Francis Marion University 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. The Department of Biology at FMU will receive an award package of HP products and a faculty stipend valued at more than $74,000.
FMU will use HP wireless technology and computers to enhance student learning in introductory biology labs. “This educational technology has great potential to improve our students’ computer-based and written communication skills,” said principal investigator Greg Pryor, an assistant professor of biology at FMU. “It will also provide them with advanced analytical techniques, enhance their critical thinking skills, and encourage their participation in exciting laboratory experiments.”
“I want to commend Dr. Pryor and his colleagues in the Department of Biology for their successful grant application,” said FMU provost Richard Chapman. “Funds from this HP grant will benefit our students by enhancing classroom instruction and improving student learning.”
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 U.S. 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 of philanthropy and education for 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 the 2005 HP Technology for Teaching program and grant recipients is available at www.hp.com/go/hpteach.
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