Olympus, Tool Factory Roll Out Grants


Olympus and Tool Factory have announced 43 new grant programs for educators being operated through a site called "Digital Wish." The site is a registry that allows teachers to make technology wishes available online so that donors can read about their needs and make donations to help fulfill their wishes. Those who register for the registry qualify for the 43 new technology grants from Olympus and Tool Factory, which include, among other things, a mobile digital camera lab.

According to Tool Factory, the Digital Wish site allows educators to "tell their story," in addition to stating needs. The company said that those who provide the best class profile and lesson plans will be selected for the 43 grants. Those who are not selected will still be able to remain on the Digital Wish site so that potential donors will be able to access their information.

The site requires a one-time registration. Following that, each month, Olympus and Tool Factory will award digital cameras and podcasting software. Three digital camera labs, valued at $3,500, will also be awarded annually. Software site licenses will be given away "in all core subject areas and special education," according to Tool Factory.

Criteria for winning include:

  • Creativity and depth of the Digital Wish user profile;
  • Popularity of lesson plans;
  • Quality of lesson plan; and
  • Activity of the Digital Wish user.

Registration information can be found at the link below.

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