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Grant Winners for November!
Posted by Amanda Stevens at 05:44:29 PM Mon 01/06/2014

Congratulation to our winners!  Thank you all for your lesson plans.  Digital Wish chooses grant recipients based on the quality of a lesson plan, grant criteria, and adherence to grant guidelines for entries.
 

Jennifer Duncan Vocabulary and Humor for High School Students - November 11/30/2013
David Lockett Digital Media in the Classroom - November 11/30/2013
Jonathan Vitale Collaborative Writing and Debating - November 11/30/2013
Christina Saunders Digital Projects for the Classroom - November 11/30/2013









 


Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 52
Milton, DE 19968
(802) 375-6721 X-222

Digital Wish Grant Winners - October
Posted by Amanda Stevens at 05:26:31 PM Fri 11/15/2013

Kasi Cotton

Vocabulary and Humor for High School Students - October

10/31/2013

Michelle Smith

Digital Media in the Classroom - October

10/31/2013

Jessica Kissen

Collaborative Writing and Debating - October

10/31/2013

Jaimie Crane

Mobile Devices in the Classroom

10/31/2013

Brian Clark

Mobile Devices in the Classroom

10/31/2013

Jonathan Vitale

Mobile Devices in the Classroom

10/31/2013

Mary Clarke-Miller

Classroom Recording

10/31/2013

Samantha Prince

Classroom Recording

10/31/2013

Catherine Jackson

Claymation and Stop Motion Animation Projects!

10/31/2013

Julie Talty

Claymation and Stop Motion Animation Projects!

10/31/2013

Barb Trudeau

Claymation and Stop Motion Animation Projects!

10/31/2013

Carrie Willis

Claymation and Stop Motion Animation Projects!

10/31/2013

Jillian Robinson

Claymation and Stop Motion Animation Projects!

10/31/2013


 


Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 52
Milton, DE 19968
(802) 375-6721 X-222

Free eBook Building Course - Get a free marketplace and deliver your lessons to iPads, Smartphones, and Tablets
Posted by Jonathan Gallup at 10:38:38 PM Thu 11/14/2013

November 14, 2013, Manchester, VT - Join Digital Wish for our HP Catalyst Academy eBook Hack-a-thon course starting November 18, 2013 at 4 pm EST. Participants will attend a webinar on how to create an eBook with Digital Wish’s new software, eBuilder. Enroll in the HP Catalyst Academy course, qualify for badges, and receive a free eBuilder account. You’ll get a certificate of completion from HP Catalyst showing 8 hours of professional development training and a badge, upon completion. Participants will learn how easy it is to build an eBook and deliver it to any mobile tablet, iPad, or smart phone. Register for any or all of 4 different eBook building webinars, or watch the archives afterwards. Every enrollee receives a free eBuilder account.


The eBook Hack-a-thon course is comprised of four activities, and for each activity there is a scheduled webinar. The course takes about 8 hours to complete; however, if you don’t have the time, just sign up for any of the individual webinars here.  We’ll be archiving every webinar after it runs, so you can easily attend those webinars whenever your schedule allows, or catch the archive if you are too busy. Work at your own pace and collect your badge as soon as you complete each activity.


The Course

Each of the HP Catalyst Academy mini-courses are structured with 4 bite-sized activities.


Activity 1 - Build your first eBook - The live webinar is November 18 at 4pm EST, and it orients the participants on the basics of eBook building.


Activity 2 Outline your eBook - Attend the webinar on November 19th at 4pm EST. It really gets into the nuts and bolts of eBook building.Teachers should come prepared with a topic taken directly from the upcoming curriculum to use in building their first eBook. Together we’ll review the types of sources supported by the eBook tools, and target the most appropriate types of media and source documents to include.


Activities 3 and 4 - Collect & Construct, Manage Your Marketplace Join the webinar on November 22, 2013 at 4pm EST and participants will get advanced tips on eBook construction, as well as, inviting readers and writers to their marketplace.


Classroom Projects, Q & A - Anyone with extra questions can sign up for the webinar on November 25th at 4pm EST.  This will be an open forum on eBook building and we can review any topic.


Ease of Use

Don’t worry if you are a beginner computer user. The free eBook building software was built with novice computer users in mind. The Executive Director of Digital Wish, Heather Chirtea said, “Anybody can do this. its not just for the savvy teachers, we designed it for everyone. If you can drag-and-drop, you can build an eBook!”


Request Your Free eBook Software

Anyone can request a free teacher account by emailing Lauren Chaves at [email protected].


Media Contact: Lauren Chaves, [email protected]

Digital Wish, PO Box 1072, Manchester Center, VT 05255

Telephone: (802) 375-6721

Website: http://www.digitalwish.org

Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 52
Milton, DE 19968
(802) 375-6721 X-222

Grant Winners for September Announced
Posted by Amanda Stevens at 07:49:26 PM Fri 10/18/2013


Congratulations to our September Grant recipients!




Karina Harris



Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety - September



09/30/2013



bridget porter



Digital Media in the Classroom - September



09/30/2013




Would you like an opportunity to win one of our curriculum packages, software, or hardware devices?  Simply submit a lesson plan to our lesson plan library.  Monthly grants are awarded to the best submission per grant category.



http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/grant_awards



 


Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 52
Milton, DE 19968
(802) 375-6721 X-222

Vote Now! Help Digital Wish win $25,000
Posted by Amanda Stevens at 02:33:24 PM Thu 09/19/2013

Take 5 and Vote for Digital Wish in JP Morgan Chase's $25,000 "GIVE IT AWAY" Contest - Help us grant more wishes! The nonprofit that receives the most votes will win $25,000. Your vote will go a long way toward helping our mission of solving technology shortfalls in classrooms. Digital Wish has a one in three chance to receive this grant so our chances are great with your support. Please click here to vote. Thank you!

Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 52
Milton, DE 19968
(802) 375-6721 X-222

Grant Winners for August Announced!
Posted by Amanda Stevens at 06:41:42 PM Wed 09/11/2013

Digital Wish Grant Winners for August 2013



Congratulations to all of our winners this month!  Submit your lesson plan now to become eligible for our Digital Wish Grants.


Winner

Grant

Date

Ricci Huling

Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety - August

08/31/2013

Suzanne Banas, NBCT

Digital Media in the Classroom - August

08/31/2013

Laura Nunez

Collaborative Writing and Debating - August

08/31/2013

Nick Hues

Digital Projects for the Classroom - August

08/31/2013

Rebecca Terry

Digital Projects for the Classroom - August

08/31/2013

Pameolin Nelson

Improve your Keyboarding Skills

08/31/2013

Denise Post

Improve your Keyboarding Skills

08/31/2013


 


Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 52
Milton, DE 19968
(802) 375-6721 X-222

iPads for iMusic Fundraiser Success!
Posted by Amanda Stevens at 04:23:28 PM Tue 09/10/2013

Digital Wish Fundraiser Success Story


July 15th, 2013


Brian VandeWalle, Elementary Music Teacher, Texas 

Brian ran a technology fundraiser on Digital Wish and was able to meet 100% of his fundraising goal to purchase iPads for his music classroom. After 90 days and strong campaigning Brian was able to accomplish his objective and now we can share some tips from Brian that will help others also run a successful fundraiser. 

Identify Needs that will Enhance your Classroom.
After attending a teachers' conference where iPads were all the rage, Brian brought his own iPad into his music class to test it out with the kids. The students loved it. Brian realized that this new technology could get kids excited about learning. He saw that even kids who were normally disinterested in class became engaged when using the iPad. With the iPad he had access to many music education apps that motivated his students to explore music in exciting new ways. He also realized that the iPads were not just something that would be useful in the music room, but could be shared throughout other classrooms and subjects.


Digital Wish’s Fundraising Tool.
Brian’s school is classified as “high need” and he knew there was no money in the budget to buy iPads. After exploring some other fundraising websites he discovered that Digital Wish allowed him to raise money without any risk. If he failed to meet his goal he would still get whatever money he had been able to raise. This gave him the ability to set a high goal and obtain the money he needed for the iPads. With other sites he would have had to do a much smaller fundraiser because of the risk of not receiving any money if the goal was not met.

 

Spreading Awareness of the Fundraiser.
As soon as the fundraiser began Brian sent home letters to all the parents letting them know what he was trying to do. The key to running a successful fundraiser is constant communication with people to encourage them to donate. However, Brian noticed that only about 5% of the parents had participated. So, in order to drum up more participation, he explained to everyone at a PTA program night why he wanted the iPads and found out that part of the reason the participation was so low was that many parents were hesitant to use their credit cards online. After the program night, many parents donated money using checks or cash which Brian then donated for them.

 

Communicate Needs - Carefully and Often. Brian also realized after talking to his students, that many of the parents thought of the iPad as a gaming machine and were not interested in donating their money to purchasing them.  At another PTA program night, Brian gave a presentation showing a music video that the kids had made using an app on the iPad. He was able to show all the educational projects the students could tackle with the iPad, and many parents were able to see the device’s potential. His persistence in trying to get the message across to parents was key in being able to raise enough money to meet his goal. Without careful and constant communication potential donors were unable to understand the goal and they were reluctant to donate.


Keep Fundraiser Awareness High Until the Very End. Throughout the course of the fundraiser Brian kept a thermometer measuring the progress in his classroom. This raised student excitement and kept the goal fresh in students' minds, triggering them to remind their parents to donate. Two parents even approached the companies they work for and enrolled in their matching donation program. The corporations gave an equal donation to Brian’s classroom and doubled the impact of the parents' donation!


Wishes Granted and Fundraiser Goal Reached. In the end all of Brian’s hard work paid off and he was able to purchase iPads and an Apple TV.  Additionally, money that had not come in during the fundraiser was still donated afterwards and Brian has been able to purchase even more technology for the classroom. The kids were thrilled to start learning with the new iPads and even happier that they no longer had to share one iPad with the entire class. Brian said, “Digital Wish was a great site to use because I could create a risk-free fundraiser that was actually successful. With these new iPads I can speed up class and get more kids involved.”

Key Elements of Brian’s Success:
-Start a fundraiser on Digital Wish with a clear and well explained goal.
-Spread the word to parents and community members.
-Clearly explain and demonstrate the educational purposes to people.
-Let people know that they don’t have to donate online.
-Follow up with people about donating and thank them for their support.



For more information, contact Amanda Stevens, [email protected], 802-375-6721.

Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 52
Milton, DE 19968
(802) 375-6721 X-222

iPads for iMusic Fundraiser Success!
Posted by Amanda Stevens at 02:51:45 PM Tue 09/10/2013

Digital Wish Fundraiser Success Story


July 15th, 2013


Brian VandeWalle, Elementary Music Teacher, Texas 

Brian ran a technology fundraiser on Digital Wish and was able to meet 100% of his fundraising goal to purchase iPads for his music classroom. After 90 days and strong campaigning Brian was able to accomplish his objective and now we can share some tips from Brian that will help others also run a successful fundraiser. 

Identify Needs that will Enhance your Classroom.
After attending a teachers' conference where iPads were all the rage, Brian brought his own iPad into his music class to test it out with the kids. The students loved it. Brian realized that this new technology could get kids excited about learning. He saw that even kids who were normally disinterested in class became engaged when using the iPad. With the iPad he had access to many music education apps that motivated his students to explore music in exciting new ways. He also realized that the iPads were not just something that would be useful in the music room, but could be shared throughout other classrooms and subjects.


Digital Wish’s Fundraising Tool.
Brian’s school is classified as “high need” and he knew there was no money in the budget to buy iPads. After exploring some other fundraising websites he discovered that Digital Wish allowed him to raise money without any risk. If he failed to meet his goal he would still get whatever money he had been able to raise. This gave him the ability to set a high goal and obtain the money he needed for the iPads. With other sites he would have had to do a much smaller fundraiser because of the risk of not receiving any money if the goal was not met.

 

Spreading Awareness of the Fundraiser.
As soon as the fundraiser began Brian sent home letters to all the parents letting them know what he was trying to do. The key to running a successful fundraiser is constant communication with people to encourage them to donate. However, Brian noticed that only about 5% of the parents had participated. So, in order to drum up more participation, he explained to everyone at a PTA program night why he wanted the iPads and found out that part of the reason the participation was so low was that many parents were hesitant to use their credit cards online. After the program night, many parents donated money using checks or cash which Brian then donated for them.

 

Communicate Needs - Carefully and Often. Brian also realized after talking to his students, that many of the parents thought of the iPad as a gaming machine and were not interested in donating their money to purchasing them.  At another PTA program night, Brian gave a presentation showing a music video that the kids had made using an app on the iPad. He was able to show all the educational projects the students could tackle with the iPad, and many parents were able to see the device’s potential. His persistence in trying to get the message across to parents was key in being able to raise enough money to meet his goal. Without careful and constant communication potential donors were unable to understand the goal and they were reluctant to donate.


Keep Fundraiser Awareness High Until the Very End. Throughout the course of the fundraiser Brian kept a thermometer measuring the progress in his classroom. This raised student excitement and kept the goal fresh in students' minds, triggering them to remind their parents to donate. Two parents even approached the companies they work for and enrolled in their matching donation program. The corporations gave an equal donation to Brian’s classroom and doubled the impact of the parents' donation!


Wishes Granted and Fundraiser Goal Reached. In the end all of Brian’s hard work paid off and he was able to purchase iPads and an Apple TV.  Additionally, money that had not come in during the fundraiser was still donated afterwards and Brian has been able to purchase even more technology for the classroom. The kids were thrilled to start learning with the new iPads and even happier that they no longer had to share one iPad with the entire class. Brian said, “Digital Wish was a great site to use because I could create a risk-free fundraiser that was actually successful. With these new iPads I can speed up class and get more kids involved.”

Key Elements of Brian’s Success:
-Start a fundraiser on Digital Wish with a clear and well explained goal.
-Spread the word to parents and community members.
-Clearly explain and demonstrate the educational purposes to people.
-Let people know that they don’t have to donate online.
-Follow up with people about donating and thank them for their support.



For more information, contact Amanda Stevens, [email protected], 802-375-6721.






 




 

Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 52
Milton, DE 19968
(802) 375-6721 X-222

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