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HP offers half a million dollars worth of grants to bring classrooms up to speed with technology

Toni Hetherington, February 4, 2018 3:19PM Herald Sun

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Tony, Mahsa and Finn. Marrickville High School has been selected to receive an advanced learning studio as part of HP and Microsoft's Reinvent the Classroom initiative. media_cameraTony, Mahsa and Finn. Marrickville High School has been selected to receive an advanced learning studio as part of HP and Microsoft's Reinvent the Classroom initiative.

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Parents, teachers, school staff and volunteers who work in the education industry are concerned that Australian students are sub-standard in digital literacy because they are using outdated technology in the classroom.

Research Now survey data, released by technology giant HP, reveals 88% of respondents believe technology in schools is critical for the future success of students and 92 per cent saying technology in schools is crucial for Australia’s future workforce to compete in a global economy.

However, 62% of respondents said they fear kids are working on old, out of date computers and other technology devices.

The research also uncovered that parents with children at school were passionate about Aussie students having access to coding technologies (76%), robotics (74%) and 3D printing (69%) within schools.

“We know that the number one reason technology is important in our schools is because it prepares students for the jobs of the future, which is why HP has committed half a million dollars to help Australian students achieve digital literacy via our HP Kids Fund program,” said Rachael Williams, Manager, Education and Government, HP South Pacific.

Through the HP Kids Fund, 50 schools will receive grants of $10,000 to be directed towards the purchase of HP technology.

St Spyridon students had the opportunity to see, touch and use HP Touch Screen technology, in a fun way by creating their own cartoons. media_cameraSt Spyridon students had the opportunity to see, touch and use HP Touch Screen technology, in a fun way by creating their own cartoons.

All principals and teachers at Australian primary and secondary schools are encouraged to submit a short creative video (max. 60 seconds) showing how receiving this grant will help their students become more innovative and achieve better STEM learning outcomes.

The deadline to submit an application has been extended to Monday, February 12.

Schools should visit kidsfund.thehphub.com for further information and to submit an application.

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