Help HP design an education grant initiative

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Lora posted the following about a month ago. You may still want to follow up on it, if you haven’t already done so. I don’t know the status of the invitation today, but knowing it exists is worth the reading alone.

Over the last few years HP has done a phenomenal job at encouraging the use of Tablet PCs in the classroom and supported school pilots thorugh a grant program. Jim Vanides is taking a open look at the initiative and on his blog has an invitation for those in academics to post suggestions. He writes:

I’m going to take a risk by posting the following invitation: Help me design a worldwide grant initiative for higher education.

As a college or university educator, your feedback is valuable to me. After all, the fundamental purpose of our grants is to increase student success, a goal we all have in common. HP’s approach is to support innovations in the effective use of technology that enable the transformation of teaching and learning.

This is, of course, easier said than done. Hence, the invitation.

I’m not asking you to fill out a complicated survey – just post a comment and share your thoughts about what a grant initiative needs to include in order for it to truly support your goal of improving teaching and learning on your campus.

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Robert Heiny
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in [I]The Encyclopedia of Education [/I](1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for [I]TuxReports[/I].com.