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Digital Wish and Inspiration Software® Team Up to Make Technology Wishes Come True
Posted by Kendra Ericson at 03:42:25 PM Tue 06/02/2009

Digital Wish announces the winners of its Inspired Kids contest, four educators who will take home more than $1,600 in technology prizes for their classrooms.
Manchester Center, VT, June 2, 2009 - Digital Wish, a nonprofit committed to modernizing classrooms, has teamed up with Inspiration Software, Inc. to give away $1,600 in Kidspiration® software and other prizes. Educators were asked to submit Kidspiration lesson ideas that incorporated the year's events with an emphasis on student involvement, creativity, and fun.. Teachers from across the country shared original classroom ideas focused on visual learning, competing for a chance to win great prizes and a place in Digital Wish's national lesson plan library.
Congratulations to the Inspired Kids contest grand prize winner Barbara Lorson from Hope Elementary School for her innovative and inspiring lesson Let's Make Some Money!. Lorson will receive a 10-computer license of Kidspiration software, school-wide editions of corresponding lesson plan books, and a digital camera to help her continue to inspire young minds. As a result of their fun and original ideas, three additional winners will receive a single copy of Kidspiration software and 3 lesson plan books:
Patrice Clynes from Hatton Elementary School for Kindergarten Memories
Doedee Trostel-Patton from Miami East Junior High School for What's Going On
Denise Webster from Forest Lake Elementary School for Ocean Animals
"These contests are a great way for us to recognize and honor teachers who are committed to 21st century learning," said Heather Chirtea, Digital Wish's Founder. "We're excited to honor teachers who are finding inventive ways to engage students."
Educators are encouraged to register their classroom for free at www.digitalwish.org to receive future contest announcements. "We're always looking for new ways to help teachers reach their technology goals, so new contests are announced year round," said Chirtea.
About Digital Wish
Digital Wish is a non-profit on a mission to modernize American classrooms and prepare students for tomorrow's workforce. Educators build technology wish lists and describe how each resource will be utilized. Teachers write project plans or browse a free lesson plan library to find project ideas written by educators, outlining best practices in technology. Their classroom's story is then posted online, for review by any donor. Digital Wish works with many institutions to set up cost-free grant programs for schools, then matches every donation with an additional 2%-10% in funding. Visit www.digitalwish.org.

Media Contact: Polly Davis
Digital Wish, PO Box 1072, Manchester Center, VT 05255
Telephone: (802) 375-6721 Ext. 201 Fax: (802) 375-6860
Email Address: [email protected]
Website: http://www.digitalwish.org
About Inspiration Software, Inc.
Recognized as the leader in visual thinking and learning, Inspiration Software, Inc.'s award-winning software tools, Inspiration®, Kidspiration and InspireData®, are based on proven visual learning methodologies that help students think, learn and achieve. With the powerful combination of visual learning and technology, students in grades K-12 learn to clarify thoughts, organize and analyze information, integrate new knowledge and think critically. Founded more than 25 years ago by Donald Helfgott and Mona Westhaver, the company's visual learning software tools are used today by more than 25 million students and teachers worldwide.
For more information, press only:
Lisa Wolfe, L. Wolfe Communications, 773-227-1049, [email protected]
©2009 Inspiration Software, Inc. All rights reserved. Inspiration Software®, Kidspiration®, InspireData® and Inspiration® are registered trademarks of Inspiration Software, Inc. All other brands are the property of their respective owners.

Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 255
Milton, DE 19968
(802) 375-6721 X-222

Digital Wish and Inspiration Software Team Up to Give Away Over $1,700 in Grant Prizes to Educators
Posted by Kendra Ericson at 04:36:54 PM Wed 04/15/2009
DigitalWish.org and Inspiration Software, Inc. invite educators to share their creativity in the Inspired Kids Contest.

Manchester, VT, April 15, 2009 – Digital Wish, a nonprofit committed to modernizing American classrooms, is teaming up with Inspiration Software®, Inc., the leader in visual thinking and learning, to bring educators an exciting new grant contest. The Inspired Kids Contest, beginning April 15, 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, and a 10 megapixel digital camera. Three additional winners will each receive a single copy of Kidspiration with lesson plan books.   

To enter the Inspired Kids Contest, educators should visit www.digitalwish.org and submit a creative lesson idea utilizing Kidspiration software. To be eligible to win, educators must serve K-12 students and be registered on Digital Wish. “I’m excited to be working with Inspiration to bring this grant opportunity to teachers,” said Heather Chirtea, Digital Wish’s Founder. “Kidspiration is a great product, and this contest gives teachers the chance to get technology into the classroom that many schools can’t currently afford.”

The contest begins April 15, 2009 and ends May 11, 2009. Visit http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/inspiration_contest for additional details.

About Digital Wish
Digital Wish is a non-profit on a mission to modernize American classrooms and prepare students for tomorrow’s workforce. Educators build technology wish lists and describe how each resource will be utilized. Teachers write project plans or browse a free lesson plan library to find project ideas written by educators, outlining best practices in technology. Their classroom’s story is then posted online, for review by any donor. Digital Wish works with many institutions to set up cost-free grant programs for schools, and then matches every donation with an additional 2%-10% in funding. Visit www.digitalwish.org.

Media Contact: Polly Davis
Digital Wish, PO Box 1072, Manchester Center, VT 05255
Telephone: (802) 375-6721 Ext. 208 Fax: (802) 375-6860
Email Address: [email protected]
Website: http://www.digitalwish.org

About Inspiration Software, Inc.
Recognized as the leader in visual thinking and learning, Inspiration Software, Inc.’s award-winning software tools, Inspiration®, Kidspiration and InspireData®, are based on proven visual learning methodologies that help students think, learn and achieve. With the powerful combination of visual learning and technology, students in grades K-12 learn to clarify thoughts, organize and analyze information, integrate new knowledge, and think critically. Founded more than 25 years ago by Donald Helfgott and Mona Westhaver, the company’s visual learning software tools are used today by more than 25 million students and teachers worldwide.

Media Contact: Lisa Wolfe
L. Wolfe Communications, 773-227-1049, [email protected]
Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 255
Milton, DE 19968
(802) 375-6721 X-222

Digital Wish Now Offers Educational Pricing on SMART Products
Posted by Jon Ketchum at 04:50:37 PM Thu 02/19/2009

DigitalWish.org, a public charity on a mission to modernize American schools, makes getting SMART products into schools easier than ever with educational pricing.

Manchester, VT, February 19, 2009 - Getting SMART products into schools is now even more affordable on digitalwish.org. Digital Wish not only offers educational pricing on all SMART products listed on the site, but the organization also automatically matches each purchase by giving 2% - 10% back to teachers every time they place an order. For example, if a donor purchases a SMART Board 680 with Unifi 45 Projector for a teacher, that teacher would automatically receive $66 back in his or her shopping cart to apply to a future purchase. In addition, Digital Wish demands no fee, ensuring that 100% of every donation will benefit classroom teachers and their students.

"Educational pricing is key," said Heather Chirtea, Digital Wish's Founder. "Now donors can purchase SMART products for schools at the reduced, educational price, which makes donor contributions go further, and brings teachers one step closer to modernizing their classrooms. Purchases and monetary contributions are also tax deductible, making Digital Wish a great resource for potential donors."

How it works: Donors and teachers can register for free on digitalwish.org. Teachers set up "wish lists" for the SMART products and other classroom technology they need, and donors can give cash donations or purchase items directly from a teacher's wish list. Using Digital Wish's Class Locator, donors can find teachers or schools anywhere in the United States. After receiving a cash donation, teachers "go shopping" for the technology they need, and Digital Wish donates 2% - 10% of every order back into their shopping cart.

About Digital Wish
As a public charity, Digital Wish is on a mission to modernize American classrooms and prepare students for tomorrow's workforce. Educators build technology wish lists and describe how each resource will be utilized. Their classroom's story is then posted online, for review by any donor. Teachers write project plans or browse a free lesson plan library to find project ideas written by educators, outlining best practices in technology. Digital Wish works with many institutions to set up cost-free grant programs for schools, and then matches every donation with an additional 2%-10% in funding. Visit www.digitalwish.org.


Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 255
Milton, DE 19968
(802) 375-6721 X-222

Digital Wish Makes Donations Work Harder In Tight Financial Times
Posted by Jon Ketchum at 07:59:47 PM Mon 01/05/2009
Digitalwish.org, a public charity on a mission to modernize American schools, stretches donor dollars to make educators’ technology wishes come true. Manchester, VT, January 5, 2009 – Digital Wish, a nonprofit charity committed to modernizing classrooms, makes every donation go further. Whether it’s a five dollar or five thousand dollar donation, Digital Wish stretches each gift for teachers by automatically giving 2% - 10% back to teachers every time they place an order. In addition, Digital Wish demands no fee, ensuring that 100% of every donation will benefit classroom teachers and their students. How it works: Donors and teachers can register for free on digitalwish.org. Teachers set up “wish lists,” explaining their classroom’s technology needs, and donors can give cash donations or purchase items directly from a teacher’s wish list. Using Digital Wish’s Class Locator, donors can find teachers or schools anywhere in the United States. After receiving a cash donation, teachers “go shopping” for the technology they need, and Digital Wish donates 2% - 10% of every teacher order back into their shopping cart. “It’s increasingly difficult for schools to acquire the technology they need to prepare students for tomorrow’s jobs in this economy,” said Heather Chirtea, Digital Wish’s Founder. “Every day we hear about funding cuts, so Digital Wish provides a connection between donors and teachers, and every donor counts. Even a $5 donation can make a difference because the individual contributions add up. Together, we can make a difference in education and secure a place for our children in an increasingly competitive job market.” In these tight financial times, Digital Wish provides donors with the opportunity to make their dollars work harder for a good cause: the future of America’s classrooms and students. About Digital Wish As a public charity, Digital Wish is on a mission to modernize American classrooms and prepare students for tomorrow’s workforce. Educators build technology wish lists and describe how each resource will be utilized. Teachers write project plans or browse a free lesson plan library to find project ideas written by educators, outlining best practices in technology. Their classroom’s story is then posted online, for review by any donor. Digital Wish works with many institutions to set up cost-free grant programs for schools, then matches every donation with an additional 2%-10% in funding. Visit http://www.digitalwish.org.
Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 255
Milton, DE 19968
(802) 375-6721 X-222

TLN Digital Wish Grant Winners Announced
Posted by Jon Ketchum at 03:27:32 PM Thu 10/23/2008
Digital Wish Gives Away $6,000 in Grants to NSBA Members Sunderland, VT, October 23, 2008 – Digital Wish, Vermont based public charity on a mission to modernize American schools, awarded $6,000 in Tool Factory software to four winners of National School Board Association’s TLN Digital Wish Grant.Digital Wish worked closely with NSBA to make this grant opportunity available to the association’s nationwide membership. Participants were asked to register at www.digitalwish.org to increase awareness of Digital Wish’s mission – to assist teachers in securing grants for the classroom technology they need – and winners were chosen at random from the submitted applicants. There were two deadlines set, August 31stand October first. The grand prize winner will be announced at the NSBA T+L (Technology and Learning) conference at the end of October. August 31st Deadline, Each Winner receives $1,000 in Tool Factory Software: · Christina McCormick – West Chester Henderson High School, West Chester PA. · Kurt Bernardo – Orange High School, Pepper Pike, OH. · Susan Walston – Haysville Alternative High School, Haysville, KS. Grand Finale, October 1st Winner receives $3,000 in Tool Factory Software: · Winner will be announced at the NSBA T+L conference! Announced winners have been notified through Digital Wish and will place their orders through Digital Wish’s online ecommerce system. “There were a record number of participants,” said Heather Chirtea, Digital Wish’s founder, “and we’re thankful to the NSBA staff for helping us increase teacher awareness. There are many free resources available on Digital Wish to help teachers secure funding for their classrooms, and we are thrilled that so many teachers are utilizing them.” About Digital Wish As a public charity, Digital Wish is on a mission to modernize American classrooms and prepare students for tomorrow’s workforce. Educators build technology wish lists and describe how each resource will be utilized. Teachers write project plans or browse a free lesson plan library to find project ideas written by educators, outlining best practices in technology. Their classroom’s story is then posted online, for review by any donor. Digital Wish works with many institutions to set up grant programs for schools. Visit www.digitalwish.org. 
Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 255
Milton, DE 19968
(802) 375-6721 X-222

The Draper Richards Foundation Awards Prestigious Fellowship Grant To Digital Wish
Posted by Digital Wish Support at 02:33:31 PM Tue 10/14/2008
Digitalwish.org, a Vermont based public charity on a mission to modernize American schools, receives a $300,000 grant to expand operations and fundraise for schools. Manchester, VT, October 14, 2008 – The Draper Richards Foundation has awarded Digital Wish a $300,000 grant in recognition of Digital Wish’s potential to modernize American schools. The funds, distributed to Digital Wish over the next three years, will be used by the organization to expand its fundraising operations. In response, Digital Wish has announced the launch of its corporate donation program that allows companies to set up employee matching funds programs at little to no administrative cost. Digital Wish will also matches every donation with an additional 2%-10% in funding, ensuring that 102%-110% of the giver’s donation will be allocated directly to school technology programs. Digital Wish now joins the impressive lineup of high-growth nonprofit organizations that Draper Richards helps usher through startup phase including: Room to Read, Kiva, and the Genocide Intervention Network, among others. Digital Wish was one of only four nonprofits to be selected for the grant in 2008, and no more than six grants are given in a single year. “I am honored to be amongst such distinguished peers and excited by how this grant will impact our ability to help teachers acquire the technology they desperately need,” said Heather Chirtea, Digital Wish’s founder. “With the influx of both money and Draper Richards’ managerial support, we can significantly increase our impact on US education. We now have the resources we need to scale our fundraising effort.” Draper Richards also provides its social entrepreneurs with support and guidance, in addition to financial assistance, and Digital Wish will work closely with Draper Richards on strategic growth issues. Further, Jenny Shilling Stein, Executive Director of the Draper Richards Foundation will join Digital Wish’s Board of Directors. She commented, "Digital Wish provides inspiration for thousands of teachers to bring technology into their classrooms. Heather and her team really understand teachers' needs. Digital Wish is the most efficient way for individuals, corporations and foundations to connect with teachers and give them what they need to be successful in the classroom." The Draper Richards Fellowship Grant, combined with Digital Wish’s corporate giving tools, paint a bright picture of Digital Wish’s future and the future of American classrooms. “When innovative technology is accessible to teachers and students,” said Chirtea, “everyone benefits. Classrooms are modernized, students are prepared for the technological demands of tomorrow’s workplace, and corporations can hire locally.” In short, Digital Wish has the potential to bridge the gap between schools and community funding, and take strides towards solving America’s technology crisis. About Digital Wish As a public charity, Digital Wish is on a mission to modernize American classrooms and prepare students for tomorrow’s workforce. Educators build technology wish lists and describe how each resource will be utilized. Teachers write project plans or browse a free lesson plan library to find project ideas written by educators, outlining best practices in technology. Their classroom’s story is then posted online, for review by any donor. Digital Wish works with many institutions to set up cost-free grant programs for schools, then matches every donation with an additional 2%-10% in funding. Visit www.digitalwish.org. Media Contact: Polly Davis Digital Wish, PO Box 1072, Manchester Center, VT 05255 Telephone: (802) 375-6721 Ext. 201 Fax: (802) 375-6860 Email Address: [email protected] Website: http://www.digitalwish.org About the Draper Richards Foundation The Draper Richards Foundation funds selected social entrepreneurs in a variety of public service areas, including education, the environment, arts, health, and community and economic development. The Foundation's support is based on the structure of a venture capital fund, providing financial support as well as strategic and organizational assistance. The Foundation was founded by venture capitalists William H. Draper III and Robin Richards Donohoe. For more information, please visit: www.draperrichards.org. Draper Richards Foundation 50 California Street, Suite 2925 San Francisco, CA 94111 Tel: 415-616-4050, Fax: 415-616-4060 Email: [email protected]
Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 255
Milton, DE 19968
(802) 375-6721 X-222

SMART Boards Available on Digital Wish
Posted by Digital Wish Support at 07:16:13 PM Fri 09/26/2008
Sunderland, VT, September 26, 2008 - Teachers can now use donations and grant money to acquire SMART BoardTM interactive whiteboards and SMART products at digitalwish.org. Digital Wish is a public charity on a mission to modernize schools. Teachers are invited to create wish lists for classroom technology by simply browsing through an online shopping area. After making a wish for SMART Boards teachers can invite parents and donors to grant their wishes by contributing any amount of funding to their classroom shopping cart, or simply purchasing SMART products directly from their wish list. Digital Wish always matches every donation with an additional 2% in funding for schools! Participation is free, and teachers automatically qualify for 43 additional technology grants, just by posting a lesson plan. "Over 50% of the product suggestions we receive from teachers are for SMART Boards and other SMART products. This technology allows students to become engaged in learning," cites Heather Chirtea, Digital Wish's founder. In addition, when teachers select SMART products through Digital Wish, they can also choose their favorite local SMART Technologies dealer to install and service their products. Orders for SMART Boards are automatically passed through to local dealers so that schools can get the same great service they are accustomed to receiving. Technology is an essential part of the contemporary classroom, and SMART Boards have become a staple technology in ensuring student success. However with declining Federal funding, many schools can't afford the technology they desperately need. At digitalwish.org, teachers can access numerous free fundraising resources to help them acquire classroom technology. Teachers can craft a "Fundraiser in Five Minutes" by simply printing out their wish lists as donation packet. This makes it easy for schools to reach out to parents and local businesses for donations. Registration is free and teachers simply visit digitalwish.org and use the Class Locator to find their school. They can build a classroom profile, make their wish list, and network with other teacher-friends through the site. By writing a lesson plan, educators are automatically entered to win 43 technology grants and they can also access links to numerous other grants from the online library. Grant deadlines mature every month, so participating teachers are automatically in the running for new technology opportunities each month. Download ready-made flyers and reprint news articles from this link: http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/about Donors visit digitalwish.org and use the Class Locator to find schools in their local area, or browse through Digital Wish's national lesson plan library to find and fund submissions of merit. The longer teachers are involved, the more chances they have of receiving a grant, so schools are encouraged to invite the entire teaching staff to participate. Make a Digital Wish come true! About Digital Wish As a public charity, Digital Wish is on a mission to modernize American classrooms and prepare students for tomorrow's workforce. Educators build technology wish lists and describe how each resource will be utilized. Teachers write project plans or browse a free lesson plan library to find project ideas written by educators, outlining best practices in technology. Their classroom's story is then posted online, for review by any donor. Digital Wish works with many institutions to set up grant programs for schools. Visit www.digitalwish.org. Media Contact: Kendra Ericson Digital Wish, PO Box 1072, Manchester Center, VT 05255 Telephone: (802) 375-6721 Ext. 201 Fax: (802) 375-6860 Email Address: [email protected] Website: http://www.digitalwish.org About SMART Technologies SMART Technologies is an industry pioneer and global education market segment leader in user-friendly ICT products and group collaboration tools. The award-winning line of SMART Board interactive whiteboards is the most widely installed in the world because of its unsurpassed product quality, versatility and ease of use. The SMART Board interactive whiteboard is used to teach over 18 million students in more than 600,000 classrooms in more than 100 countries around the world. To learn more about SMART, visit www.smarttech.com. Media Contact: Public Relations SMART Technologies Telephone: (403) 802-2558 Fax: (403) 228-2500 Email Address: [email protected] Website: http://www.smarttech.com
Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 255
Milton, DE 19968
(802) 375-6721 X-222

43 New Grant Opportunities Through Digital Wish
Posted by Digital Wish Support at 05:26:23 PM Mon 06/30/2008
[via http://www.toolfactory.com/Press/DigitalWishGrants.htm] Sunderland, VT, July 12, 2007 – Every teacher has the power to earn funding at www.digitalwish.com. Like a wedding registry, teachers make their technology wishes public and tell their story, so that anyone can make a donation to their classroom’s cart. Registered teachers will automatically qualify for 43 new technology grants from Olympus and Tool Factory, including a Mobile Digital Camera Lab. Grants are then awarded to the teachers with the best all-around class profile and lesson plans. Regardless of whether teachers win a grant, their story will be available for any potential donor to read, and later contribute to. Unlike most grants, Digital Wish provides a constant possibility of receiving funding for every applicant. The Digital Wish website also features a library of grant links and fundraising resources to help educators find additional funding for technology. There’s even an extensive library of lesson plans so that educators can find ideas for digital projects. The Grants Teachers register once, then there’s no need to reapply each month – all original lesson plans are eligible to win any grant opportunity. Three Mobile Digital Camera Labs worth $3,500 will be awarded annually. Every month, Digital Wish will award digital cameras and podcasting software from Olympus and Tool Factory. Software site licenses will be given away in all core subject areas and special education. All grants will be judged based on: * Creativity and depth of the Digital Wish user profile. * Popularity of lesson plans. * Quality of lesson plan. * Activity of the Digital Wish user. Olympus and Tool Factory invite educators to share their ideas and tell their stories on Digital Wish. Visit Digital Wish at www.digitalwish.org and get the complete schedule of grant awards and deadlines.
Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 255
Milton, DE 19968
(802) 375-6721 X-222

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