HP grant boosts innovation in education

24 Jun 2009

The HP 2009 Innovation in Education grant initiative runs across the EMEA region and is aimed at encouraging novel technological innovations in online and virtual education.

This year’s Irish winners were NUI Galway for a Second Life maths support platform, and Coláiste Iognáid in Co Galway for its software solution aimed at efficiently delivering the school curriculum.

The winning educational institutes will receive mobile technology, such as tablet PCs, laptops, printers, access points, as well as a cash donation valued at approximately €75,500 and an invitation to join a global network of educators working on best practices for high-tech education.

Managing director of HP Ireland Martin Murphy said of the grant initiative that targeting the education sector in innovation was vital to developing the next generation of high-tech innovators.

“Whenever possible, we feature HP technology in ways that support pioneering teaching and learning practices, especially to enhance achievements in math and science or other subjects essential to student success in IT careers.

“I’d like to congratulate both NUI Galway and Coláiste Iognáid on being selected for their enlightening approaches to innovative teaching and learning,” he said.

Speaking about the winning Second Life maths platform, which NUI Galway plans to use to deliver one of its courses in its Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Education degree programme, Dr James J Browne, President of NUIG, said: “We are committed to the highest quality teaching and learning experience for our students.

“The success of Dr James Cruickshank and his team in winning this award highlights this culture of innovation and learning excellence.

“Improvement in the teaching of mathematics is key to Ireland’s success as a smart economy, and we in NUI Galway are delighted to play our part in developing this vital element of national competitiveness,” he added.

By Marie Boran

Pictured at NUI Galway to announce the Irish winners of the 2009 HP Innovation in Education Grants are Dr James Cruickshank, Lecturer in Mathematics, NUI Galway; Martin Murphy, managing director, HP Ireland; and Dr James J Br