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Clarke College One of 39 Schools Nationwide Selected as an HP Technology Grant Recipient

posted on June 30, 2008

$77,000 grant includes HP wireless equipment and cash award to improve student achievement

Clarke College was selected as one of 39 two- and four-year colleges and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico to receive a 2008 HP Technology for Teaching grant, which is designed to transform teaching and improve learning in the classroom through innovative uses of technology. 

Clarke will receive an award package of HP products and a faculty cash award valued at more than $77,000.

Each of the HP Technology for Teaching grant recipients will use wireless HP Tablet PCs to enhance learning in engineering, math, science, or computer science. Clarke College will use the grant to develop a “collaboratory” – a space that will provide a seamless transition between lecture and laboratory work. 

The new, open work space will allow students to interact with each other and the course professor in entirely new ways. Using the new technology, students and faculty will be able to share, annotate, save, retrieve and replay material during and after class. The mobility will also allow for data collection in the field and later analysis of that data using leading software applications.

“The ‘collaboratory’ will be a truly cutting-edge work space that will go hand-in-hand with incorporating the newest teaching techniques into coursework,” said Sunil Malapati, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry. “Students using the lab will work and interact in ways not possible before, leading to more hands on analysis and collaborative learning. It will change the way we teach and the way students learn.” Malapati co-wrote the grant with Jason Stecklein, MS, instructor of physics.

With this grant, Clarke’s chemistry department will redesign a number of physics and chemistry courses to incorporate the new technology. Clarke is renovating the old physics laboratory over summer to create an exciting new space for this ‘collaboratory.’ Clarke has long been a leader among private liberal arts Colleges in technology integration across the curriculum. The College continues this initiative in its current strategic plan by providing for a technology rich, student-centered learning environment.

HP is awarding 149 two- and four-year Colleges and universities, and K-12 public schools in the United States and Puerto Rico more than $7 million in mobile technology, cash and professional development as part of the 2008 HP Technology for Teaching grant program. Since 2004, HP has contributed a total of $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.

“Around the world, HP partners with pioneering professors and schools to discover how technology can improve student success,” said Sid Espinosa, director of Global Social Investment programs at HP. “While technology is not the answer to every educational challenge, we have witnessed its incredible and transformative impact in the classroom. This innovation is happening every day as teaching and learning are fundamentally changing.”

More information about the 2008 HP Technology for Teaching program and grant recipients is available at www.hp.com/go/hpteach.   

More information about Clarke College is available at www.clarke.edu.

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