Technology students recognized at HP Innovations in Education Worldwide Summit

Kesha Williams
March 29, 2010

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Faculty in the ECSU Technology Department announce an award for the Best Project in the Student Design and Research Project Experiences category at the H.P. Innovations and Education Worldwide Summit. Twenty-five students in Dr. Rawat's Introduction to Engineering Technology class completed the projects. The research projects required students to complete energy audits on area homes.

"Sixty posters were peer judged for three categories; Student Design and Research Project Experiences, Digital Learning Experiences, and Measurement Methods. Our project was voted as the best project under the Student Design and Research Project Experiences category," added Dr. Rawat.

Dr. Kuldeep Rawat, Dr. Ellis Lawrence from the Department of Technology, and ECSU Chief Information Officer Mr. Anthony Adade attended the HP Innovations in Education Worldwide Summit in San Francisco, Ca.  The summit was hosted by HP Office for Global Social Innovation in collaboration with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). The ECSU team was joined by Dr. Rita Fuller from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is the Associate Director of North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network, and HP appointed peer mentor for the HP Innovations in Education project at ECSU.

The conference schedule included inspiring keynotes, expert panels, interactive workshops and poster sessions. The aim of the summit was to accelerate the success of key projects and build a global community of educators who are using technology to provide innovative learning experiences for students. The summit also showcased experiences from past HP grant recipients who have used technology to support innovations in teaching and learning.

"It was refreshing to see how people from different countries were using technology in innovative ways in their classrooms, said Dr. Rawat, the Principal Investigator for the HP Innovations in Education grant at ECSU.

"A tour of HP Head Office and Research Facility in Palo Alto, CA gave attendees a firsthand look at the latest technology in Smart Homes, Thin-Clients, HALO Video Conferencing and Telepresence technology, future display panels, and digital signage," said Dr. Rawat.

"We spoke with the people behind the technology we use in our daily lives." He added that the experience has opened the door for collaboration with educators and technology researchers around the world to work towards improving student learning through use of technology.

The HP Innovations in Education Worldwide Summit brought together teachers, professors, students, and education thought-leaders from around the world to learn about innovations in education and to share how technology is being used to "re-imagine the classroom". Attendees include more than 120 higher education faculty and secondary education teachers from 25 countries who received 2009 HP Innovations in Education grants.

For more information on ECSU's Innovations in Education award or use of it, contact Dr. Kuldeep S. Rawat, ksrawat@mail.ecsu.edu.