Boston University One of 42 Schools Selected as HP Technology Grant Recipient

in Metropolitan College, News Releases, Science & Technology
May 2nd, 2007

Contact: Kira Jastive, 617-358-1240 | kjastive@bu.edu

(Boston) – Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) was selected as one of 42 two- and four-year colleges and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico to receive a 2007 HP Technology for Teaching grant, which is designed to transform teaching and improve learning in the classroom through innovative uses of technology.

During the 2007-2008 academic year, HP Technology for Teaching grant projects will impact more than 6,000 higher education students. MET’s undergraduate Science and Engineering Program (SEP) will receive an award package of HP products and a faculty stipend valued at more than $68,000.

Each of the HP Technology for Teaching grant recipients will use HP wireless Tablet PCs to enhance learning in engineering, math, science, or computer science. SEP will create an interactive mathematics classroom with 20 wireless tablet PC stations for students and an instructor’s workstation for use in its introductory math courses.

This technology will allow students to solve math problems in real time by learning from their peers and the instructor. Handwriting will be instantaneously digitized and distributed and also preserved for future use. Rather than simply watching a professor solve math problems at the front of the room and taking notes from that presentation, students will be able to see the instructor’s work directly and save it for later use. The instructor can see how individual students attack a problem and display student work for peer critique.

According to Carla Romney, associate professor and chair of SEP, the approach will create a far more dynamic and engaging classroom experience.

“This support from HP will enable us to create an unparalleled learning opportunity for SEP’s undergraduate students, said Romney. “The close interaction between faculty and students will help us to excite students about mathematics and help them to see its application to the sciences and engineering.”

“Boston University’s Metropolitan College has long been a pioneer in exploring new ways of promoting learning,” said Jay Halfond, dean of MET. “This generous grant from HP will stimulate faculty to experiment in how they teach and mentor students and will stimulate students to be actively engaged in learning mathematics – the key factor for their future academic and professional success. The grant will also further enhance the student-centered philosophy of our Science and Engineering Program.”

SEP’s two-year core curriculum provides extensive laboratory work and a solid foundation in mathematics, physical and biological sciences, engineering, social sciences, and English. Students in SEP pursue majors in all areas of science and engineering. After successful completion of the program, students complete a Bachelor of Science degree at BU’s College of Engineering or a Bachelor of Arts degree at BU’s College of Arts and Sciences.

In 2007, HP is awarding 172 K-12 public schools and two- and four-year colleges and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico more than $7 million in mobile technology, cash and professional development as part of its 2007 HP Technology for Teaching grant program. Since 2004, HP has contributed a total of $36 million in HP Technology for Teaching grants to more than 650 schools 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.

“HP empowers students and teachers to succeed through innovative uses of technology and training,” said Sidney Espinosa, director, Philanthropy Program, HP. “We invest in schools to increase educational attainment and contribute to the development of a skilled, diverse workforce in the future.”

More information about the 2007 HP Technology for Teaching program and grant recipients is available at http://www.hp.com/go/hpteach.

As one of the 17 degree-granting bodies that comprise Boston University, Metropolitan College (MET) offers part-time, full-time and international students a remarkable range of choices for study to enrich their lives and advance their careers. MET offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, diploma and certificate programs. For more information about Metropolitan College visit http://www.bu.edu/met/ and for information about SEP visit http://www.bu.edu/met/sep.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. BU contains 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.

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