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50% Match on Flip Camcorders for K-12 Educators- Renewed This School Year at Digital Wish
Posted by John Sullivan at 03:40:36 PM Tue 09/14/2010

Manchester Center, VT, September 14, 2010 - Buy one Flip camcorder, get another free! Thanks to the generous support of Flip Video, Digital Wish is proud to offer the ideal tool for integrating video into your classroom AGAIN for the 2010 back-to-school season!

Over 30,000 Flip Camcorders were placed into the hands of teachers nationwide last year. Have you reached your cap? If you have purchased fewer than two sets of Flips through this program, you are still eligible. If you have reached your cap, we encourage you to forward the news to co-workers who have not yet heard about this exclusive offering to Digital Wish educators.

Just log in to http://www.digitalwish.org and click on the 2-for-1 banner or use the link below to access the product page. You can either purchase it directly or add it to your wish list, and tell everyone you know about how they can help make a difference in your classroom.

We at Flip Video and Digital Wish are committed to helping teachers bring video into the classroom and share the great work that happens there.

Check it out: http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/product?id=4310

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. Classroom stories are posted online, for review by any donor. Teachers can fundraise for technology or browse a free lesson plan library to find curriculum ideas. Digital Wish works with many institutions to set up cost-free grant programs for schools, and matches every donation with an additional 2%-10% in funding. Visit www.digitalwish.org.

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

Vote Today- Help Digital Wish Make the Technology Wishes of over 500 US Classrooms Come True
Posted by John Sullivan at 11:38:46 AM Thu 09/02/2010
Manchester Center, VT, September 1, 2010 - Your votes are needed to help Digital Wish make the technology wishes of over 500 classrooms come true. In order to win the funding required to see these wishes realized, Digital Wish must generate the most votes in the month of September and finish as one of the top two $250,000 awardees on www.refresheverything.com/digitalwish. If Digital Wish wins, US classrooms win! The classrooms that generate the most votes for Digital Wish will be awarded total classroom technology makeovers valued at $10,000. Supporters are encouraged to vote every day throughout the month of September.

Every teacher’s profile on Digital Wish contains a direct link to the Pepsi Refresh site. Teachers are encouraged to invite their parent and student networks to visit their Digital Wish profile and follow the voting link to the Pepsi Refresh site. We count every vote. The more votes teachers generate through their Digital Wish profile, the better chance they will have to see their biggest classroom technology dreams fulfilled!

The three teachers who garner the most votes throughout the month of September will receive $10,000 total classroom technology makeovers. The four teachers with the next highest amount of votes will have their wishes of up to $5,000 fulfilled. After that, 100 teachers will receive $500 worth of technology wishes, and 400 more educators will receive $250 worth of technology wishes. These wishes will be fulfilled using technology from Digital Wish’s extensive online catalog. With multiple exclusive deals with leading technology manufacturers, Digital Wish is the premiere source for educational technology.

These 507 classrooms will only have their wishes fulfilled if Digital Wish ranks in the top two for the month of September on Pepsi Refresh. If you would like to help Digital Wish’s cause, you can either vote for them directly at www.PepsiRefresh.com/DigitalWish, or you can visit the Digital Wish homepage at www.digitalwish.org to find your favorite teacher and help them win their classroom technology wish by clicking on the Pepsi Refresh button from their profile. One vote is allowed per day, so return often to help Digital Wish and your favorite classroom receive new technology.

According to Digital Wish’s Founder and Executive Director Heather Chirtea, “Every classroom teacher has a huge network of parents and students who care about technology. If even a handful of people from those networks vote, Digital Wish will be able to enhance learning for thousands of students nationwide. These fulfilled wishes will spark a wave of technological upgrades and inspire teachers to refresh their curriculum.”

Digital Wish hopes back-to-school excitement will fuel their campaign with fresh energy and propel them to victory. “We couldn’t have asked for a better time to be campaigning for this project than right now,” said Chirtea. “This could start the school year off right for many classrooms that suffer from a shortfall of new technology.”

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. Classroom stories are posted online, for review by any donor. Teachers can fundraise for technology or browse a free lesson plan library to find curriculum ideas. Digital Wish works with many institutions to set up cost-free grant programs for schools, and matches every donation with an additional 2%-10% in funding. Visit www.digitalwish.org.
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

e-Vermont Aims at Rural Towns
Posted by Jon Ketchum at 01:05:01 PM Thu 05/20/2010

Digital Wish is proud to be a part of the Vermont Council on Rural
Development team helping to increase community broadband usage
throughout the state of Vermont. Our goal is to effectively manage the
education initiative,  stimulating increased broadband use throughout
the state by implementing 1:1 computing in area schools.

MONTPELIER, VT – e-Vermont is a new $4 million initiative to help
rural Vermont towns take full advantage of the Internet and advance a
wide variety of local needs including economic development, school
innovation, job creation, downtown marketing, community engagement,
and e-commerce.Two dozen communities statewide will be selected to
work with the new e-Vermont Partnership in a comprehensive effort
combining online services, training, access, awareness, and planning.


By reaching the bedrocks of Vermont communities—schools, businesses,
municipal government, libraries, health and social services
groups—e-Vermont will promote new collaborative efforts for
identifying and implementing previously untapped resources and help
our towns fully realize the potential of the digital age.


The e-Vermont project will learn from each of the selected towns and
share these best practices in the uses of digital tools through
symposia and conferences statewide.


e-Vermont is supported by a $2.5 million stimulus grant from the U.S.
Department of Commerce. Additional support comes from the Evslin
Family Foundation, Vermont Community Foundation, the Jan and David
Blittersdorf Foundation, UVM’s Center for Rural Studies, the Vermont
Rural Partnership and by donated services and equipment from Dell,
Microsoft, and Comcast.


Key to this major campaign is the new “e-Vermont Partnership” led by
the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD). VCRD is a non-profit
organization dedicated to the support of the locally-defined progress
of Vermont's rural communities.


In addition to VCRD, the e-Vermont Partnership is made up of the
Vermont State Colleges, the Vermont Department of Libraries, the
Vermont Department of Public Service, Vermont Small Business
Development Center, the Snelling Center for Government, Front Porch
Forum, Digital Wish, Evslin Family Foundation and Vermont Community
Foundation.


Local committees in participating towns will work with VCRD staff and
the e-partners to customize a two year plan from a menu of programs
and services such as:

- e-government - training and consultation on podcasting, on-line
meetings, community scheduling, website development.

- Front Porch Forums that link neighbors to each other and to local services
Computer equipment and enhancement of e-services in libraries.

- Free Netbook computers for 4-5th graders and extensive teacher
training to imbed technology in the curriculum.

- Specialized classes ranging from basic computer literacy to advanced
applications to meet the range of community and business needs.

- e-commerce classes and one-to-one counseling for local businesses.

- Building community calendars, business directories, buy-local maps,
arts and crafts tours, sports schedules, ride shares, and a variety of
new locally-driven digital applications.

- Expanding on-line computer health information and opportunities.

- Expanding the use of web-based tools to facilitate community
engagement and advance locally-designed initiatives.

“The federal stimulus money provides a tremendous opportunity for
Vermonters to ensure that our communities take full advantage of
broadband technology, including advancing the bottom line of our
businesses,” said VCRD Executive Director Paul Costello. 

Vermont’s congressional delegates have been strong supporters of the
e-Vermont concept.  Senator Leahy pointed out: "The impact of
e-Vermont will yield both short-term and long-term community
development benefits, creating new jobs, educating children and using
technology to improve Vermonters' lives."

e-Vermont partners worked closely with Vermont’s stimulus office
through the application process.  According to Governor Douglas, "This
effort is a key part of the SmartVermont strategy. In order to reach
our goals in e-Education, e-Health, e-government, and e-Energy, we
need to remove all obstacles to Internet use for Vermonters. Even when
the problem of access is solved, other challenges like lack of
equipment and training remain.”

Municipal leaders and other local organizations that are interested in
having their towns apply should contact Margaret Gibson McCoy at VCRD
at 802-223-6091 or by email at info@vtrural.org.  Details on the
application process are posted at www.vtrural.org.

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 Wishes Can Come True!
Posted by Jon Ketchum at 10:17:06 AM Thu 05/06/2010
When Dozier Elementary relocated back to their school plant in August of 2009, goals were set to help the school begin rebuilding by acquiring digital cameras, attaining computers and software and gaining flip cameras for the school.  Through months of work, some of their set goals are surfacing, showing that “digital wishes” can come true!

On Friday, April 23rd, Dozier teachers and students experienced a double surprise for their technology program. The morning began at a faculty meeting when Robert Vincent, President of the 4th of July Association was on hand to donate $1000 to a classroom teacher for technology. Chosen for the classroom donation was 5th grade teacher, Suzette Stutes. The criteria used in the selection was  (a) student use of technology in her classroom the past few years  (b) maintaining an OnCourse web page and her own website (c) a need for updated computers (d) Professional Development (LaTel Course and more). With the donation, three CPU’s were purchased and one flat screen monitor. Dozier Elementary teachers then picked up money amongst themselves and her “Dozier” friends were able to give Stutes an additional five flat screen monitors. With the 3 CPU’s she currently had, the three additional CPU’s and the six new flat screen monitors, Stutes now has a complete set up of six updated computers. In addition to the computers, Suzette Stutes recently learned that she won Digital Wish Novel Writing Grant, which offers $1000 of software. The Tool Factory network license can be used by the entire school.

About an hour later, KATC TV 3 news crew visited Dozier Elementary to share student digital cameras purchased through the “Tools for Schools” program.  Through Borden and Home Bank, the school was given 3 digital student cameras and 2 flip cameras. KATC TV 3 was able to easily purchase the cameras through the Digital Wish Foundation on Dozier Elementary’s website. On hand to make the donation were KATC TV 3 Reporter Tracy Wiertz, cameramen Jude Chiasson and John Melancon. Dale Soileau and Elsie from Borden and Jennifer LeMeunier from Home Bank were all present for the “Schools for Tools” presentation. Lori Porter’s 4th grade and Amy Champagne’s 1st grade classrooms were visited.

With other community and parent donations, Digital Wish has connected parent and community donations as well. With additional cash donations, earmarked for the school, purchased were two more student cameras and accessories for all five new cameras. (Memory cards, bags, chargers and mini tripods.) With the one flip camera already in the school, they now have three flip cameras for student projects and five student digital cameras as well.

Parents have also generously donated both software and cash to the school through Digital Wish. Digital Wish is a foundation that matches schools, teachers and donors.  At this time Stacy Broussard, Lori Porter, Maleigha Viator, Jennifer Toups and Jenny Domingues have received cash donations.  In addition to one parent purchased five computer licenses of “Reading for Meaning” software for Jennifer Toups classes and six licenses for math software for Maleigha Viator’s students.

Principal Karla Toups and Assistant Principal Natalie Hebert and the teachers are appreciative of all donations. They encourage anyone interested in helping to look at the Digital Wish link on their website @ http://www.vrml.k12.la.us/dozier. Tech Specialist and volunteer Stacy Bodin stated “with upcoming budget cuts here, any help with the technology program would be appreciated.” Bodin also stated that “upcoming Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2nd-8th) would be an opportune time use the Digital Wish program to help the teachers.”

With a total of over $4000 of technology items donated to the school since they their launched their Digital Wish/Technology Campaign” in February,  it is obvious that Dozier Elementary now believes that “digital wishes can really come true!”
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

Sherston America Opens Office in the US and Announces New Software Grants
Posted by Jon Ketchum at 03:46:13 PM Tue 04/27/2010
Portland, Oregon, April 27, 2010 — BLi Education Ltd. has expanded its operations to include new offices in the US. Headquartered in Portland, OR, “the opening of our US offices under the name Sherston America will provide innovative educational tools used by thousands of schools around the world to students throughout the US. We look forward to making a difference in the lives of American students, as we have done for more than 25 years in the UK,” says CEO Andrew Foyle.  

With the opening of its offices, Sherston America announces a new partnership with Digital Wish to award 50 software grants to elementary and middle school teachers. The grants will provide 50 recipients copies of either BBC Science Simulations 3 or Alphabet Track to support the integration of technology into science and reading classrooms.  

BBC Science Simulations 3 challenges students ages 9-12 to explore the world of science by running simulated experiments.  After selecting variables and control times, students can view the results of their experiments as animations and/or dynamically generated tables, graphs, and diagrams. ‘Questions’ mode provides a series of focused questions based on the simulation to promote analysis. Students then have the opportunity to manipulate the variables and observe different results. Seven interactive simulations are provided, including: Exercise and Health, Plant Germination and Growth, Food Webs, Forces and Friction, Changes of State, Electrical Circuits, and Light and Shadows. Teacher controls allow you to configure the access to specific simulations, questions, and graphs, as well as enter multi-simulation mode for side-by-side comparisons. Perfect for whiteboards!

Alphabet Track is the second program in the five part On Track series of research-based software designed to teach students the basics of fluency. Award-winning Alphabet Track uses and reinforces the familiar alphabet arc format used by many structured, multi-sensory programs to teach emerging readers and learners with dyslexia. Alphabet Track encourages users to learn the order of the alphabet and to locate and place each letter in the alphabet quickly and consistently. Recording pupils’ or teachers' voices when reciting the alphabet provides auditory reinforcement. Alphabet Track improves visual and auditory sequential memory, encourages concentration skills, and increases keyboard awareness. All products in the On Track series are switch compatible.

To apply for these grants, visit Digital Wish and upload a unique lesson plan idea for the software. Winners will be selected based on need and asked to close the grant by submitting a brief description of their experience with the software. Winners will be selected May 28, 2010. Visit www.digitalwish.org

About Sherston America

For over two decades Sherston has been one of the UK's leading providers of educational software, with content covering every part of the curriculum. Its award winning software and outstanding reputation have been built by providing schools with innovative, engaging products based on sound educational theory. Sherston America is a part of the BLi Education Ltd.  www.sherstonamerica.com

About Digital Wish

Digital Wish is on a mission to modernize classrooms and prepare students for tomorrow's workforce. Digital Wish promotes the early adoption of technology in schools by providing a platform for teachers and educators to develop technology wish lists, share project plans, collaborate on best practices, and purchase technology in a cost-effective manner. By streamlining and targeting the process of giving, Digital Wish allows large and small-scale donors to directly impact their local schools. www.digitalwish.org 
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

Recycle Electronics for Earth Day and Raise Money for Local Schools
Posted by Jon Ketchum at 10:02:38 AM Thu 04/22/2010
Manchester Center, VT, April 22, 2010- Just in time for the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, Digital Wish and Cartridges for Kids have teamed up to launch Recycle Forward, a national green initiative that raises money for schools by recycling small electronics, cell phones, and ink cartridges.

This Earth Day, we invite businesses, community members, and schools nationwide to sign up at www.recycleforwardnow.org and start recycling electronics to reduce hazardous waste and raise money for our schools’ technology funds to help our children succeed in a global community. Digital Wish also donates an additional 2-10% back to a school after each purchase, making fundraised dollars stretch even further.

How does the program work?  Anyone can register for free at recycleforwardnow.org to start a campaign for local schools.  Step-by-step instructions and print-ready marketing materials are available online for an easy-to-implement campaign.  If you are a business, simply place a drop box in your lobby and encourage employee participation.  Individuals can ask local businesses to do the same and collect items for the campaign.  Free shipping labels can be printed online, making it simple to send in your collected items. Fundraised money will build in an online account to distribute to classrooms of your choice.  Your favorite schools will be able to use the funding on Digital Wish to purchase brand new classroom technology.

Recycle Forward is a unique opportunity for businesses and individuals to contribute to their favorite schools’ technology funds while reducing electronic waste and spreading eco-awareness. Anyone can register for free and run a Recycle Forward campaign.  Sign up today at www.recycleforwardnow.org.

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 on a mission to modernize classrooms and prepare students for tomorrow's workforce. Digital Wish promotes the early adoption of technology in schools by providing a platform for teachers and educators to develop technology wish lists, share project plans, collaborate on best practices, and purchase technology in a cost-effective manner. By streamlining and targeting the process of giving, Digital Wish allows large and small-scale donors to directly impact their local schools. www.digitalwish.org

Program Contact: Lindsay McFillin, Development Manager
E-mail: Lindsay@digitalwish.org Phone: 802-375-6721 x209
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

Start an Earth Day Campaign - Schools Earn New Technology, by Recycling Used Technology!
Posted by Digital Wish Support at 01:39:58 PM Thu 03/18/2010
Manchester Center, VT, March 17, 2010- Just in time for the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, Digital Wish and Cartridges for Kids have teamed up to launch Recycle Forward, a new program that allows schools to raise money for technology, by recycling cell phones, used electronics, and ink cartridges.  Participating schools can set up a community-wide recycling campaign to collect used equipment from parents and local businesses. 100% of the money earned, is automatically matched with another 2%-10% in funding on Digital Wish to make teacher’s classroom technology wishes come true!

How does the program work? Schools and community members can register for free at www.recyclforwardnow.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 print posters, set up a collection box, 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. All of the money earned from recycling drive will automatically appear in the school’s Digital Wish account.

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, the shipping labels are free, and Digital Wish donates an additional 2-10% back to the classroom after each purchase, stretching fundraising dollars even further.

Schools and individual classrooms are invited to register and run a Recycle Forward campaign.  To learn more please visit: www.recycleforwardnow.org.

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 on a mission to modernize classrooms and prepare students for tomorrow's workforce. Digital Wish promotes the early adoption of technology within schools by providing a platform for teachers and educators to develop wish lists, share project plans, collaborate on best practices, and purchase technology in a cost-effective manner. And by streamlining and targeting the process of giving, Digital Wish allows large and small-scale donors to directly impact their local schools. www.digitalwish.org

Media Contact: Lindsay McFillin, Development Manager

E-mail: Lindsay@digitalwish.org

Phone: 484-903-9594 X-209

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

Doing IT for Good Selects Digital Wish as $50,000 Grant Recipient
Posted by Jon Ketchum at 10:56:10 AM Tue 02/02/2010

Funds Will Help Bring More Technology to K-12 Classrooms Across the U.S.

NEW YORK- Doing IT for Good (DITFG), the corporate philanthropy platform of strategic advisory firm Landmark Ventures, today announces Digital Wish as the 2010 beneficiary of a $50,000 financial and consulting grant. Digital Wish is an online forum where teachers can find funding for their technology wish lists, and communities can engage with local schools with the goal of modernizing K-12 classrooms with technology and preparing students for tomorrow's workforce.

 “The selection of Digital Wish provides a unique opportunity for the DITFG network to apply its expertise and thought leadership to support a promising organization at a critical stage of development”

DITFG focuses on leveraging Landmark’s experience and relationships across the technology and financial sectors toward the support of deserving nonprofits. The program aims to encourage new methods of corporate social responsibility and increase the social impact of Landmark’s company, community and network.

“The selection of Digital Wish provides a unique opportunity for the DITFG network to apply its expertise and thought leadership to support a promising organization at a critical stage of development,” said Landmark Ventures General Partner Zeev Klein. “And through their work of connecting teachers and corporations to bring technology into local classrooms, working with Digital Wish will allow us to support an extensive underserved community of thousands of K-12 students.”

“We are very thankful to Doing IT for Good for selecting Digital Wish as the grant recipient. We currently have more than 116,000 schools listed on Digital Wish, 26,037 educators and donor registrants from all 50 states, and source over 700 technology products from 54 vendors. This grant will help us increase these numbers and strengthen our foundation so we can continue to help today’s students become tomorrow’s leaders,” said Digital Wish Founder and Executive Director Heather Chirtea.

About Landmark Ventures/DITFG

Founded in 2007 by Landmark Ventures, Doing IT for Good uses a unique model combining financial grants, network building, and ongoing organizational assistance to promote corporate social responsibility within the technology arena. Landmark Ventures is a leading strategic advisory firm offering a unique combination of venture development and global investment banking services, with a focus on serving growth oriented technology companies and their venture capital and private equity sponsors. www.landmarkventures.com

About Digital Wish

Digital Wish is on a mission to modernize classrooms and prepare students for tomorrow's workforce. Digital Wish promotes the early adoption of technology within schools by providing a platform for teachers and educators to develop wish lists, share project plans, collaborate on best practices, and purchase technology in a cost-effective manner. And by streamlining and targeting the process of giving, Digital Wish allows large and small-scale donors to directly impact their local schools. www.digitalwish.org

Contacts

For Landmark Ventures
Meredith Smith, 408-892-0574
Meredith@blendr-media.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

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