U of I receives $3 million grant from Albertson Foundation

MOSCOW, ID - The University of Idaho recently received $3 million from the Albertson Foundation.

The controversial education propositions didn't pass in this month's election, but technology in the classroom is still a hot topic in the state of Idaho.

"The fear that I have is that sometimes technology is used more as a distraction than it is as a learning tool," said University of Idaho College of Education Dean Cori Mantle-Bromley.

On Monday, the University of Idaho announced that it accepted a $3 million grant to address the issue of technology in the classroom.

"We're very excited about the grant and its potential to enhance the understanding of the use of technology in the classroom for the K-12 system," said University of Idaho President M. Duane Nellis.

The money came from the Albertson Foundation, and it will be used to develop a learning center at the university that will focus on answering a very important question.

"What are the best approaches to provide in the classroom to make it most effective for use of technology to enhance the learning environment for students?," said Nellis.

Currently, the U of I's College of Education is in the process of developing a state of the art classroom that can train teachers to use technology as an aid.

"And then what the Albertson's funds will allow us to do is bring in researchers who specifically study the impact of technology on learning," said Mantle-Bromley.

The learning center will not only allow the university to better prepare future teachers, it will also be used to train current teachers from around the state.

"We can bring them to campus and study with us and we can learn from each other in terms of making sure that we're doing the very best we can for K-12 students." said Mantle-Bromley.

The university will receive the money over a three-year period, and they will receive the first million in January.

Northwest Nazarene University, a private university near Boise, also received a grant from the Albertson Foundation to develop a similar learning center.