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After Fulfilling 30,000 Wishes, Digital Wish is Just Getting Started

By Tom Vander Ark — January 24, 2013 1 min read

Digital Wish
is the edtech DonorsChoose. They have fulfilled more than 30,000 classroom wishes, mostly 1:1 classroom
deployments with Dell netbooks.

A letter-writing and fundraising campaign for her children in 2006 captured Heather Chirtea’s interest. As the president of educational software publisher,
Heather knew there had to be a better way to match wishes and donors.

As of last week, it took just four weeks from the time a wish was posted to the time when computers were delivered. They’ve been studying one-computer-per-child initiatives and tech integration.

They are “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.”

But over the last year Heather and her team have seen the sector shifting with more mobile devices, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies, and content
sharing. In addition, Digital Wish has seen a demand for teacher-generated and -curated content.

To meet this demand, Digital Wish has created an e-Book Builder that makes it easy for educators to author, share, edit and distribute learning materials
for the classroom -- much like iBooks.

Digital Wish is currently working on a content sharing strategy and app marketplace ( in beta) that we’ll tell you more about next month. We think the community of 60,000
educators is in for a treat -- and likely to get bigger fast.

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