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T.H.E.Journal Covers the Virtual Volunteer Project!
Posted by Heather Chirtea at 04:23:18 PM Fri 10/12/2012

Digital Wish Opens Virtual Volunteer Site To Match Teachers with Experts

- By Dian Schaffhauser, 10/11/12

An organization that promotes the use of technology in the classroom by putting teachers who have specific requests in touch with donors who can help make those wishes come true has launched a new service to link teachers with volunteers. Non-profit Digital Wish now offers "Virtual Volunteers," an area on its Web site. The new service allows teachers to post classroom projects and ask for a virtual volunteer who can serve via video conference; it also allows volunteers to sign up, describe their various capabilities, and volunteer to help with a class project...


Netbooks will allow ‘one-to-one computing’ in Nashua fifth grade- Nashua Telegraph
Posted by John Sullivan at 02:43:48 PM Thu 12/22/2011

NASHUA – Wanting to liven up a class project on verbs with a picture of a Christmas tree, fifth-grader Kourtnie Hamel did a quick Google image search. She found a colorfully decorated evergreen in a matter of minutes and dropped it into a word document.

Kourtnie, a student in Tanya Ackerman’s class at Bicentennial Elementary School, didn’t have to go to the front of the room for this; she did it from her desk..

Read more at the Nashua Telegraph.

Digital Wish Black Friday Featured on ISTE's Special Interest Group for Online Learning
Posted by John Sullivan at 03:58:07 PM Tue 11/22/2011

ISTE's Special Interest Group for Online Learning has posted all the information teachers need to know for Digital Wish's Black Friday 2011 specials!

Check it out here!

Heather Chirtea & Eric Bird Interviewed on WVTK
Posted by John Sullivan at 12:15:12 PM Tue 11/15/2011
Heather Chirtea and Eric Bird talk about their work with Addison Central School, other Vermont schools and the e-Vermont program on WVTK. Click here to listen to the audio.

County classrooms embrace new technologies- Addison County Independent
Posted by John Sullivan at 12:29:52 PM Fri 10/14/2011

ADDISON COUNTY — In Dawn Berno’s fourth-grade class at Addison Central School, students are learning key skills for the Internet age, ranging from principles of digital citizenship to managing a personal password, with the help of their own netbook computers.

 Read more at the Addison County Independent.

International Cars, Ltd. donates $10,000 to support education through Digital Wish
Posted by John Sullivan at 02:12:01 PM Tue 09/13/2011

Danvers, Mass. – (September 9, 2011): The International Cars, Ltd. (ICL) family of dealerships is pleased to announce that it has donated $10,000 through the online giving forum, Digital Wish, in recognition of "National Back to School" month.

Each of ICL's five dealerships contributed a percentage of their August sales proceeds to the total donation.  The funds will help Digital Wish fulfill requests from educators looking to bring more advanced technology into their classrooms.

Read more at the Boston Globe.

eSchoolNews: Digital Wish Makes School Fundraising Easier
Posted by John Sullivan at 02:42:52 PM Thu 06/30/2011

Jenna Zwang, assistant editor for eSchoolNews, recently interviewed Heather Chirtea, Digital Wish's executive director and founder, to write this article on how Digital Wish "makes school fundraising easier."

Check out the full article at: http://www.eschoolnews.com/2011/06/22/digital-wish-makes-school-fundraising-easier/

Websites that let teachers post their classroom “wish lists” for donors to fulfill have been around for more than a decade, but now one of those sites—Digital Wish—has added a new fundraising feature that could help schools raise support from their local communities.

The fundraising feature allows for teachers and their supporters, such as administrators and Parent-Teacher Associations, to establish their own fund drives for their educational needs. Through Digital Wish, users can publish their event on social media websites and print customized fliers.

Read more at: http://www.eschoolnews.com/2011/06/22/digital-wish-makes-school-fundraising-easier/

EdTech Magazine: Report Card- Wish Fulfillment
Posted by John Sullivan at 03:57:08 PM Mon 11/01/2010

Originally published in EdTech Magazine on 11/1/10

"Buy one, get one free" is a great deal. But for teachers in cash-strapped schools around the country, getting two Flip Video camcorders at no cost sounds too good to be true. With Digital Wish, it isn't.

Executive Director Heather Chirtea founded Digital Wish in 2007 "to solve technology shortfalls in classrooms," she says, and to better prepare students for tomorrow's workforce. The nonprofit allows teachers to register for document and digital cameras, camcorders, projectors, interactive whiteboards, mobile labs and other tools they'd like to have in their classrooms but can't afford.

To read more, click here.

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