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Double Pay for Earth Day! Digital Wish and Cartridges for Kids Offer Double Pay on Recycled Items
Posted by John Sullivan at 10:17:58 AM Tue 03/22/2011

Manchester Center, VT- March 22nd, 2011- It pays to help Mother Earth.  Digital Wish and Cartridges for Kids are giving communities and schools another reason beyond “going green” to start a Recycle Forward fundraiser.  They’re paying double for all cell phones, inkjet cartridges, and laser cartridges collected through Recycle Forward campaigns right up until Earth Day.

Schools and community members can register for free at www.recycleforwardnow.org. It only takes a few minutes to organize a campaign. Recycle Forward provides all the resources necessary to promote and run a successful recycling drive in any community. Just set up a collection box, then print posters and circulate flyers to publicize the drop location. Pre-paid shipping labels are provided to participants to ship items directly to Cartridges for Kids for processing.


Recycle Forward streamlines the fundraising process so that 100% of the schools’ funding can be used to purchase new technology directly on Digital Wish, like an online bank account.  It doesn’t cost anything to participate and the shipping labels are free to stretch fundraising dollars even further. All of the money earned from the recycling drive will automatically appear in the school’s Digital Wish account within 30 days.


“We ran a community recycling day at my twins’ school and raised $850 on a Saturday! It’s incredibly important to encourage recycling with school children from a young age,” said Heather Chirtea, executive director and founder of Digital Wish, “Recycle Forward rewards schools for helping the environment and everyone benefits.  With Double Pay for Earth Day, we can make an even greater impact by turning old technology into cash and providing new technology for needy classrooms.”


PTAs, community members, schools, and classrooms are invited to register and run a Recycle Forward campaign.  To learn more please visit: www.recycleforwardnow.org. To qualify, collected items should be picked up by FedEx any time on April 25- 27. It’s easy to request free shipping labels online. Just write “Double Pay” on the free pre-paid shipping label and earn more cash for classroom technology! If you have any questions about the Double Pay for Earth Day promotion, please contact Cartridges for Kids at 800-420-0235 or contact@cartridgesforkids.com.


About Cartridges for Kids
Cartridges for Kids is a recycling program that pays schools cash for cell phones, laser/inkjet cartridges, laptops, digital cameras, iPods, PDAs, video games & consoles, DVDs and GPS devices.


About Digital Wish
Digital Wish is a non-profit on a mission to solve technology shortfalls in K-12 classrooms. The www.digitalwish.org website is designed to help teachers locate much-needed funding for classroom technology. In addition to awarding over fifty grants this year, Digital Wish provides a host of fundraising ideas and allows teachers to e-mail and print their technology wish lists so that parents and community members can contribute. Digital Wish has made over 23,000 technology wishes come true for American teachers.

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Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, jon.gallup@digitalwish.org
Digital Wish
PO Box 1072
Manchester Center, Vermont 05255-1072
(802) 375-6721 X-222

Enter the Video Innovation Lesson Plan Contest - Four Classrooms Will Win 10 Flip Video Cameras for Innovative Lesson Ideas
Posted by John Sullivan at 01:41:22 PM Wed 02/23/2011
Manchester Center, VT- February 18th, 2011- Innovative educators could win 10 Flip video cameras for their classroom by submitting their best lesson plans utilizing Flip video cameras to the Video Innovation Lesson Plan Contest. The Digital Wish and Flip Video™ sponsored contest will award the creators of the four most innovative lesson plan submissions with classroom sets of 10 Flip UltraHD™ 1 hour video cameras to multiply their project possibilities.

It's easy for any K-12 educator to enter the Video Innovation Lesson Plan Contest. Teachers submit their best lesson plan ideas that utilize Flip video cameras. Lesson plans may cover any subject area. Entries will be judged based on their utilization of Flip video cameras, degree of innovation and originality, and level of student involvement.

Teachers do not need to include a video with their initial lesson plan submissions. However, if their lesson plan idea is selected as a winner, they must use their new Flip UltraHD™ cameras to create and submit a video that demonstrates their winning idea. All accepted lesson plans, regardless of whether they win or not, will be shared at www.digitalwish.org.

Enter one of four categories, including K-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, 6th-8th grade, and 9th-12th grade. One winner will be chosen from each grade range. All entrants must be full time K-12 teachers registered on Digital Wish. The deadline for submissions is March 31st, 2011.

"We've seen the use of Flip video cameras in the classroom surge as they've become the most affordable and fun tool to raise student engagement and interest in the curriculum," said Basho Mosko, program manager at Flip Video™. "This lesson plan contest will benefit not only the winners, but teachers across the country who want more ideas about how they can enrich their curriculum through video."

"We've had such a huge response to Digital Wish's 2-for-1 matching program for the Flip video cameras and we wanted to give classroom teachers an outlet to share their best ideas with their fellow educators across the nation," said Heather Chirtea, founder and executive director of Digital Wish. "Every teacher using Flip video cameras in their classroom can benefit from returning to Digital Wish to use our free community resources, such as educator- made lesson plans and new classroom technology grants."

Video has the power to invigorate and enhance any curriculum, allowing teachers to seamlessly incorporate technology into their classrooms. Flip video cameras' simple, one-touch recording and compact size make them the ideal tool for teachers and students alike, and the powerful FlipShare™ software included with the video camera makes editing and sharing videos a snap.

About Cisco
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. This year celebrates 25 years of technology innovation, operational excellence and corporate social responsibility. Cisco's vision for the consumer is to enable people to live a connected life that is more personal, more social, and more visual. Further information about Cisco and its full line of consumer products including Linksys, Valet and Flip Video can be found at www.theflip.com, http://home.cisco.com and www.cisco.com/consumer.


About Digital Wish
Digital Wish is a non-profit on a mission to solve technology shortfalls in K-12 classrooms. The www.digitalwish.org website is designed to help teachers locate much-needed funding for classroom technology. In addition to awarding over fifty grants this year, Digital Wish provides a host of fundraising ideas and allows teachers to e-mail and print their technology wish lists so that parents and community members can contribute.
Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, jon.gallup@digitalwish.org
Digital Wish
PO Box 1072
Manchester Center, Vermont 05255-1072
(802) 375-6721 X-222

Digital Wish Makes Wishes Come True with New GorillaPod Tripod Bundle
Posted by John Sullivan at 03:56:28 PM Tue 02/01/2011

Manchester Center, VT- February 1, 2011- Digital Wish is excited to announce a new Digital Wish Deal to kick off February: the "2 X 2 GorillaPod Tripod Bundle", including 2 GorillaPod Original Tripods, 2 GorillaPod Magnetic Tripods, and the "Adventures in Technology" lesson plan book/CD set for just $70 (retail $109.78).  This bundle is over 36% off the retail price and it's only available for purchase or donation to schools through www.digitalwish.org. Teachers can take advantage of the discount, add the bundle to their wish lists, and invite parents and community members to make their technology wishes come true.

GorillaPod Tripods are perfect for classroom projects with either still or video cameras, including Flip video cameras! While other tripods require a flat surface, the uniquely bendable legs on GorillaPods allow them to wrap around any surface, be it a desk leg, a fence, or even a playground jungle gym. The magnetic GorillaPods can even stick to metal surfaces with powerful magnets in their feet!

This GorillaPod bundle replaces the first Digital Wish Deal, the 2-for- $200 Olympus Camera Bundle.  Those who took advantage of that bundle or the Flip Video Camera 2-for-1 promotion will be able to use the new GorillaPods with those products in their classroom.

"GorillaPods are fun, edgy, and allow for creative shooting in any location," said Heather Chirtea, founder and Executive Director of Digital Wish, "These are the coolest camera accessories I've seen this year, so we're excited to bring these versatile tools to educators at such a great price. We want to help teachers stretch their scarce technology budgets further!"

The promotion is expected to run throughout the school year so educators are encouraged to add the bundle to their wish list at http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/product?id=4348 and invite parents and community members to make their wishes come true!

About Digital Wish
Digital Wish is a non-profit on a mission to solve technology shortfalls in K-12 classrooms. The www.digitalwish.org website is designed to help teachers locate much-needed funding for classroom technology. In addition to awarding over fifty grants this year, Digital Wish provides a host of fundraising ideas and allows teachers to e-mail and print their technology wish lists so that parents and community members can contribute.

Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, jon.gallup@digitalwish.org
Digital Wish
PO Box 1072
Manchester Center, Vermont 05255-1072
(802) 375-6721 X-222

Digital Wish Announces “The Digital Wish Deal” for Educators Nationwide
Posted by John Sullivan at 04:02:16 PM Fri 01/21/2011

Manchester Center, VT- January 20th, 2011- It's called "The Digital Wish Deal" and it's the hottest new opportunity for teachers from Digital Wish. Their first offering? A specially priced photography bundle that includes two Olympus T-100 digital cameras, two 2-Gigabyte SD cards, two Olympus neoprene cameras cases, and the "Digital Photography for Educators" instructional book/CD set for just $200. The catch? There isn't one, but there is only a limited supply, so teachers must act fast to grab one of these hot bundles! Donors can also buy this bundle for their favorite teacher.

Digital Wish is already recognized for their educator-only 2-for-1 deal on Flip UltraHD™ video cameras, and now plans to regularly refresh their "Digital Wish Deal" with new promotions and specially priced educational technology products.

"With ever-decreasing budgets from school districts, educators need a low-cost, high quality solution to bring technology into their classrooms," said Heather Chirtea, Executive Director and founder of Digital Wish, "We designed 'The Digital Wish Deal' in response to the constant stream of product requests that teachers send to us. We're working behind the scenes with a number of manufacturers to set up special teacher-only discounts that support technology integration for K-12 classrooms."

Digital Wish empowers educators with all the tools they need to creatively and effectively engage their students in relevant learning with a jam-packed lesson plan library and year-round grant opportunities.


About Digital Wish
Digital Wish is a non-profit on a mission to solve technology shortfalls in K-12 classrooms. The www.digitalwish.org website is designed to help teachers locate much-needed funding for classroom technology. In addition to awarding over fifty grants this year, Digital Wish provides a host of fundraising ideas and allows teachers to e-mail and print their technology wish lists so that parents and community members can contribute.

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Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, jon.gallup@digitalwish.org
Digital Wish
PO Box 1072
Manchester Center, Vermont 05255-1072
(802) 375-6721 X-222

Grateful Teachers Share Donation Stories Made Possible by International Cars, Ltd.
Posted by John Sullivan at 11:57:19 AM Wed 12/22/2010

Manchester Center, VT - December 9th, 2010 - Digital Wish dispersed $10,000 in donations from International Cars, Ltd.'s "National Back to School" month celebration. This past August, the International Cars, Ltd. (ICL) family of dealerships-including Honda North, Porsche of Stratham, Audi Stratham, Dover Honda and Dover Chevrolet- asked its customers and community to join them in celebrating "National Back to School" month. For each vehicle sold throughout the month of August, each of ICL's six dealerships pledged to donate $100 to local schools through Digital Wish. In September, Digital Wish received $10,000 to distribute to various New England classrooms, and some very grateful teachers are sharing how they plan to use the donation funds.
Angi Manning-Welch, a teacher at the New Franklin School in Portsmouth, NH, said she plans to use the money to obtain a PA system for an annual project in Boston.

"Students research different topics that match up with stops along the Freedom Trail in Boston, and then turn their research into an expository speech. In the spring each year, all 5th graders go to Boston and give their speech along the trail. We hope that the Teacher PA system we were able to purchase because of the ICL donation, will allow all students to be heard over the sounds of the city!"


Jen Lapham, a teacher at Newbury Elementary School, was incredibly grateful for the donation and had many different ideas!

"We were thrilled to receive two Flip Cameras and add such fun technology to our class. I'm planning on using the cameras for activities such as: Reader's Theater, "documentaries" about Rocks and Minerals and Plant Life, theater productions about colonial life in Massachusetts, reading fluency practice, and so much more! I'm working with our technology director to see how we can even upload videos to our school website so that parents and classmates can view our creativity."

Heather Chirtea, Digital Wish executive president and founder, said, "Digital Wish is very grateful to International Cars, Ltd. for holding this wonderful promotion, but nothing can compare to the joy and excitement these teachers are feeling by having their wishes granted! The students are the true beneficiaries. "

Classrooms that received donations have written heartfelt, handmade thank you cards to International Cars, Ltd. for their generous program to help Digital Wish solve technology shortfalls in classrooms across America.

About International Cars, Ltd:

International Cars, Ltd. is an employee owned company comprised of five New England area dealerships. The New Hampshire locations include: Dover Honda, Dover Chevrolet, Dover Auto World Collision Center; Porsche of Stratham and Audi Stratham. Honda North is located in Danvers, Massachusetts. The International Cars' team, company-wide, is one that values ownership, accountability, and the importance of high-level service and customer satisfaction.

International Cars is headquartered at Honda North in Danvers, MA and is the recipient of several industry awards, including the 2007 Governor's Highway Safety Association Peter K. O'Rourke Special Achievement Award and the Time Magazine 2006 Quality Dealer Award. Honda North is a 3-time Honda President's Award winner, which is the most prestigious honor that Honda can grant to one of its dealerships. Dover Auto World in NH is a two-time President's Award winner. Audi Stratham is a 2009 recipient of the Magna Society Award from Audi of America for excellence in customer service and performance. International Cars has also earned several AACE (Annual Award for Communications Excellence) Awards through The National ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) Association.

The Employee Owners of International Cars, Ltd. take great pride in supporting charitable based initiatives that directly impact their local communities. This type of involvement is an integral part of the success of employee ownership. For more information on International Cars, please call Ebben Zall Group at 781-449-3244 or visit www.iclautos.com.


About Digital Wish
Digital Wish is a non-profit on a mission to solve technology shortfalls in K-12 classrooms. The www.digitalwish.org website is designed to help teachers locate much-needed funding for classroom technology. In addition to awarding over fifty grants this year, Digital Wish provides a host of fundraising ideas and allows teachers to e-mail and print their technology wish lists so that parents and community members can contribute.

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Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, jon.gallup@digitalwish.org
Digital Wish
PO Box 1072
Manchester Center, Vermont 05255-1072
(802) 375-6721 X-222

Digital Wish Announces New Classroom Grants for 2011
Posted by John Sullivan at 02:38:23 PM Thu 12/16/2010

Manchester Center, VT - December 15th, 2010 - Digital Wish has unveiled their highly anticipated 2011 grants calendar, featuring over fifty technology grants for K-12 classrooms. By simply uploading a technology-based lesson plan to Digital Wish's lesson plan library, teachers become eligible to win a myriad of educational software programs for their classrooms.

Lesson plan submissions must demonstrate creativity, student involvement, and describe how the software would be utilized to complete the project. The grants calendar has a combination of recurring and themed grants, with something new and exciting happening each month to encourage repeat participation! With over $30,000 worth of software and licensing up for grabs, teachers across the country will soon be able to enhance their curricula with great new technology!

"Digital Wish grants are a wonderful way for teachers to get new technology in their classrooms while sharing lesson plans with fellow educators. We're thrilled to be awarding some exciting new software, including student-friendly video editing software that's perfect for teachers who have taken advantage of our 2-for-1 deal on Flip video cameras," said Heather Chirtea, Digital Wish's executive director and founder.


About Digital Wish
Digital Wish is a non-profit on a mission to solve technology shortfalls in K-12 classrooms. The www.digitalwish.org website is designed to help teachers locate much-needed funding for classroom technology. In addition to awarding over fifty grants this year, Digital Wish provides a host of fundraising ideas and allows teachers to e-mail and print their technology wish lists so that parents and community members can contribute.

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Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, jon.gallup@digitalwish.org
Digital Wish
PO Box 1072
Manchester Center, Vermont 05255-1072
(802) 375-6721 X-222

Livescribe Partners with Digital Wish to Provide Teachers with Education Discounts for Echo™ Smartpens
Posted by John Sullivan at 09:37:27 AM Tue 11/09/2010

Manchester Center, VT - Nov. 9, 2010 - Digital Wish (www.digitalwish.org), an online registry for education technology funded by individual and corporate donations, announced today a partnership with Livescribe (www.livescribe.com), which allows individual educators to purchase a Livescribe Echo smartpen at a discounted price, along with supporting K-12 education-related materials and tools.

The Livescribe Echo smartpen simultaneously captures everything a person hears and writes, making it possible for students and teachers to easily revisit classroom instruction, professional development meetings, parent-teacher conferences and in-class observations. Students, teachers, and parents can simply tap on their written notes either directly on paper or on a computer via the Livescribe Desktop software. Educators can share an interactive copy of their synchronized notes and audio called "pencasts" with their students, parents and colleagues. Pencasts can be shared in three ways: as a .pencast file, through Livescribe's online community, or even directly on a blog or website.

"Livescribe's smartpens are transforming the classroom," said Holly De Leon, Livescribe vice president, K-12 sales. "Educators don't need to learn a new technology or alter the way they teach to reap immediate benefits from using a smartpen in class. In a matter of minutes, teachers can begin using Echo for personal productivity, to share lessons with their students online or even put the smartpen in the hands of their students to understand their thought process in answering a question. We're excited to make our technology even more accessible to the individual teacher through our partnership with Digital Wish."

Digital Wish founder, Heather Chirtea said, "We are very excited to be working jointly with Livescribe to help teachers. We scour the market looking for new classroom technology and Livescribe's smartpen cleverly solves many classroom challenges."

How it Works

Through Digital Wish, educators can purchase the 8GB Echo smartpen at the 10 percent discounted price of $179.96. In addition, each purchase will include the education bundle which contains a notebook, USB connector cable, two ink cartridges, K-12 Deployment Guide, and MyScript Software,* a handwriting to text transcription application. The 10 percent discount also applies to the 4GB Echo smartpen.

To access this exclusive offer, educators can register their classroom at www.digitalwish.org and purchase directly through the Digital Wish Online Shopping Area. Non-educators can purchase Echo smartpens for their favorite classroom in online classroom profiles.

The program is available exclusively for classroom usage in non-profit PreK-12 classrooms in the US. Purchase is limited to two Echo smartpens per classroom.

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About Digital Wish

Digital Wish is a non-profit on a mission to solve technology shortfalls in American classrooms. Educators build technology wish lists and describe how each resource will be utilized. They can share fundraising campaign plans or browse a free lesson plan library to find pertinent project ideas that outline the best ways to use their new classroom 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.

About Livescribe

Livescribe is fundamentally changing the way people capture, access and share information with pen and paper. Livescribe's smartpens provide students with unlimited access to teacher instruction-anytime, anywhere. Educators can create customized instruction, monitor student progress and build a collaborative environment that drives achievement for all students. Administrators can extend staff training and knowledge sharing. Visit www.livescribe.com/education.

Since its education launch in March 2009, Livescribe has won multiple education awards, including the 2009 and 2010 Tech & Learning Award of Excellence, 2009 SIIA Most Innovative Educational technology, 2010 AEP Golden Lamp and the 2010 AEP Distinguished Achievement Award.

*MyScript included with the 8GB Echo smartpen only. 4GB Echo smartpen includes all accessories except MyScript software.

Digital Wish Media Contact:

John Sullivan

Digital Wish

802.375.6721 x210

john@digitalwish.org

Livescribe Media Contact:

Kylie Black

Sensible City

312.528.9111 x108

kylieblack@sensiblecity.com

Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, jon.gallup@digitalwish.org
Digital Wish
PO Box 1072
Manchester Center, Vermont 05255-1072
(802) 375-6721 X-222

Digital Wish Offers an Exclusive 40% Off Dell Netbook Bundle for Educators
Posted by Heather Chirtea at 04:36:29 PM Thu 10/07/2010

Manchester Center, VT, October 7, 2010-  Buy a netbook, and get a bundle!  Digital Wish and Dell are bringing educators an unbeatable netbook package deal with everything teachers need for the classroom.  The rugged Dell Latitude 2110 netbook includes a webcam,  printer / scanner / copier, extra ink, Microsoft OfficeProPlus 2010, a long-life 6- cell battery, the Adventures in Technology Book/CD and a 3 year warranty, for just $629.  This educators-only price is 40% off the retail price and can be found solely on the Digital Wish website at www.digitalwish.org .

The Dell Latitude 2110 netbook is back-pack ready, coated in rubber, and boasts 2 gigabytes of pre-installed memory for fast performance. The 6-cell battery can last nearly a whole school day without recharging, and the onboard webcam greatly enhances teaching and learning. The highly rated Dell V313 All-In-One Printer / Scanner / Copier is ideal for class projects and every teacher will appreciate the included cable and extra print cartridge.  Microsoft OfficeProPlus bundle includes an extensive collection of powerful business class tools, including Word, Powerpoint, and Excel.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this package at such an fantastic price,” said Digital Wish Founder and Executive Director Heather Chirtea, “We spent a lot of time looking at many models, and this model was tough enough for any classroom. It is amazing that we are able to offer these Dell packages at such a low price and we hope this exclusive deal through Digital Wish will encourage schools to bring more resources into the classroom at a lower budget.”

The Latitude 2110 is hailed as a “compact, ultra-portable computing solution” by Dell and measures just 10.1” in size.  Originally purposed for the K-12 education market, it has been unexpectedly picked up by large business and government clients because of its accessible interface and exceptional portability.

“By getting these computers into the hands of children at a young age, we can prepare them with the skills they need to compete in today’s economy,” says Chirtea, “Our children will be learning skills that will truly help them enter college and find employment after graduation.”

Limited quantities, while supplies last. Promotion ends 10/22/2010.

About Digital Wish
Digital Wish is a non-profit on a mission to solve technology shortfalls in American classrooms. Educators build technology wish lists and describe how each resource will be utilized. They can share fundraising campaign plans or browse a free lesson plan library to find pertinent project ideas that outline the best ways to use their new classroom 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.

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Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, jon.gallup@digitalwish.org
Digital Wish
PO Box 1072
Manchester Center, Vermont 05255-1072
(802) 375-6721 X-222

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