check out her fundraiser on other site digitalwish.com 


Design and Print Yearbooks
Posted by Amanda Stevens at 04:13:44 PM Tue 02/04/2014

We are launching a new yearbook builder just in time for yearbook club. You design your yearbook and set the price. Students and parents can buy online. You'll save money on the cost, and the profits can be used to purchase new technology for your school. Its simple to create a yearbook just simply drag and drop pictures into built-in frames. There's no minimum order, and only a 3 week turnaround to receive printed yearbooks. Login and get started.


New Tools for Technology Funding
Posted by Amanda Stevens at 04:09:43 PM Thu 01/30/2014

Free Webinar on Four Ways to Raise Money for Technology - Friday, Jan 31, 10:00 am EST.
We'll show you some fantastic tools for raising money for technology. Sign up, so we can send you all the information you need to participate. We'll show you great fundraising ideas including printed yearbooks, t-shirt drives, Recycle Forward, and how to find funding for technology through Digital Wish.

  • Digital Wish Technology Fundraiser - Make a wish list and share it through print, email, and Facebook to generate donations.
  • Printed Yearbook Fundraiser - Build a yearbook in record time online with fantastic design tools and generate funds for your technology needs.
  • T-Shirts for Technology - Sell high-quality screen printed tees with zero upfront costs and zero risk. We ship directly to buyers, you keep the profits for technology.
  • Recycle Forward - Get new technology for your classroom by recycling used electronics and ink cartridges for cash.

Sign up for the webinar here.
The recorded archive will be here afterwards. Read more.

Start a Yearbook Club - Here's how!
Read the new blog where we share tips from our after-school yearbook clubs. Start your own club to develop a printed yearbook online. With simple drag and drop skills, students can have a prominent role in yearbook design. Teach students the basics of graphic design, as well as, exploring the world of yearbook building online. Also starting at $8.49 for 20 pages, you can set your yearbook price and raise funds. Its a great way to fund technology in your schools. There's no minimum order on printed yearbooks. Get started.

Earn a Gift for Helping us Vote - Digital Wish could win $25,000 to help fund our classroom support programs in J.P. Morgan's Give-It-Away contest. If you can get a classroom of students to vote, please send me a note at [email protected]. We have some some nice classroom gifts available as a warm thanks for your help. You can also help by spreading the word to others. Please share the link with others by Facebook.

Technology deals and donation programs - Check out our current technology deals and promotions:


December Grant Awards
Posted by Amanda Stevens at 05:49:11 PM Mon 01/27/2014


Congratulation to our winners!  Thank you all for your lesson plans.  Digital Wish chooses grant recipients based on the quality of a lesson plan, grant criteria, and adherence to grant guidelines for entries.


Molly Mueller

Vocabulary and Humor for High School Students - December

12/31/2013

Jillian Robinson

Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety - December

12/31/2013

Andrea Farmer

Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety - December

12/31/2013

Misty Savario

Digital Media in the Classroom - December

12/31/2013


 



Grant Winners for November!
Posted by Amanda Stevens at 05:44:29 PM Mon 01/06/2014

Congratulation to our winners!  Thank you all for your lesson plans.  Digital Wish chooses grant recipients based on the quality of a lesson plan, grant criteria, and adherence to grant guidelines for entries.
 

Jennifer Duncan Vocabulary and Humor for High School Students - November 11/30/2013
David Lockett Digital Media in the Classroom - November 11/30/2013
Jonathan Vitale Collaborative Writing and Debating - November 11/30/2013
Christina Saunders Digital Projects for the Classroom - November 11/30/2013









 



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