1:1 Support Grants

One-to-One Computing, $4,500 Support Grant – APPLY NOW

Digital Wish is offering technical support grants to schools needing assistance with planning a one to one computing program in their elementary or middle schools. Our 1:1 experts will select schools to assist throughout the summer so don’t wait to apply. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis through the summer months – the most important time for preparing a 1:1 program.

Digital Wish has implemented 1:1 computing programs in 28 schools -developing expertise, evaluation tools and sustainability tools that can help get your program off the ground.  Our experts will work with your team to discuss your technology plan, equipment needs, budgeting and financing options, curriculum implementation, training, technical needs and longer-term sustainability planning.  You’ll come away with a solid budgeting and implementation plan, turnkey standards based IT curriculum and training, possible grant opportunities, financing options and an action plan for sustaining your program.

The grant award includes:

  • 10 hours of technical support to evaluate and help develop a 1:1 program ($2,000 value)
  • Sustainability Action Plan Tool ($99 value)
  • Video conference with one of our 1:1 trainers ($175 value)
  • Free grant search using GrantStation ($249 value)
  • Digital Wish’s Complete IT Curriculum Package (Grades 3-6) ($2,000 value)
  • Digital Citizenship for Middle Schools Curriculum ($299 value)
  • Discounts for on-site Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety training.

Schools interested in starting a pilot 1:1 program are encouraged to apply.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.   Contact Jennifer.miller@digitalwish.org for more information.

To Apply:pdf

Using our application, or in a one page document, provide the following information:

  1. Briefly describe your school or district – A bullet list is fine.  Include number of students, grade range, demographics and provide your school’s website.
  2. What progress have you made with technology? – What’s your ratio of computers to students? What is your tech infrastructure (servers, network and type of computers, tech staff and teacher training)? Do you have a tech plan?
  3. What support is there for technology in your district? – Is there a supportive board and administration? Enthusiastic teachers? Kids dying for technology? A motivated Principal? Is there an existing tech budget with local grant sources, foundations, or supportive businesses and a willing PTA for fundraising?

Email the one page grant application to Jennifer Miller  Jennifer.miller@digitalwish.org

1:1 Experts

Heather Chirtea
Executive Director/Founder, Board President

HeatherProfilePicHeather Chirtea is Digital Wish’s founder and Executive Director. Previously, as the longstanding president of Tool Factory, an educational software publisher, Heather traveled widely throughout the United States to conduct over 400 lively seminars on classroom technology integration each year.  With a dual B.S. in communications and operations management (statistics) from Syracuse University, Heather has co-authored five books on classroom technology; designed more than 60 hands-on technology seminars for educators; launched online services for classroom clip art, worksheets, lesson plans, and formative testing and assessment; and written over 5,000 standards-based test questions. She serves on the board of directors for VITA-Learn (VT) and New England ISTE technology associations.  Digital Wish has granted over 13 million dollars in technology to American schools. She designed the 1:1 initiative that was implemented in 30 schools across Vermont and New Hampshire. Read the Research

Eric Bird
Director of 1:1 Programs

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter teaching grades 4 and 6 for 12 years in Blue Ribbon and California Distinguished Schools in Southern California, Eric Bird now brings his experience, knowledge, and passion gained from working in the classroom to the team at Digital Wish. Eric joined the Digital Wish team in December of 2009 as a peer coach and classroom trainer for Digital Wish’s 1:1 computing program. In addition to being a master teacher, Eric designed Digital Wish’s 7-unit IT curriculum and oversaw implementation of 1:1 programs in 30 schools. He’s now one of the premier experts on 1:1 implementation in the country, providing essential training so that students, teachers, and parents can use technology more effectively.

As a Technology Trainer, Eric has traveled the country to train fellow educators, administrators, and district technology experts using creative, entertaining, and easy-to-use cross-curricular technology, such as podcasting, digital cameras, digital video, and numerous educational software programs. In addition, Eric helped design hands-on seminars for educational conferences and co-authored a workbook on classroom technology.

Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from the University of California, Irvine, a Professional Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential for the State of California, and a Cross-cultural, Language, and Academic Development Credential. In addition, Eric spent two years working with the University of California, Irvine Writing Project.

About Digital Wish

At www.digitalwish.org, 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 30,900 classroom technology wishes through its online network of over 63,000 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. Read the research.

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  1. Sounds too good to be true!! Our District is full of amazing Leaders, Principals, Students, Teachers, and supportive Community members. I am excited to find out more. Thanks for your information, please send me more. Port Huron seems to be the perfect fit for a “Digital Wish”. May this email encase the heartfelt desires of our community’s young minds, as well as our devotional leaders’ never ceasing Goal.
    Excitedly,
    Mrs. Marilyn Kreiner
    Special Education/ CI Teacher
    Japanese Lang. Co-teacher for our District H.S. Special Education students

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