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Another Successful Year in Nashua, NH for Digital Wish and Dell Powering the Possible
Posted by Jonathan Gallup at 10:26:06 AM Wed 09/17/2014

Manchester Center, VT – September 15, 2014 - For the past six years, Digital Wish has been implementing one-computer-per-child programs in Vermont and New Hampshire schools, as well as teaching a turnkey Digital Citizenship program across the country.  As a non-profit on a mission to bring technology to American classrooms, the team just completed their 2013-2014 implementation in Nashua, NH, thanks to a grant from Dell’s Powering the Possible program. Trainers spent the past year delivering computers, weekly educator and student trainings, a complete IT curriculum, an after-school program, and support to another school in the Nashua, NH school district.  In addition, the Digital Citizenship training reached a major milestone by working with over 50 schools spanning Vermont, New Hampshire, California, and New Jersey. 

In the 1:1 programs, Digital Wish’s trainers modeled the entire process of technology adoption, and progressively reduced the initiative planning time from 18 months to just 4 weeks, saving schools tremendous amounts of time and money.  Both teachers and students report a wide range of gains including increased IT skills, collaboration, engagement in learning, technological proficiency, computer access, and dramatic improvements in the understanding of Internet safety issues.

Over the course of the 2013-2014 school year, Digital Wish trained 127 students and 15 educators, teaching a different element of IT integration including digital citizenship, digital presentation, and reliable research.  Students participated in a cyber-safety poster contest and created projects around the relevant curriculum topics.  An after-school game coding class further engaged students every week.

“It is truly incredible to see the advancements of students and educators when technology can be used as a tool to teach the curriculum,” said Eric Bird, Project Director for Digital Wish.  “We have entire classrooms of engaged, entertained, and motivated students, solving their own problems, thinking critically, and working collaboratively toward common goals.  They are receiving relevant 21st century skills that will help their future careers and the community as a whole.”

Digital Wish closed out the school year with a field trip to Nashua Dell to conduct employee interviews, participate in hands-on technology projects, and hear about career opportunities in the IT industry.  Major impact in this underserved school included 625 hours of educator training and 5,335 student hours spent learning from weekly technology lessons.

 

2013-2014 Nashua Data
113 students took this survey, both before and after Digital Wish's year-long computing program.  Participants were about half 4th graders and half 5th graders; and about half girls and half boys.  Technology training classes were taught in classes each week for 7 months. A trainer worked with the students and teachers once a week to teach Digital Wish’s IT curriculum. The curriculum covered six unique units on technology usage and practical implementation. You can download the complete report here.

 

Here are just a few gains from the survey:

  • Increased Usage - After the program, students used a computer every day in the classroom 30 times more than before.  Students who reported participating in 10 or more technology projects that required them to solve a problem, gather information, or draw a conclusion rose from 12% to 86%.
  • Increased Safe Usage - After the program, students rated themselves an average of 9 (on a scale of 1-10) or higher when they rated how well they could protect their personal information on the internet, treat other people with respect on the internet, and safely use the internet.  After the program, students rated themselves 8.5 or higher when asked how much they knew about what they legally can and cannot do on the internet, their rights on the internet, and their responsibilities on the internet.
  • Increasing IT Skills - Students rated themselves higher in every single technology skill after the program, and more than doubled their self-rating on how well they can use spreadsheets or Excel.  The percentage of students who said they were beginners on computers decreased from 11% to 4%, a near 300% drop.  The number of students who can figure out almost anything on their own while using a computer rose from 29% to 35.4%.
  • Increased Collaboration – Students collaborating with adults at least once a week while using technology rose from 46% to 94%.  The number of students who collaborated with other students at least once a week while using technology more than tripled.

 

Anecdotal Gains

In addition to the measurable improvements above, teachers and students provided anecdotes on their experiences:

Students were asked to share the most interesting or exciting thing they have done with a computer.

  • “I learned a new skill and that is researching faster than I did before and to do it correctly.”
  • “My favorite thing was that I could teach my parents to be safe on the internet.”

Students were challenged to tell their school principal anything about having technology in school.  Here are some direct quotes:

  • “School is absolutely nothing without the internet and technology.  It makes school work easier so you don't fail.  You can learn something new with the computer.”
  • “I would tell her that it’s better because it will be easy to do school work and every one would be happy.”
  • “Technology is great in school because it will prepare us for the future and we can now do special tests on the computer which means that we do not need to use papers and pencil as much and that means the environment is getting help.”

 

About Digital Wish

Learn more about Digital Wish's research and download more reports here:

At Digital Wish, teachers make technology wishes, and donors make those wishes come true with contributions, bringing technology to needy classrooms in all 50 states. Since August 2009, Digital Wish has granted over 30,000 classroom technology wishes through its online network of over 64,000 teachers, and delivered over $14 million in technology products to American classrooms directly impacting over 500,000 students. In research, Digital Wish secured over $1.6 million in funding to put computing programs into 50 schools, reducing the planning time for technology adoption from 18 months to just 4 weeks, and achieving measured gains in student engagement and 21st century skills. Read our research.

Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jennifer Miller, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 52
Milton, DE 19968
866.344.7758

24 Business and Entrepreneurship Courses - Free, just sign up
Posted by Jonathan Gallup at 11:46:51 AM Sat 09/13/2014

Manchester, VT - September 12, 2014 - Whether you're a students, aspiring business owners, or small business, there are 24 free 1-hour courses in the HP Life series covering finance, operations, marketing, communications and social networking, in seven languages. Earn certificates of completion, get advice, and join the global online community of more than 330,000 learners from 200 countries. These 1-hour courses are ideal for after-school clubs, or to support curriculum.  In addition, any small business or entrepreneur can get start-up support, simply by signing up.

Sign up here: http://www.life-global.org/go/digitalwish

Print a Flyer: http://www.digitalwish.com/docs/HP_LIFE_flyer_Digital_Wish.pdf

Digital Wish has partnered in the HP LIFE e-Learning Campaign to help spread the word about the HP Life free training courses during this back-to-school season. For each person who signs up at this link, through October 31, HP will donate $1 to Digital Wish to support more free technology programs for schools!  Please have students sign up, and circulate to your network.

Contact Us:  Amanda Stevens, program coordinator, [email protected], (802)375-6721.

Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jennifer Miller, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 52
Milton, DE 19968
866.344.7758

Advantages of a Digital Wish Fundraiser
Posted by Gordon Woodrow at 03:08:47 PM Wed 08/13/2014


By Kate Reed, High School Student, Vermont


Are you a teacher? Do you want new technologies for your classroom? Then start a Digital Wish fundraiser!

Digital Wish provides a very simple fundraising program for teachers around the country. Teachers provide the products they want on a wishlist, state why they want the products, and then show how much they hope to raise. It is as easy as that. Once they have posted their fundraiser to the website, they just have to keep spreading the word, and they will earn their wish list products in no time!



Debating between creating a Digital Wish fundraiser or one on a different fundraising website?

Digital Wish is very similar to other fundraising websites, such as Kickstarter, gofundme, and Indiegogo. However, if you do not reach your goal on Kickstarter, you get none of the money you raised. One main difference is that donating on Digital Wish is tax deductible for your supporters, while donations on other fundraising sites such as gofundme, are not. If you do not reach your goal on Indiegogo, their fee is 5% more than if you hit your goal. Using Digital Wish, you get the money you raised to spend on classroom technology, even if it is less than your intended goal.

 


Debating between creating a Digital Wish fundraiser or doing product selling?

Selling Hershey bars, magazines, and cookie dough gives you at most a 50% profit -- and averages from 30-40%. Digital Wish grants you a 92% profit. They are not looking to make money; they are looking to help support classrooms with more technology and raise students up to the rapidly evolving standards of college and the future workforce.

Digital Wish’s fundraising program makes it so much easier for teachers everywhere to raise money for their classrooms because the products are right there on the same site as the fundraiser, making it one-stop shopping. If you want a technology product that Digital Wish isn’t currently offering, simply contact them with the product details and they can usually order it with your fundraised dollars.  If you are a teacher on the Digital Wish website and you find products you want for your classroom, start a fundraiser today! It’s fast, easy and there are lots of great deals and discounts that will stretch your fundraised dollars even further.

 

Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jennifer Miller, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 52
Milton, DE 19968
866.344.7758

Congratulations July Grant Winners!
Posted by Amanda Stevens at 04:04:15 PM Fri 08/08/2014

Congratulations Grant Winners!  Here are the recipients of our July Grants:

Brynn Pendrak Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety - July 07/31/2014
Catherine Canter Elementary STEM Skills 07/31/2014
Cheri Lovett Digital Photography 07/31/2014

 

Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jennifer Miller, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 52
Milton, DE 19968
866.344.7758

HoverCam and Digital Wish Award the Solo5 Document Camera
Posted by Amanda Stevens at 03:18:24 PM Fri 07/18/2014

Congratulations to Tonya Parham of Marion Middle School in Marion, Arkansas! Digital Wish and HoverCam are pleased to present Ms. Parham with a HoverCam Solo5 Document Camera http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/product?id=510DC. Tonya's lesson plan 'Cow Eye Dissection' is a wonderful addition to our lesson plan library.  Her lesson plan is a shining example of how to incorporate the use of technology into the classroom.  Please view the lesson plan at http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/disp_plan?id=7466

Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jennifer Miller, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 52
Milton, DE 19968
866.344.7758

June Grant Recipients Announced
Posted by Amanda Stevens at 08:01:08 PM Thu 07/17/2014

Congratulations!  Thank you for your lesson plan submissions.  Digital Wish is looking forward to another great school year - keep creating those lesson plans cool

Ami Wicks Vocabulary and Humor for High School Students - June 06/30/2014
John Pruett Let's Get Podcasting with Video! Grant BONUS! B10 Camcorder & Podcasting Software 06/30/2014

 

Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jennifer Miller, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 52
Milton, DE 19968
866.344.7758

May Grant Winners
Posted by Amanda Stevens at 07:55:44 PM Thu 07/17/2014

Congratulations!  Thank you all for your lesson plan submissions.  We hope everyone is enjoying their Summer break (though we're sure you're busy working on plans for the upcoming year) smiley  Here are our end of year grant winners!

Denise DeJuliannie Mobile Devices in the Classroom - May 05/31/2014
Sandy Melillo Vocabulary and Humor for High School Students - May 05/31/2014
Dani Hassforth Let's Get Podcasting! Grant - May 05/31/2014
Jaimie Crane 'Elements of Style' - Composition and Form 05/31/2014
Tonya Parham Document Camera Lesson Plan Ideas - 1 05/31/2014
Vivian Maguire Vocabulary and Humor for High School Students - May 05/31/2014

Visit our Grants Calendar now to view upcoming grant opportunities and deadlines http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/dw_grant_calendar

Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jennifer Miller, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 52
Milton, DE 19968
866.344.7758

Winners Announced for the Epic Yearbook Photo Contest
Posted by Heather Chirtea at 03:57:21 PM Fri 06/13/2014

Manchester, VT - June 13, 2014 - Digital Wish teamed up with Olympus, and Picaboo Yearbooks, to give away three Olympus digital yearbook cameras, as well as an iPad The winning school also received a class set of 30 free yearbooks. There were over 120 entries. Check out all the winners at this link.

Grand Prize: An iPad and an Olympus TOUGH TG-830 Digital Camera

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Jaiden, Age 7, from LaCrescenta, CA

"Just after striking out her 3 batter, her teammates rushed her. You can just feel the emotion in this picture. Its a memory that will last forever, caught on film!"



2nd Place:  Free printed yearbooks for all yearbook club members (limit 30) and an Olympus TOUGH TG-830 Digital Camera

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Dedication Delivers

Gina Shook, from Carlyle, IL

"Working both before and after school, this group of sophomores and seniors take their sport seriously. These high school cheerleaders have a combined experience of 36 years."

 

3rd Place:  An Olympus TOUGH TG-830 Digital Camera
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Fall Sunset

Jackson, Age 14, from Manchester Center, VT

"Equinox red fire sunset."



Top honorable mention photos also received a Digital Camera Basics book.  Check out all the winners here: http://bit.ly/T8wc4E

About Digital Wish

At Digital Wish, teachers make technology wishes, and donors make those wishes come true with contributions, bringing technology to needy classrooms in all 50 states. Since August 2009, Digital Wish has granted over 30,000 classroom technology wishes through its online network of over 62,000 teachers, and delivered over $13 million in technology products to American classrooms directly impacting over 500,000 students. In research, Digital Wish secured over $1.2 million in stimulus funding to put 1:1 computing into 30 towns, reducing the planning time for technology adoption from 18 months to just 4 weeks, and achieving measured gains in student engagement and 21st century skills.

Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jennifer Miller, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 52
Milton, DE 19968
866.344.7758

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