Through the Olympus/Tool Factory Digital Wish program (www.digitalwish.com), every teacher has the power to earn funding, according to an announcement from Tool Factory. Like a wedding registry, teachers make their technology wishes public and tell their story, so that anyone can make a donation to their classroom's cart. Registered teachers will automatically qualify for 43 new technology grants from Olympus and Tool Factory, including a Mobile Digital Camera Lab. Grants are then awarded to the teachers with the best all-around class profile and lesson plans.
Regardless of whether teachers win a grant, their stories will be available for any potential donor to read, and later contribute to. Unlike most grants, Digital Wish provides a constant possibility of receiving funding for every applicant. The Digital Wish Web site also features a library of grant links and fundraising resources to help educators find additional funding for technology. There's also a library of lesson plans so that educators can find ideas for digital projects.
Teachers register once; all original lesson plans are eligible to win any grant opportunity. Three Mobile Digital Camera Labs worth $3,500 will be awarded annually. Every month, Olympus and Tool Factory will award digital cameras and podcasting software. Software site licenses will be given away in all core subject areas and special education. All grants will be judged based on:
* Creativity and depth of the Digital Wish user profile.
* Popularity of lesson plans.
* Quality of lesson plan.
* Activity of the Digital Wish user.
Olympus and Tool Factory invite educators to share their ideas and tell their stories on Digital Wish.
Visit Digital Wish at www.digitalwish.com and get the complete schedule of grant awards and deadlines.
Source: Tool Factory, www.toolfactory.com