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Invite Your Students to Enter the Kodu Game Design Contest for K-12 Vermont Classrooms - Win Xbox Kinect
Posted by Jonathan Gallup at 07:31:53 PM Thu 04/19/2012

April 19, 2012 - Manchester, VT - Students as early as 4th grade, are building incredible 3D computer games with just one class period of training!  Through May 18th, 4-12th grade students across the state of Vermont will be given the opportunity to participate in a game design competition sponsored by Digital Wish.  Kodu Challenge is a game design contest broken down into two categories, grades 4-6 and 7-12, and each member of the the grand prize winning team will be awarded an Xbox 360 with Kinect, courtesy of Microsoft. Runners up will receive Xbox game bundles.  You can visit the Kodu Challenge website here: http://www.digitalwish.org/kodu-contest/index/home

Kodu Challenge invites students to create a fun, innovative computer game using Microsoft Kodu Game Lab, a game design software that requires no experience.  Students can enter either as a team of up to 4 people, or as an individual. Each individual or team may only submit one game.  Kodu Game Lab is a free program and can be downloaded here: http://fuse.microsoft.com/page/kodu

The students are discovering that Kodu software is incredibly easy to use. Digital Wish has been teaching the Kodu software in its after-school clubs, where high school students act as mentors for elementary kids in grades 3-6. Within the first class period, all the participants succeed in building a 3D world with terrain, objects, characters, and controls.  Over the course of just 4 class periods, the students are developing complex behaviors, paths, reactions, dialog and surprisingly advanced gaming strategy.

For educators, adoption of the Kodu software is made easy. There is a wide array of included tutorials that allow students to literally follow along and try out complex features that challenge students to think critically and use their problem solving skills.  Upon teaching an introductory lesson to Kodu, Digital Wish’s Executive Director, Heather Chirtea, noted that “Kodu gives students the ability to solve complex problems using nothing more than simple mouse clicks.  By the end of the first lesson, students were soaring through the beginning tasks and moving on to discover creative new ways they could program their characters!”  

For more information, visit the Kodu Challenge website here: http://www.digitalwish.org/kodu-contest/index/home

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. Here, teachers can make technology wish lists...and supporters make those wishes come true. PTA’s and PTO’s can start online fundraisers for new classroom technology in just a few mouse clicks, complete with credit card processing. Over 28,000 classroom technology wishes have been granted!

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

BrainPOP! Buy One, Give One Free - Double Your Impact!
Posted by Sky Kochenour at 01:05:50 PM Wed 04/18/2012

If you haven't heard of BrainPOP, it's an award-winning and proven online educational resource that includes hundreds of standards-aligned animated topics, quizzes, activities, and more!

There are four different BrainPOP classroom subscriptions are now available on Digital Wish through our new "Buy-one-Give-one" program. With each purchase of a BrainPOP subscription, Digital Wish and BrainPOP will donate a free subscription to a Title I school of your choosing. If you have no preference, Digital Wish can choose the recipient school for you. The subscriptions available for purchase and donation are:


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

iPad and Tablet Mobile Lab
Posted by Sky Kochenour at 03:15:01 PM Tue 04/10/2012

If you are looking for an inexpensive rolling crate for your iPads or tablets, we just launched one. For just $349.95, you can protect your investment for less than the cost of a single tablet!  Each rolling mobile lab can be configured with either 10 or 12 tablet slots and comes with a TSA approved lock.  Check it out here!

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

April Grant Deadlines
Posted by Sky Kochenour at 02:26:26 PM Wed 03/28/2012

April 15th is the next deadline for Digital Wish’s grants.  We have 7 grants in total with awards for movie maker and podcasting software, a clipart subscription and more!  Check them all out here or pick from the list below:

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

Digital Wish’s Apps Center for Education Helps Teachers Identify Android™ Apps for the K-12 Classroom!
Posted by Sky Kochenour at 12:20:14 PM Tue 03/20/2012

Manchester Center, VT – March 21st, 2012 – Funded by a grant from the Motorola Mobility Foundation, Digital Wish has just launched the Digital Wish Apps Center, the newest tool designed to help teachers find the best educational applications designed for the Android™ operating system.  With so many apps currently on the market, this tool was created to give teachers an easier way to filter through them based on search criteria such as grade level, subject, free/paid, and ratings by fellow educators. In just a few mouse clicks, educators can find apps that fit their topic and grade level, then immediately download them from from Google Play™.

School technology budgets have been cut so far that many classes have very limited or no access to technology. Yet, at the same time, students are bringing their smartphones to class. Without adequate technology funding, some schools that have historically banned cell phones are taking a hard look at the devices students are bringing into the classroom and teachers are discovering some fantastic apps that turn these smartphones into learning tools. According to classroom trainer Eric Bird, “The ability to use student devices can give a whole new population of students access to learning technology, who would otherwise have to go without.”

“We are thrilled that Digital Wish has leveraged our Empowerment Grant to link classroom needs with mobile technology resources, ultimately helping to transform educational communities,” said Eileen Sweeney, director of the Motorola Mobility Foundation.   

As a nationwide trend, an increasing number of schools are looking at tablets as an alternative to costly computers. Digital Wish’s Apps Center was developed to help educators identify the perfect app among the thousands available in Google Play.  Digital Wish Program Developer, Sky Kochenour explains, “The tablet market is taking off, and apps are being developed so quickly that it has proven extremely difficult for educators to sort through the masses and select the appropriate apps to use in the classrooms. The Apps Center is a catalyst for changing the educational pathways to technology.”

With the prevalence of tablets and mobile devices in the classroom, the Apps Center gives teachers the ability to find what they are looking for quickly and conveniently.  They will spend less time searching, and more time teaching. Digital Wish carefully pre-screens all apps before they are showcased in the Apps Center to determine their appropriateness for teachers.  This allows teachers to go to directly to the Apps Center, do a quick search, and locate apps that are relevant to their needs.

Visit the apps center and give it a try for yourself.

 

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. Here, teachers can make technology wish lists...and supporters make those wishes come true. PTA’s and PTO’s can start online fundraisers for new classroom technology in just a few mouse clicks, complete with credit card processing. Over 28,000 classroom technology wishes have been granted!

 

About Motorola Mobility Foundation 

The Motorola Mobility Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Mobility. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Mobility seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships, fostering innovation and engaging stakeholders. The Motorola Mobility Foundation focuses its funding on education, community, health and wellness and disaster relief. For more information, on Motorola Mobility Corporate and Foundation giving, visit Motorola.com/give.

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

Digital Wish Awarded A.D. Henderson Foundation Grant to Develop Sustainability Tools for School Technology Programs
Posted by Sky Kochenour at 06:22:14 PM Tue 03/06/2012

Manchester Center, VT- March 6, 2012- Digital Wish has been awarded a $25,000 grant by the A.D. Henderson Foundation for the Vermont School Modernization Initiative, which supplies classrooms the computers, training, and curriculum necessary for students to develop 21st century skills. These funds will support the research and development of resources to help schools identify and secure sustainable funding streams for their technology programs.

The Vermont School Modernization Initiative has provided curriculum, training, and computers to 1,269 fourth through sixth grade students and 79 teachers in 28 schools across Vermont. Just as Digital Wish has modeled technology implementation strategies, this new grant will allow Digital Wish create new resources that will help schools develop sustainable funding strategies.  In order to ensure that schools have clear paths to future funding to sustain their new technology programs, Digital Wish will develop an online sustainability course that includes a comprehensive list of proven ideas for the reallocation of school budgets, community engagement strategies, and checklists of often-overlooked sources of funding.

For administrators, Digital Wish will develop online tools that will auto-generate a starter list of relevant sustainability tasks and fundraising strategies based on a school's current socio-economic status, PTA engagement, staff readiness, and technology integration progress. Additionally, through the School Modernization Initiative, a collaborative learning curriculum unit will help encourage community support.  

By September 2012, Digital Wish will be able to supply each of the 28 Vermont School Modernization Initiative schools with a comprehensive sustainability guide, impacting not only the 1,348 direct program participants, but also thousands more students in the same schools and districts across the state. To further share this knowledge, articles on re-budgeting, sustainability, and leadership will be published nationwide and Digital Wish will automate as many resources as possible so that schools statewide and nationwide can benefit from newly developed online sustainability tools.

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 making over 28,388 technology wishes come true for American educators, Digital Wish provides a host of fundraising ideas and allows teachers to craft a technology wish list so that parents and community members can make a classroom contribution and invest in America’s future.

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

Laptops Mean 1:1 Learning at Dover Elementary
Posted by Celia Olson at 03:33:48 PM Mon 12/05/2011

e-Vermont and partner Digital Wish are helping to expand the world of learning for every 4th, 5th, and 6th grader in this rural southern Vermont town. Each week a trainer from Digital Wish joins their teachers for lessons that integrate technology into the curriculum. Along with the lessons, each student is outfitted with their very own laptop computer that is theirs for the entire school year. 1:1 classrooms such as these are repeatedly shown to stimulate learning and personal responsibility. The Dover students reflect this. When asked if they were excited about Digital Wish coming into their classroom, the answers ranged from “YES!” to “Yes maam” to “Whoo hoo!”

Through its work in schools around Vermont, Digital Wish has learned the importance of focusing its first unit on digital citizenship and cyber safety. “We know that whatever happens online, we can tell a parent and not feel ashamed,” explains one student. “We know how to respond to something we’ve never had to respond to before like cyber bullying.” These are valuable skills to instill in these young digital citizens.

These Dover students are now prepared to take their personal laptops home every night. The hope is that the students will become the teachers and connect their families to the tech skills they are learning in school. The value of these lessons is not lost on the students. “I think it will help because you use technology a lot and most jobs do include some sort of technology and if you learned it right now it’s really easy to just have it in the future.”

Read more about Digital Wish and e-Vermont’s School Modernization Initiative at http://schoolmodernizationinitiative.wordpress.com/.

Dover kids with netbooks

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

Dell All-In-One Printer - 30% Off + FREE Ink
Posted by Digital Wish Support at 08:40:41 PM Thu 12/01/2011

Digital Wish is running a limited-time deal on the Dell all-in-one printer.  Right now, educators can get this printer for just $69.99, normally priced at $99.99.  That’s 30% off with a FREE color ink cartridge (valued at $19.99).  We have 15 units left in stock. Check it out here:
http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/deals


December Technology Discounts
With the holidays approaching we have a special schedule of deals launching throughout December.  We've got 2-for-$199 on Kodak waterproof video cameras, 40% off on Dell Netbooks, and $100 matching grants on Elmo document cameras. The complete list is posted here:
http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/products?category=digital-wish-deals&path=

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

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