HP is particularly committed to promoting advances in teaching and learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. In addition to being core to HP’s business, these areas are fostering the next generation of workers, entrepreneurs and high-tech engineers essential for innovation and growth.
HP believes that it takes more than technology to overcome 21st century education challenges and empower students globally. It requires collaboration between technologists, policy-makers and educators to ensure that students’ and teachers’ needs are met.
HP is committed to helping teachers and students around world to “re-imagine” the classroom by funding the programs that will help drive positive change in education. HP believes that technology can change the future of education, but this will not happen without effective educators.
If technology is simply added to a classroom, with no intent to change instructional practices or modify the instructional practices that are not optimal, then you will not get the intended effect. Additionally, if you take the best instructors but don’t equip them, then there is only so far they can go to create rich learning experiences for their students.
Working through HP grant programs such as the Innovations in Education and Technology for Teaching, and via strategic partnerships with trend setting organizations such as the Clinton Global Initiative, HP has been able to bring broad changes to the education landscape.
We want to bring the full strength of HP’s portfolio to the intersection of teaching, learning, and technology, so that learning becomes:
- Accessible: Anywhere, Anytime
Through these efforts, HP is helping to redesign learning from traditional models of instruction to new, more powerful learning experiences within and beyond the boundaries of the “classroom.”
A prime example of the type of legislation supported by HP is a bi-partisan bill which was recently passed in Texas. The legislation gives local school districts the ability to use a portion of traditional textbook funding on electronic textbooks and cutting edge technologies to better assist students. The new law sets a positive precedent that other states may follow.
HP actions and outlook
The 2009 HP Innovations in Education grants for secondary school districts in the US fund school districts to launch innovative pilot initiatives that support the administrators and teachers responsible for student success in math and science in middle schools and/or high schools.
Since 2004, the
HP Technology for Teaching program has supported projects at more than 1,000 schools and universities in 41 countries.
In the U.S., HP was a sponsor of the 2009 National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in Washington, D.C., the nation’s largest education technology conference. The event attracted more than 15,000 educators and education leaders. HP staffed an information booth featuring an education grant recipient, and hosted the HP Educator Appreciation Reception, where 30 of HP’s Technology for Teaching grant-recipients were celebrated.
Around the world, HP has been proactive in reaching out to leaders in the education community, both at the global and national levels.
For example, HP Philippines recently launched an environmental-focused campaign called “My Backyard”, helping fund the construction and development of a new digital classroom for the Center for Excellence (CENTEX), a project of the Ayala Foundation, Inc. One of the missions of the school is to educate students on how to be better stewards of the earth.