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HP Awards More Than $7 Million in Education Grants to Schools in the United States and Puerto Rico
Grants mark fifth year of HP’s commitment, totaling nearly $60 million, to transforming teaching and learning through effective use of technologyPALO ALTO, Calif., June 2, 2008
HP is awarding 149 K-12 public schools and two- and four-year colleges and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico more than $7 million in technology, cash and professional development training.
The grants, part of the 2008 HP Technology for Teaching Grant initiative, mark five years of the company’s commitment to innovative educators who are transforming student achievement through the use of technology in the classroom, while encouraging student interest in careers in technology, engineering, math and science, including environmental science.
Since 2004, HP has contributed a total of nearly $60 million in HP Technology for Teaching grants to more than 1,000 schools in 41 countries worldwide. During the past 20 years, HP has contributed more than $1 billion in cash and equipment to schools, universities, community organizations and other nonprofit organizations around the world.
“Teaching excellence, combined with innovative tools and resources, positively contributes to student learning,” said Yvonne Hunt, vice president, Global Social Investment, HP. “In our fifth year of the HP Technology for Teaching Grant initiative, we remain committed to helping teachers empower students through effective uses of technology that are fundamental to education.”
Since the inception of the HP Technology for Teaching initiative, grant recipients have reported a positive impact on teaching and student achievement as a result of the program. For example, DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., redesigned a computer science course to add collaboration and provide more immediate feedback. The HP technology awarded from the grant enabled this new approach to instruction, and the course completion rate increased from 86 percent to 99 percent.
At Lake Street School in Spencer, Mass., teachers used HP technology for a hands-on solar system project. Students in two classes using HP technology showed dramatic improvement and received average test scores of 80 percent and 93 percent, while students studying the same material without HP technology had an average score of 55 percent.
“The HP Technology for Teaching program is emblematic of the success students can achieve when given access to the technology and skilled teachers that they deserve,” said Leslie Conery, deputy chief executive officer, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). “As a result of HP’s generous donations, grant recipients are prepared to effectively use these new HP technologies to improve student learning.”
HP is awarding nearly $4.1 million in cash and equipment to teams of five teachers at 110 K-12 public schools in the United States. Extra consideration was given to schools serving low-income students and projects including a math, science or environmental component.
The award packages, each valued at more than $38,000, will include an HP Tablet PC with Microsoft® Windows Vista® Tablet PC Edition, a multimedia projector, an HP digital camera, an HP Officejet printer/scanner/copier and a $500 cash award for each teacher.
This year, HP also is providing grant recipients with an HP Designjet Z2100 printer. These printers will allow schools to perform in-house large-format printing, alleviating costs typically spent with external printing companies.
Teachers also can participate in a professional development program sponsored by HP and led by ISTE, during which they will receive customized mentoring and learning opportunities and can participate in an online learning community to share best practices.
In addition, Microsoft has agreed to donate five licenses of Microsoft Office Enterprise and five licenses of Microsoft Student 2008 to each school receiving a 2008 HP Technology for Teaching grant.
Grant recipients represent schools in 37 states as well as in Puerto Rico. In many grant proposals, teachers and students plan to use mobile technology outside the classroom to learn about their environment and then enhance their learning inside the classroom through the Internet.
Higher education grants
HP is awarding 39 two- and four-year colleges and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico more than $3 million in cash and equipment. Each recipient package is valued at $77,000 and will include numerous HP products, such as HP Tablet PCs, and a faculty cash award.
The higher education grants support course redesign that helps increase the number of students graduating with degrees in engineering, computer science and environmental science. The program aims to enhance student success as faculty members adopt technology-enhanced instruction in their classrooms.
This year, Microsoft has generously agreed to donate 21 licenses of Microsoft Office Enterprise to each institution receiving a 2008 HP Technology for Teaching higher education grant in North America.
2008 HP Technology for Teaching grant recipients
More information about the 2008 HP Technology for Teaching program and grant recipients is available at www.hp.com/go/hpteach. This year’s recipients are listed alphabetically by state, below. Grant recipients that demonstrate success within the first year may have the opportunity to apply for the HP Technology for Teaching Leadership award, which is a reinvestment grant of higher value.
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