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New Grant! - Mobile Beacon's Connect for Success Student Access Donation Program
Posted by Krysta Piccoli at 04:49:50 PM Wed 03/01/2017




Mobile Beacon Grant Opportunity Available for Schools



Mobile Beacon is now accepting applications for its Connect for Success grant. Mobile Beacon wants to provide a path for educators to help close the homework gap, so every student has equal access to educational resources and learning opportunities. Our Connect for Success grant will give education organizations the tools needed to harness the power of the internet and get it into the hands of those students who need it the most. Our Connect for Success grant provides schools with up to 25 laptops and 4G LTE hotspots with free 4G LTE high-speed Internet service for 12 months.


Grant applicants must be from a school, college, or university in an eligible city and fall within Sprint's 4G LTE service area. Because there are a limited number of grants available, Mobile Beacon wants to ensure the broadband service and associated equipment will be used by schools to fulfill an immediate need. Therefore, your school must use this service for 20 or more hours per week while school is in session. The deadline to apply is March 27, 2017.


Learn more and apply today! http://www.mobilebeacon.org/connect-for-success

 



 



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

Mobile Internet Hotspot Lending Pools for Students
Posted by Krysta Piccoli at 04:26:19 PM Wed 03/01/2017


We're hearing great news from educators on how our donated wireless hotspots and Mobile Beacon’s discount $10/month unlimited 4G internet service help students get on the internet at home to do their schoolwork.  Like checking out a book in the library, students in need can borrow the devices for a day or two from their school.  Learn how you can start your own Pool and read comments from teachers at our Support page here:



www.digitalwishes.wordpress.com/donations




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

Hillsboro School District Uses Mobile Beacon Hotspot Donations for Students in Need
Posted by Gordon Woodrow at 04:16:37 PM Tue 02/28/2017

The Hillsboro Independent School District serves a diverse student population in the heart of rural Texas. After instituting a one-to-one technology program at the local high school for all freshmen through junior students, teachers began to realize that not everyone had internet access at home. To prevent any student from falling behind, Hillsboro High School developed a solution. A hotspot lending library was created for students to bring the internet home by checking out mobile hotspots. To help implement they turned to Mobile Beacon’s donation program with Digital Wish.

Hillsboro Hotspot Lending Program

Hillsboro Hotspot Lending Program

Each day students without home internet access are able to check out a hotspot to complete their homework, access their Google classroom, browse the web and communicate with friends. The high school currently has 20 devices available for checkout with usually between 16 and 18 devices loaned daily. The school requires that students complete a digital citizenship course to learn about how to use the internet appropriately before they check out a device, and only students without home internet access are eligible.

“Our kids love having the devices,” said Jo Hayes, a Hillsboro High School administrator. “The feedback [from the students] is that they are just very grateful they have the internet at home. The hotspots help students do their work and they can be a normal teenager.”

A few departments at the high school have hotspots that they use for afterschool activities. The athletic department, for example, takes the hotspots on the bus when they have to travel for games for students to complete their homework. Up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices can connect to one hotspot so a few hotspots can handle a bus load of students.

The Hillsboro Independent School District also provides Mobile Beacon hotspots for their teachers at the elementary school. The rural district struggles with reliable access to the internet, and many teachers experience unreliable internet at home. They are able to bring the hotspots home to review homework assignments and complete lesson plans.

Mobile Beacon hotspot

Mobile Beacon hotspot

Providing and utilizing hotspots is not a new concept to the Hillsboro Independent School District. Prior to discovering the Mobile Beacon donation program with Digital Wish, the school was paying $566 a month for only 14 devices, which was grant funded. As the grant period was coming to an end the district realized they could not afford to keep the hotspots, but also couldn’t afford to not offer the popular program. They discovered the Digital Wish donation program and Mobile Beacon’s unlimited 4G LTE service for $10/month. The district is now saving over 75% with Mobile Beacon’s service and the Digital Wish hotspot program. “If it weren’t for Digital Wish and Mobile Beacon we could not have continued the program because those kinds of funds just aren’t available,” said Sheila Bowman, Executive Director of Innovative Learning, “You have allowed us to continue our program.”

Looking to start a hotspot lending program at your school? The partnership between Mobile Beacon and Digital Wish provides affordable solutions. Please visit Mobile Beacon’s Digital Wish donation program to learn more.

 

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

New Digital Wish Grants Available
Posted by Gordon Woodrow at 04:30:59 PM Mon 02/27/2017

We have several new active Digital Wish GRANTS available for Digital Wish members. To apply, just submit an original lesson plan to our free shared Lesson Plan Library and you could be awarded one of the grants. Awards include document camera, modular robotics, digital citizenship turnkey curriculum packages and wi-fi mobile hotspots with a one year internet subscription to Mobile Beacon's unlimited 4G service plan. See the grants here:http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/dw_grant_calendar

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

Fall Grants Awarded!
Posted by Amanda Stevens at 06:13:30 PM Thu 03/24/2016

 

 


Digital Wish Grant Winners

 


Winner


Grant


Date

     


Nicole Schichtel


Digital Citizenship for Middle School - November


11/30/2015


Christina Bolden


Digital Discoveries with a Document Camera


10/31/2015


Stacy Walther


Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety - September


09/30/2015


Tricia Frechette


Vocabulary and Humor for High School Students - September


09/30/2015


Melyssa Thompson


Classroom Inclusion - Autism & Special Needs In the Real World


09/30/2015

 

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

Summer Grant Recipients!
Posted by Amanda Stevens at 05:01:05 PM Tue 10/06/2015


Thank you all for your wonderful lesson plans.  Keep our library growing; contribute an interactive lesson plan for an opportunity to increase your Cash on Hand here at Digital Wish!

Digital Wish Grant Winners

Winner

Grant

Date

     

Joy Washington

Vocabulary and Humor for High School Students - August

08/31/2015

Kelly Cummings

Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety - August

08/31/2015

Linda Heuer

Let's Get Podcasting - August

08/31/2015

Jamie Senese

Collaborative Writing and Debating - August

08/31/2015

Annette Yono

Digital Citizenship for Middle School

07/31/2015

Jodie Lujan

Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety - June

06/30/2015

Paula Schlueter

Matific - Math Apps: Immersive bite-sized apps for tablets and personal computers (May)

05/31/2015

Brandi Bass

Mobile Devices in the Classroom - April

04/30/2015

renee carr

Autism Awareness Month

04/30/2015

Faiza Khalid

Matific - Math Apps: Immersive bite-sized apps for tablets and personal computers April

04/30/2015

 


 

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

One to One Computing Support Grant - Apply for Summer 2015
Posted by Gordon Woodrow at 07:42:03 PM Fri 06/26/2015

One-to-One Computing, $4,500 Support Grant – APPLY NOW

Digital Wish is offering technical support grants to schools needing assistance with planning a one to one computing program in their elementary or middle schools. Our 1:1 experts will select schools to assist throughout the summer so don’t wait to apply. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis through the summer months – the most important time for preparing a 1:1 program.

Digital Wish has implemented 1:1 computing programs in 28 schools -developing expertise, evaluation tools and sustainability tools that can help get your program off the ground.  Our experts will work with your team to discuss your technology plan, equipment needs, budgeting and financing options, curriculum implementation, training, technical needs and longer-term sustainability planning.  You’ll come away with a solid budgeting and implementation plan, turnkey standards based IT curriculum and training, possible grant opportunities, financing options and an action plan for sustaining your program.

The grant award includes:

  • 10 hours of technical support to evaluate and help develop a 1:1 program ($2,000 value)
  • Sustainability Action Plan Tool ($99 value)
  • Video conference with one of our 1:1 trainers ($175 value)
  • Free grant search using GrantStation ($249 value)
  • Digital Wish’s Complete IT Curriculum Package (Grades 3-6) ($2,000 value)
  • Digital Citizenship for Middle Schools Curriculum ($299 value)
  • Discounts for on-site Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety training.

Schools interested in starting a pilot 1:1 program are encouraged to apply.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.   Contact [email protected] for more information.

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

Dell Giving – School Modernization Initiative 2014-2015
Posted by Amanda Stevens at 05:28:05 PM Wed 06/03/2015

Nashua elementary students got a taste for careers in software and technology after a community partnership provided the funding and tools to help them design video games, create stop-animation shorts and write a podcast.

The training was organized through the Nashua School District’s partnership with Dell in Nashua and Digital Wish, a Vermont-based nonprofit company that supports technology in schools.

Read the full article at https://digitalwishes.wordpress.com/grants/dell-giving-school-modernization-initiative-2014-2015/

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

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