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FREE ZOOM BACKDROPS AVAILABLE FROM DIGITAL WISH TO SPICE UP YOUR ZOOM CLASSROOM
Posted by Heather Chirtea at 03:21:01 AM Tue 06/08/2021

Students and Teachers are Invited to Download at www.digitalwish.org


June 7, 2021 -- Digital Wish, a Delaware-based nonprofit, is offering free zoom backdrops for students and teachers. With fourteen free download options, the backgrounds will help keep the focus on learning and avoid awkward distractions like family members and pets running through online classes.  All of the backdrops are animated and colorful. Some feature kid-friendly landscapes, while others are typical classroom settings. Download your favorites from here


“Learning should be fun and vibrant,” says Heather Chirtea, executive director of Digital Wish. “Underprivileged students often don’t want their classmates to see inside their homes. Video backdrops provide a fun and simple way for students to maintain confidentiality while participating in video conferencing from their homes.”


Digital Wish is offering a simple way for teachers and students to keep the focus on learning. This new offer is just one of the ways the nonprofit is making it easier for students to connect to their education. The organization also offers discounted technology products, hotspots and data plans, guidance for fundraising campaigns, a directory of schools in need, lesson plans, grants and webinars for tips on how to access federal funding. So far, Digital Wish has granted more than 34,348 wishes that come in from all across the country.


About Digital Wish 

Digital Wish staff work closely with hardware and software manufacturers to provide donated and discounted technology products to K-12 schools and higher education. Since COVID-19, Digital Wish has delivered thousands of hotspots to schools. In 2009 Digital Wish was founded based on a seed grant from Olympus, and within two years, grew that to $5.9M, allowing the nonprofit to aid more than 500,000 students. Digital Wish was also awarded an Obama stimulus grant for $1.125M dollars to implement 1:1 technology in 30 towns across Vermont, increasing student technology proficiency by 30%. With a membership of 68,000 technology educators, Digital Wish is able to offer free resources by partnering with internationally known technology names, including Motorola, Dell, Verizon, Microsoft and more. Visit www.digitalwish.org to learn more. 

Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jennifer Miller, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 255
Milton, DE 19968
866.344.7758

WEBINAR SERIES EMPOWERS CORPORATIONS AND EDUCATORS TO SOLVE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
Posted by Heather Chirtea at 12:56:30 AM Wed 05/26/2021

Sign up for the webinar series, which begins May 26th


May 26, 2021 -- COVID-19 revealed that access to the internet and computing devices is not equal across schools nationwide. Eleven million students lack internet connectivity at home and some schools are still closed due to the pandemic. This week the Delaware-based nonprofit Digital Wish is releasing “Solving the Digital Divide,” a webinar series that seeks to empower corporations and schools to close the gap in technology resources that keeps students disconnected from their education. The series educates schools on where the money is, how to get it, and what to do with it. It’s also a guide for corporations on replicating programs that allow them to easily give to those communities they care about the most. The episodes cover everything from how to set up a hot spot lending library, how to launch a corporate giving program in less than 48 hours and stories of how schools have integrated technology quickly and effectively, among other topics.


The release of the series comes when $7 billion in American Rescue Act funding has just passed in Congress. This is just one of the funds that’s been dedicated to closing the homework gap by covering the cost of laptops and hotspots for students. 


According to Heather Chirtea, executive director of Digital Wish, “We have an enormous challenge to spread the word right now -- that’s why this series is so important. Most schools we talk to don’t even know the $7 billion in funding is coming. The window to apply is likely to open in June right when schools get out, and run through the holiday when most educators are on vacation. We have a huge task to spread the word so that schools can prepare.”


For those that know the funding is coming, the race is on to get schools the money they need to reconnect students to their classwork and teachers. 


“Every day we don’t solve the digital divide for a student, is one day further behind that they fall,” said Don Benton, assistant commissioner at the Arkansas Department of Education, Research and Technology Division. “It’s a corporate problem for those businesses that need to hire them when they graduate. We have a moral obligation to fix this problem.” Benton, who hosts one of the webinars, will explain how to make a large purchase of hotspots, the requirements, tips and successes from the trenches. His team jumped on the problem of solving the digital divide from the state level almost as soon as the COVID pandemic hit. He was able to purchase approximately 20,000 hotspots from three different vendors. He also posted a Facebook tutorial page on instructional technology that got 25,000 followers in the first week. 


In addition to Benton, other hosts in the series include educators, principals, a librarian, Department of Education officials, technology and grant specialists. Digital Wish has teamed up with T-Mobile, Zoom, Funds for Learning, Connected Nation, corporate speakers, and many school and state institutions to put together the webinar series, which explain programs, funding and initiatives that are available to “Solve the Digital Divide.” Webinars will be accompanied by practical links, steps, programs and solutions. A video archive with shared links will be available after every episode to encourage schools to craft copycat programs.


Schedule - “Solving the Digital Divide” Webinars:

  • Wed, May 26 2:00 PM EST - District Technology Adoption Strategies

  • Fri, May 28, 11:00:00 AM EST - Identifying What Money is Available for EdTech Funding Right Now   

  • Tue., June 1, 11AM EST -  Libraries: Setting up a Technology Lending Program and Assessing the Need   

  • Tue., June 8, 3 PM EST - Connecting Every Student with $7 Billion in Funding

  • Thu., June 10, 12:30PM - Corporate Social Responsibility, Harnessing the Future Workforce

  • Tue., June 22, 10:30 AM EST - Funding On-Campus Connections with E-rate Support    


More webinars are posting daily.  For the complete schedule of episodes go to https://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/webinars



About Digital Wish

Digital Wish staff work closely with hardware and software manufacturers to provide donated and discounted technology products to K-12 schools and higher education. Since COVID-19, Digital Wish has delivered thousands of hotspots to schools. In 2009 Digital Wish was founded based on a seed grant from Olympus, and within two years, grew that to $5.9M, allowing the nonprofit to aid more than 500,000 students. Digital Wish was also awarded an Obama stimulus grant for $1.125M dollars to implement 1:1 technology in 30 towns across Vermont, increasing student technology proficiency by 30%. With a membership of 68,000 technology educators, Digital Wish is able to offer free resources by partnering with internationally known technology names, including Motorola, Dell, Verizon, Microsoft and more. Visit www.digitalwish.org to learn more.

Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jennifer Miller, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 255
Milton, DE 19968
866.344.7758

Join us with WNBA Great Val Whiting to help close the Digital Divide
Posted by Gordon Woodrow at 08:46:55 PM Wed 05/12/2021
ONE NATION Sports Chronicles: Get a glimpse of our interview with Val Whiting, and join us on May 12 at 8PM ET to hear more insights from the 2X All American, 2X NCAA Champion and WNBA star http://ow.ly/2df650EJpD8
 
This fundraising event is to help deliver hotspots to students without internet access. Come join us for a fun evening with Val!
 
Register for the free event at http://ow.ly/m7mZ50EJpD7
Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jennifer Miller, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 255
Milton, DE 19968
866.344.7758

MLB Base-Stealing Legend, Dee Strange-Gordon Raises Money to Donate Hot Spots for Students in an OnZoom Fundraiser
Posted by Heather Chirtea at 09:37:41 PM Sun 02/07/2021

ONE NATION Sports Chronicles Launches – Professional Athletes Join Forces in Virtual Event Fundraiser Interviews to Solve the #DigitalDivide

February 4, 2021 - Devaris "Dee" Strange-Gordon has joined forces with Digital Wish in an OnZoom fundraiser to donate hotspots to connect students with their education, whose schools have been closed due to COVID-19.  Dee is widely held to be one of the greatest base stealers for the past decade. Veteran ESPN Sportscaster Sean Baligian will uncover untold stories from Dee’s incredibly versatile career.

The OnZoom fundraising event will be held Tuesday, February 9th, at 8:00 PM EST. Attendees will hear untold stories of Dee’s adventures playing for 3 MLB franchises, and can join the mission to solve the digital divide by making donations for students who are now disconnected from their education without home internet access. Reserve your free tickets here:

https://on.zoom.us/e/view/1op2239QTUyhRA-88qpCAg

As the interview telethon unfolds, Dee Strange-Gordon will share stories of stealing 330 bases in the 2010s, the most of any player. Amidst tales of playing for the Dodgers, Marlins, and Mariners, attendees will be invited to join forces with Dee Strange-Gordon by making donations to buy hotspots to connect students-in-need around Dee’s hometown of Orlando, Florida.  

With schools closed, home internet access has become a necessity for students to obtain an education. A single donation of $240 purchases one hotspot and connects up to 15 people, at just $16/person. Each hotspot is loaded with one year of unlimited internet, which solves the digital divide for school children, their siblings, and family members who would otherwise have no internet access at all. Internet connectivity ensures every student has an equal opportunity to succeed. Sign up for the event now, spaces are limited.

Join the Connect A Student Campaign

Donations can be made at www.ConnectAStudent.org, or by texting “Baseball” to 707070. Corporations can set up matching funds, invite employees to attend events and donate, and issue a fundraising challenge to staff and competitors on social media. Digital Wish is teaming up with players from the MLB, NFL, NBA, and NHL to raise over $24 million for hotspots and laptops for students in need. Join us as ONE NATION in bringing connectivity to all students, for education, and equity, for all.

About Dee Strange-Gordon

Strange-Gordon is an American MLB second baseman, shortstop, and center fielder. He has played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, and Seattle Mariners. In 2015, Strange-Gordon earned a prestigious Golden Glove award, one of only 37 second basemen to receive the honor. More impressively, Dee became the first player to lead the National League in both batting average and stolen bases since Jackie Robinson in 1949. Dee has been nominated for the Roberto Clemente award four times, the MLB's highest honor for those dedicated to community involvement. You can find Strange-Gordon on Instagram and Twitter.

About Sean Baligian, ESPN Sportscaster

With Sean’s 20 years of sportscasting experience he has been the host of numerous sports centric radio talk shows like 760 WJR, ESPN 96.1, and WDFN. As well, he has extensive experience co-hosting pre and post-game Detroit Lions games.

About Digital Wish

Digital Wish staff work closely with hardware and software manufacturers to provide donated and discounted technology products to K-12 schools and higher education. Since COVID-19, Digital Wish has delivered thousands of hotspots to schools. In 2009 Digital Wish was founded based on a seed grant from Olympus, and within two years, grew that to $5.9M, allowing the nonprofit to aid more than 500,000 students. Digital Wish was also awarded an Obama stimulus grant for $1.125M dollars to implement 1:1 technology in 30 towns across Vermont, increasing student technology proficiency by 30%. With a membership of 68,000 technology educators, Digital Wish is able to offer free resources by partnering with internationally known technology names, including Motorola, Dell, Verizon, Microsoft and more. Visit www.digitalwish.org to learn more.

Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jennifer Miller, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 255
Milton, DE 19968
866.344.7758

Another Free Zoom Meeting Backdrop from Digital Wish!
Posted by Heather Chirtea at 07:32:28 PM Sun 01/10/2021

Spice up your Zoom meetings! Just download the background to your computer. 

http://bit.ly/dinozoombackdrop

To install the Background:

Open Zoom and start a meeting. At the bottom of your screen click Video > Choose Virtual Background > + Browse for Winter Whimsey

Don’t forget to donate at https://www.connectastudent.org/

Your donations buy hotspots for students in need. 

Text Donatenow to 707070

About Digital Wish: 

Digital Wish staff work closely with hardware and software manufacturers to provide donated and discounted technology products to K-12 schools and higher education. In 2009 Digital Wish was founded based on a seed grant from Olympus, and subsequently generated two-year growth to $5.9M – bringing technology to schools and impacting 500,000+ students nationwide. In the same era, the nonprofit was awarded an Obama stimulus grant for $1.125M dollars to implement 1:1 technology in 30 towns across Vermont which increased student technology proficiency by 30%. Together with Cisco, Digital Wish also distributed 58,000 Flip Camcorders to schools in 20 months. The membership of 68,000 technology educators at www.digitalwish.org was developed through partnerships and grants from Motorola, Dell, Verizon, Microsoft and more. Since COVID-19, Digital Wish has delivered thousands of hotspots to schools. Visit www.digitalwish.org.

Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jennifer Miller, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 255
Milton, DE 19968
866.344.7758

Download Your Free Zoom Meeting Background from Digital Wish!
Posted by Heather Chirtea at 09:52:50 PM Mon 12/21/2020

Happy Holidays from Digital Wish!

Just download the background to your computer. 

http://bit.ly/WinterWhimsey

To install the Background:

Open Zoom and start a meeting. At the bottom of your screen click Video > Choose Virtual Background > + Browse for Winter Whimsey

Don’t forget to donate at https://www.connectastudent.org/

Your donations buy hotspots for students in need. 

Text Donatenow to 707070

About Digital Wish: 

Digital Wish staff work closely with hardware and software manufacturers to provide donated and discounted technology products to K-12 schools and higher education. In 2009 Digital Wish was founded based on a seed grant from Olympus, and subsequently generated two-year growth to $5.9M – bringing technology to schools and impacting 500,000+ students nationwide. In the same era, the nonprofit was awarded an Obama stimulus grant for $1.125M dollars to implement 1:1 technology in 30 towns across Vermont which increased student technology proficiency by 30%. Together with Cisco, Digital Wish also distributed 58,000 Flip Camcorders to schools in 20 months. The membership of 68,000 technology educators at www.digitalwish.org was developed through partnerships and grants from Motorola, Dell, Verizon, Microsoft and more. Since COVID-19, Digital Wish has delivered thousands of hotspots to schools. Visit www.digitalwish.org.

Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jennifer Miller, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 255
Milton, DE 19968
866.344.7758

DIGITAL WISH ENLISTS JORDAN BONE, NBA POINT GUARD FOR THE DETROIT PISTONS, AS SPOKESPERSON IN CAMPAIGN TO SOLVE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
Posted by Heather Chirtea at 05:41:30 PM Tue 11/10/2020

NBA Point Guard Jordan Bone and Digital Wish Are Challenging Businesses and Everyone to Get Involved and Solve the Digital Divide 


Watch the video: https://youtu.be/6ov5lo5OZFM 

Digital Wish has enlisted Detroit Pistons Point Guard Jordan Bone as a spokesperson to raise 24 million dollars in donations to supply hotspots for schools in need. Jordan is challenging everyone to join him in a campaign to solve the digital divide by donating hotspots to schools, donating cash, recycling used IT equipment, or participating in our social challenges to raise funding. Both businesses and individuals can get step-by-step instructions on how to join the campaign at www.ConnectAStudent.org

No kid should be without access to the internet, especially when many schools have transitioned to online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Drafted for the NBA while still in college, Jordan is an ideal spokesperson for Digital Wish as he beat the odds with little to no support to complete his college degree. Jordan understands the importance of an education as he gave his mother the ultimate Mother’s Day surprise with his graduation from the University of Tennessee. Together with his brother, Josh Bone, the Director of Operations for Tennessee State University’s men’s basketball, the brothers will challenge the cities of Detroit, Nashville, and Knoxville to join the campaign to Connect A Student and solve the digital divide through cash donations or by recycling used IT equipment. 


According to Jordan, “No kid should be out of school. It’s about connectivity. And even equity. Kids can still succeed with #N0GAS. But they can’t go back to school without internet.” Jordan Bone uses the #N0GAS hashtag to represent having no support and no resources, using just your will and drive to succeed. This was born directly from his drive to obtain a college degree with very little support after he was drafted by the NBA. 


Digital Wish’s mission to close the digital divide is really a call for equity. With schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, internet access has become a necessary tool for a child’s ability to obtain an education. With no access to the internet, kids lose all access to an education. Connectivity ensures every kid has an equal opportunity to succeed. A single donation of $240 purchases one hotspot and connects up to 15 people, at just $16/person. Each hotspot is loaded with one year of unlimited internet, which solves the digital divide for school children, their siblings, and family members who would otherwise have no internet access at all.


To participate, visit the campaign website, www.connectastudent.org, where participants will discover all the ways to join us. Individuals can donate money or issue a fundraising challenge on social media. Corporations can donate their used IT equipment which will be safely recycled, with the cash value becoming a hotspot donation through Digital Wish. Digital Wish is partnering with brothers Jordan and Josh Bone to raise over $24 million for hotspots and laptops for students in need. Visit our campaign website to donate and take part in one of our social challenges. Together, we will close the digital divide.



ABOUT DIGITAL WISH

Digital Wish staff work closely with hardware and software manufacturers to provide donated and discounted technology products to K-12 schools and higher education.Since COVID-19, Digital Wish has delivered thousands of hotspots to schools.  In 2009 Digital Wish was founded based on a seed grant from Olympus, and within two years, grew that to $5.9M, allowing us to aid more than 500,000 students. We were also awarded an Obama stimulus grant for $1.125M dollars to implement 1:1 technology in 30 towns across Vermont, increasing student technology proficiency by 30%. With a membership of 68,000 technology educators, we are able to offer free resources by partnering with internationally known technology names, including Motorola, Dell, Verizon, Microsoft and more. Visit www.digitalwish.org to learn more.


Digital Wish Contact Information

Jennifer Miller, (866)344-7758, [email protected], Press Contact

Adrian Woodrow (689)777-3247, [email protected], Donor and School Outreach

Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jennifer Miller, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 255
Milton, DE 19968
866.344.7758

ANNOUNCING DIGITAL WISH’S CHALLENGE TO CONNECT ONE MILLION STUDENTS AND FAMILY MEMBERS AND SOLVE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
Posted by Heather Chirtea at 03:05:27 AM Mon 11/09/2020

Digital Wish has Launched a Donor Campaign to Buy Hotspots with One Year of Unlimited WiFi Access and Donate them to Schools



No kid should be without internet access, especially when so many schools have transitioned to online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools nationwide are making access to the internet critical for a child to obtain an education. Without access, students can’t participate in online classes from home. Digital Wish’s mission to close the digital divide is really a call for equity. Connectivity ensures every kid has an equal opportunity to succeed. A single donation of $240 purchases one hotspot and connects up to 15 people, at $16/person. Each hotspot is loaded with one year of unlimited internet to solve the digital divide for school children, their siblings, and family members who otherwise would have no internet access. 


The campaign kicks off at www.connectastudent.org where businesses and individuals can make a cash donation or simply select a program and get step-by-step instructions on how to participate. Digital Wish has launched a campaign to solve the digital divide by donating hotspots to schools and participating in social challenges to get kids connected. 


According to Heather Chirtea, Executive Director of Digital Wish, “We can actually solve the digital divide for every household that receives a donated hotspot.  That means parents, siblings, and other community members are able to go back to school or get back to work.” 


Digital Wish knows how to rapidly distribute hotspots. In 2007 the Board of Directors was originally convened to scale operations for rapid distribution of technology into schools. Since then, Digital Wish has distributed 58,000 camcorders into schools with almost no errors by automating the shipping and fulfillment process. Those same principles apply to getting hotspots delivered to schools and getting kids connected.


We need every business and every citizen who cares about America’s future to join us. Visit the campaign website, www.connectastudent.org,  to access multiple ways to solve the digital divide. Individuals can donate money, donate used IT equipment to be recycled, with the cash value turning into a hotspot donation with Digital Wish. 


ABOUT DIGITAL WISH

Digital Wish staff work closely with hardware and software manufacturers to provide donated and discounted technology products to K-12 schools and higher education. In 2009 Digital Wish was founded based on a seed grant from Olympus, and within two years, grew that to $5.9M, allowing us to aid more than 500,000 students. We were also awarded an Obama stimulus grant for $1.125M dollars to implement 1:1 technology in 30 towns across Vermont, increasing student technology proficiency by 30%. With a membership of 68,000 technology educators, we are able to offer free resources by partnering with internationally known technology names, including Motorola, Dell, Verizon, Microsoft and more. Since COVID-19, Digital Wish has delivered thousands of hotspots to schools. Visit www.digitalwish.org to learn more.


Digital Wish Contact Information

Jennifer Miller, (866)344-7758, [email protected]h.org, Press Contact

Adrian Woodrow, [email protected], 689-777-3247, Donor and School Outreach

Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jennifer Miller, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 255
Milton, DE 19968
866.344.7758

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