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

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