Google has announced a program called Google TV for EDU, which is described as a seeding program to support university research. Google essentially gives Google TV devices (Logitech Revues) to university faculty for the purpose of carrying out in-classroom research.
The Google TV team has been working with Google's Student Ambassador Program and University Programs to give students and faculty around the country access to Google TV.
"This initiative began last semester when Google Student Ambassadors hosted Google TV study breaks on over thirty campuses," explains product marketing manager Miriam Schneider. "The ambassadors had students compete to win Sony Internet TVs for their friends and school. They hosted pizza breaks, tech challenges, YouTube marathons and of course, college football viewing parties. The top seven most creative study breaks won two Sony Internet TVs to give back to their college as a reward for their school spirit and enthusiasm for Google TV."
"The momentum from the Google TV study breaks has carried over into the classroom," says Schneider. "Already, the web on TV has proven itself as a great platform for early education and reading skills with web apps like PBS Kids and Meegenius. However, professors have expressed interest in expanding these opportunities to all levels of learning."
Google says it is asking faculty how their research could generate new interest in TV engineering, make computer science tangible for students, help in the development of smart TV curricula/new education tools, contribute to in-classroom/distance learning over TV, and/or reach a wide audience.