With the launch of three specific initiatives HP is attempting to help those in Education optimise their investments in IT
Back in October when HP announced the launch of its Learning Studios programme in three UK schools, the idea was an attempt to address the perceived digital skills gap and foster creative and collaborative learning through new and improved technologies.
At the time the firm and its programme partners – Microsoft and Digital Promise Global – selected some 61 institutions worldwide and three from the UK – in an attempt to reinvent the classroom and shape the future of learning.
Such moves provide welcome respite, as although investments in technology have continued to pay dividends for forward thinking educational establishments across the UK, the sector has recently come under increasing financial pressure as budgets have continued to shrink in line with overriding market conditions.
Indeed, in many cases, faced with cuts, those in charge of IT procurement have been forced to make do with ageing solutions that are sometimes no longer fit for purpose.
This, said Caroline Wright, director general of the British Educational Suppliers Association, in an interview with Silicon, has seen schools ‘increasingly having to make do and mend, with more than 900,000 school computers currently in UK schools reported to be ineffective or broken’.
Yet, as the UK is one of only five countries in the world with a compulsory computing curriculum, this seems odd, particularly at a time when technology is recognised as an enabler and has been helping to raise educational standards and reduce costs for a number of years now.
And with a drive towards T-Levels and the importance of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) in further education having been reaffirmed during the recent Queen’s speech there is clearly an appetite to start putting things right.
In its general election manifesto the Conservative Party has stood by its target of creating 3 million apprenticeships by 2020 as it also pledged to ‘establish new institutes of technology’ to provide courses ‘specialising in technical disciplines, such as STEM’.
Furthermore, in a government release that accompanied the Queen’s speech it was confirmed that an extra half a billion pounds per year will be invested in England’s technical education system.”
Now companies like HP are doing their bit to help those in education optimise their investments in IT.
With its HP for Education Programme education customers can trade in their old PCs, laptops and printers and gain a cash contribution to new ICT. Alternatively, HP says it will use the same cash amount and contribute to a catalogue allowing the school to spend its HPFE credits on printer cartridges, classroom stationery and things such as sports equipment.
Last year, the IT solutions provider said that many schools were unaware of the promotion and had missed out.
For those schools and colleges looking to build computers that match their exact needs, HP has launched an all-new Customise to Order Programme for Desktop Computing. This, says the firm, will enable institutions to order uniquely built HP Desktop PCs that can be customised with HP components, such as warranty and imaging, before being delivered to schools and colleges within 24 hours of submission.
Lastly, if an education establishment spends over £20,000 they will be entered into a prize draw to win a HP STEM & Creative Learning Studio which consists of the following: Dremel 3D40 for Education, HP Sprout G2, 10 x HP Probook x360EE, 2 x HP Classroom Manager and HP 20 Mgd Charging Cart V2. Misco is proud to be one of only four reseller partners, working with HP, to promote this #FollowTheRipple initiative to its education audience.
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