University of Silesia is announced as one of three Polish universities which won the Innovation in Education Grant Initiative awarded by Hewlett-Packard. The programme rewards secondary schools and universities for their innovative teaching and learning projects. The University’s project of Teaching Chemoinformatics in a Mobile and Interactive Environment was chosen for implementation and will be granted by receiving a mobile technology solution, such as tablet PCs, laptops, printers, access points (worth USD 100 000), and a cash donation valued at approximately USD 10 000. The University will also be invited to join a network of educators around the world who are working to design the future of high tech education through which they can share ideas and best practices in areas such as online learning, virtual worlds and simulations.
The granted programme will be initiated in the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry of Chemistry Institute in Katowice.
The grants given to secondary schools aim to improve student achievement by using technology to redesign the learning experience, while for universities, the aim is to specifically enhance the engineering, computer science and IT degree programmes.
The grant winners were selected from proposals submitted by secondary schools and universities as part of the request for proposal process initiated by HP earlier this year. A jury of HP and education experts from HP’s partner ISTE evaluated the submissions and selected those that best integrated technology at the intersection of teaching and learning and fostered innovation in education.