2008-9 School Year, Laying Groundwork
Digital Wish secured endorsements from every major educational association including the associations for principals, superintendents, school boards, IT coordinators, 6 regional training centers and the NEA teachers’ union. Representatives from each association were brought together to develop a developed a starter plan for implementing 1:1 computing in classrooms.
2009-10 School Year, 4 School Pilot Program
Digital Wish raised over $100K in funding and matching services, to deploy 1:1 computing initiatives into four schools, targeting grades 4-6 and serving approximately 120 students. Video journaling shows early progress.
$1.125 million in stimulus funding was secured for a 24-town expansion of the pilot program through e-Vermont, The Community Broadband Project.
2011-2012 Replication in Nashua, NH
The Dell YouthConnect program awarded Digital Wish $80,000 to replicate the program in 1 school in Nashua, New Hampshire. Through this program, Digital Wish will be able to add a volunteer component to the program, along with a 7th unit on collaborative learning.
Future Expansion Funding
Model Development, and Sustainability: Digital Wish will continue to raise funding until we have institutional support for the complete model development work. We will hire an “automation” team to evaluate the process of technology adoption, isolate tasks, and seek opportunities to develop standardized models for each step in the process. Sustainability programs will be developed that allow educators to annually fund continued support for technology in education.
Replication: The models will be tested in classrooms for replication. Data will be collected and effective strategies will be replicated statewide and nationwide.