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Ohio University one of 170 schools nationwide selected as HP Technology grant recipient

ATHENS, Ohio (May 22, 2006) -- Ohio University was selected as one of 40 two- and four-year colleges and universities nationwide to receive the 2006 HP Technology for Teaching grant, which is designed to transform and improve learning in the classroom through innovative uses of technology. 

During the 2006-07 academic year, grant projects through this program will impact more than 4,000 students. Ohio University will receive an award package of HP products and a faculty stipend valued at more than $69,000.

Each of the HP Technology for Teaching grant recipients will use HP wireless Tablet PC technology to enhance learning in engineering, math, science, computer science or business courses. Quoc-Phong Vu in Ohio University's Department of Mathematics received the grant for his project designed to enhance the teaching of Matrix theory.

"Matrix theory is one of the most popular upper-level undergraduate courses offered in our department," said Vu. "But the teaching and learning of matrices involve a lot of time-consuming calculations, which often are repetitive but are necessary for demonstration of the theory and applications. As a result, instructors may not have enough time to cover theory and applications or to engage students in the learning and exploration of matrices.

"The mobile lab given by the HP Grant program will enable us to install some technology tools so that students and instructors can collaborate in the learning process," he says.

Vu, who earned his Ph.D. in the former Soviet Union, joined the Ohio University faculty in 1993. His research interests include analysis and its applications and the use of technology in education. "I was very satisfied and glad that my proposal was accepted in a very competitive program," he said.

The 2006 HP Technology for Teaching grant program is awarding grants totaling more than $7 million to 130 kindergarten through 12th grade public schools and 40 two- and four-year colleges and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico. From 2004 to 2006, HP has committed $36 million in Technology for Teaching grants to more than 650 schools worldwide to support HP's broader education goal of transforming teaching and learning through the integration of technology.

"The HP Technology for Teaching initiative focuses on transforming teaching and learning through technology," said Bess Stephens, vice president, Philanthropy and Education, HP.  "By integrating mobile technology in meaningful ways into their classrooms, instructors can increase student achievement and interest and prepare them for greater success in the competitive global workforce."

More information about the 2006 HP Technology for Teaching program and grant recipients is available at www.hp.com/go/hpteach.   

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