Digital Wish is on a Mission to Solve Technology Shortfalls in Classrooms!
Digital Wish believes that every child deserves a technology-rich education that will provide them with the skills necessary to excel in the global economy. Every day, Digital Wish develops new online tools and promotions that empower teachers and their supporters to get new technology for their classrooms and enhance learning for our children. Every resource we develop through the School Modernization Initiative is made available nationwide through DigitalWish.org.
We invite you to invest in our children’s future!
Our Research- The School Modernization Initiative
Behind the scenes, our dedicated staff works in local schools to implement one-computer-per-child initiatives and study the complex process of technology integration in schools. Digital Wish is working to streamline every step in the process of classroom technology integration and craft step-by-step models, useful automation tools, videos, downloadable resources, and instruction so that schools nationwide can replicate the same processes that have been successful in our schools. Students across the 27 local schools we serve are already reporting higher engagement levels in learning.
In 2006, Digital Wish founder Heather Chirtea’s 7-year-old twins were enrolled in a small, rural elementary school on the brink of closure. In order to keep the school open and preserve its small class sizes, 62 kids embarked on a letter writing campaign to the local community describing the value of the school and explaining to community members exactly how they could help. In just 3 months, those 62 kids helped raise over $20,000 in donations, in-kind help, and volunteer hours that saved the school. Members of the community reported, “I wanted to help the school, I just didn’t know how until the students’ letters arrived.” It was a powerful lesson. The community was ready to help, but they needed an organized mechanism to do so.
From this experience came the idea for a website to empower teachers to solve their own technology shortfalls by connecting classrooms with their communities using the Internet. A year later, www.digitalwish.org launched with a simple wish list feature and a few technology products. The need for classroom technology was so great that 1,000 teachers posted wishes in the first month. With such high demand, we began the process of turning Digital Wish into an official nonprofit organization.
In September of 2008, Digital Wish was officially became a nonprofit and one week later Digital Wish received its first grant to scale operations and rebuild its website to serve the ever-increasing demand from teachers.
Since August 2009, Digital Wish has granted over 24,000 classroom technology wishes and delivered over $10 million in technology products to American classrooms. However, we’ve still only scratched the surface of the need.
We are striving to make www.digitalwish.org the most comprehensive technology integration resource for teachers on the internet.
Join us and grant a classroom technology wish!