Penn State DuBois one of 31 colleges and universities nationwide awarded HP Technology Grant

April 19, 2005

Penn State DuBois was selected as one of 31 two- and four-year colleges and universities nationwide to receive the 2005 HP Technology for Teaching grant, which is designed to transform and improve learning in the classroom through innovative uses of technology. Penn State DuBois will receive an award package of HP products and a faculty stipend valued at more than $74,000.

Each of the HP Technology for Teaching grant recipients will use HP wireless technology to enhance learning in engineering, math, science or business courses. Keely Roen, instructor in wildlife technology at Penn State DuBois, will be using HP mobile tablet personal computers to aid in the redesign of the field-based laboratory component of her course in wildlife management techniques. This course serves as the foundation for all other research and management-oriented courses in the Wildlife Technology Program.

"HP mobile technology is an invaluable tool in achieving the course's learning objectives," Roen said. "It is not an understatement to say that mobile technology could revolutionize how students collect, analyze and share data in the field."

Roen is partnering for this project with Jason Long, instructor and program leader in the Information Sciences and Technology (IST) program at the Penn State DuBois. From planning the wireless network to aiding wildlife students in how to use the wireless units, first- and second-year IST students in the network program will play a large role in the HP mobile technology project.

"IST students receive a solid technical foundation in this program. This project will enhance the customer service skills needed in the information technology field. By partnering with the wildlife department, IST students will have a dedicated customer base to train, manage and support," Long said.

"The HP grant helps Penn State DuBois to give students from two cutting-edge programs, wildlife technology and information sciences and technology, the opportunity to collaborate on a real-world task -- implementing mobile data collection and analysis, said Robert Loeb, director of Academic Affairs. "The experience gained will greatly enhance the education of students from both programs in terms of learning how the technology can be applied and working in cross-functional teams."

The 2005 HP Technology for Teaching grant program is awarding grants totaling $8.5 million to 174 kindergarten-through-12th-grade public schools and 31 two- and four- year colleges and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico. HP has committed $25 million to the three-year program, which supports HP's broader education goal of transforming teaching and learning through the integration of technology. More than 400 schools worldwide have received grants since the program's inception last year.
"Technology has the power to positively transform the learning process for both educators and students," said Bess Stephens, vice president, Philanthropy and Education, HP. "By integrating technology into their teaching, educators can engage students in new and innovative ways to increase achievement, and ultimately to prepare them for greater success in the classroom and beyond."

More information about 2005 HP Technology for Teaching program and grant recipients is available at http://www.hp.com/go/hpteach

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