HP Awards $7 Million in Technology for Teaching Initiative


HP this week announced the recipients of its 2008 HP Technology for Teaching grant program. Thirty-nine colleges and universities and 110 K-12 schools will be receiving more than $7 million in cash, gear, and professional development.

On the K-12 side, The grant program focused on improving student achievement through classroom technologies in any subject area, but with an emphasis on encouraging interest in STEM subject areas (science, technology, engineering, and math). Also, according to the company, "extra consideration" was given in this year's program to schools serving low-income student populations.

Teams of five teachers at 110 schools will receive HP Tablet PCs, multimedia projectors, HP digital cameras, HP Officejet all in one systems, HP Designjet Z2100 printers, Microsoft software, accessories, and a cash stipend for each teacher. The company said the total package per team is worth about $38,000. Professional development services will be provided by HP and ISTE. A total of about $4.1 million in awards is being presented to K-12 institutions.

On the higher ed side, recipients at the 39 two- and four-yer colleges and universities will receive a cash and equipment package valued at $77,000 per institution, including HP Tablet PCs and faculty cash awards. The higher ed grants were designed to help "increase the number of students graduating with degrees in engineering, computer science and environmental science," according to HP. "The program aims to enhance student success as faculty members adopt technology-enhanced instruction in their classrooms."

HP's Technology for Teaching grant program has awarded some $60 million to educators since 2004 to more than 1,000 schools in 41 countries as part of its Technology for Teaching initiative.

A list of this year's recipients, along with more informatin about the program, can be found here. Further recipients will be announced at the end of the month in the category of "Higher Ed Leadership" for North America.

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